2017-07-14 | Raising the Energy Efficiency Awareness: EU Sustainable Energy Week in Voznesensk

19-24 June, Voznesensk hosted the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This year’s event is not the first one held in town. For years, it has been gathering numerous participants and activists interested in energy efficiency technologies.

This year, the Resource Energy Efficiency Centre, with support from the local authorities, has sponsored the following activities:

• 19 and 20 June, the Resource Energy Efficiency Centre held consultations on energy efficient modernisation of buildings;
• 20-22 June in the evening summer performance stage at the Sichova Slava Park hosted a special film show. 160 local residents joined the event to watch films about environmental protection and human impact on the natural environment.
• 21 June the Resource Energy Efficiency Centre hosted a capacity building training session for the south region energy managers with the focus on energy efficiency in local communities;
• 23 June, young people came to the Local youth centre to make a solar energy collector. Representatives from local authorities attended the event as well.
• 24 June, local activists and representatives from the Resource Energy Efficiency Centre organised the local environmental initiative and cleaned the Metvovod River and recreation areas near the river.

Activists made an inspiring video about the events held during the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

All the events held within the EU Sustainable Energy Week were focused on awareness raising and importance of improvement and implementation of energy efficiency and energy saving in Voznesensk.

Translated by Yuliya Derevyanko

2017-07-13 | Going on a Press Tour to Novi Sanzhary, where Parks and Lilac Trees Replaced Garbage Dumps

On July 10, CLEEN project participants from EKOLTAVA NGO (Poltava, Ukraine) went on their third press tour. This time, accompanied by the media representatives, the activists visited Novi Sanzhary, a small town and a district centre located in the picturesque Poltava region, Ukraine.

Novi Sanzhary is known for its outstanding results in local development, municipal improvement and supporting the public peace. Thus, ECOLTAVA could not have picked a better place for a press tour.

During the tour, activists and journalists met with the representatives of local authorities. Inna Koba, the chair of the local council, and Valentyna Ivashyna, the deputy chair, told about the implementation of environmental projects and municipal improvement in Novi Sanzhary.

For the past three years, local authorities have been partnering with activists to clean the riverbed of the Vorona River and strengthen the banks of the Vorskla River using the funds allocated from the regional budget.
“Every year the water level at the river drops by almost 1.5 meters, so we are aware that we need to establish a water regulation facility on the border of Novi Sanzhary and Kobeliaky districts, which will ensure a stable water level”, says Yuri Bovkun, the head of the Novi Sanzhary Water Management Department.

 



Novi Sanzhary managed to get rid of garbage dumps. For example, in 2008, the local government, together with local residents, planted young oaks and lindens that replaced the illegal garbage dump. The park was then called The Parents and Children of the Third Millennium.


They disposed of about 100 garbage trucks and arranged the space planning in the Lilac Grove in Vovchi Gory area. The place has been equipped with parking lots, recreational areas, toilets and garbage bins. The grove located not far from Novi Sanzhary along the Poltava-Alexandria highway has become a nice recreation area for locals and visitors.


It’s been a few years since the DESPRO project has been launched in Novi Sanzhary district with a focus on decentralisation. Today, Novi Sanzhary is known as a clean neighbourhood. We asked Inna Koba, the chair of the local council, to tell about the project.


In 2016, with support from the German partners – GIZ – the local community established a memorial complex The Site of Hetman Ivan Mazepa (one of the most famous Ukrainian hetmans, a man of controversies, and a prominent leader known for his alliance with the Swedish king during the Great Northern War), a new beach and a recreation area with a well-developed infrastructure.



A visit that deserves special attention is the one paid by EKOLTAVA team and the media representatives to the municipal solid waste landfill in Zachepylivka village. Sergiy Bulbakha, the chair at the Novi Sanzhary district administration, says that this is the only waste dump in Poltava region with all the required permits from the municipal utilities administration and the environmental inspection. The landfill with2 ha area has been designed for 60 thousand tons of waste; its operational capabilities allow to dispose of the waste from the entire region for the next 5 years. For today, wastes from 5 settlements are being brought here, and six more communities are planning on joining it by the end of this year.

 

In 2015, Novi Sanzhary district administration partnered with GIZ in DESPRO project to improve the capacity of the landfill, so it could serve the entire district. At the same time, Mr. Bulbakha says that in addition to infrastructure development, their aim is to change people’s attitude to waste management.
ECOLTAVA is intended to raise public awareness aiming to reduce waste and start using the existing resources more efficiently. Within the DESPRO project implementation, a recycling competition between local schoolchildren was held. They collected and gave for recycling over a ton of plastic waste. The raised money was used for the needs of schools that took part in the competition.

Mykola Riabyka, ECOLTAVA’s project manager, showed the handbook Garbage-free Village to the participants of the press tour. The handbook contains all sorts of useful information on public awareness campaigns regarding waste treatment in Novi Sanzhary and other local communities in Poltava region.
Today, we can witness the significant change, which is the result of cooperation between the local community and self-government agencies, and as well their commitment to the local development.

Special thanks from ECOLTAVA team to the participants of the tour: Inna Koba, the chair of Novi Sanzhary local council; Valentyna Ivashyna, deputy chair; Sergiy Bulbakha, the chair of Novi Sanzhary district administration. Special thanks to media representatives: Evgen Kabluchuk (Energolife.info), Inna Bezugla and Evgen Chornyi (Misto studio, Poltava TV), Olena Vohnytska (Events and Comments newspaper), Lina Reshetnyk (VPoltavi.info), Inna Kulish (Ekopraktikum, a TV show on Ltava TV), Yaroslava Fomina (Kolo newspaper), Natalia Ochkan (Ukrainian radio), Victoria Zhyzhenkova ( Poltava News) and Lidia Ritchenko (Ltava TV).

Margaryta Mostova, PR manager, ECOLTAVA NGO

All activities have been sponsored by the local project, i.e. the Centre for Sustainable Development of Poltava Region, with support from the international grant programs LINK and CLEEN. The projects are funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the EU.

Translated by Yuliya Derevyanko

2017-07-10 | Colaborare to attract more interested parties and partners

This year, Colaborare, an NGO from Moldova, has been working hard to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy among local people and public authorities. Following a number of rounds of negotiations with the leader of Yedinetskiy district, local authorities have become interested parties and partners to the project. As a result of fruitful cooperation, one of district administration departments hired an energy manager. Together they worked out an insulation project for a district hospital. The project was selected during a tender. It is currently funded by the Energy Efficiency Fund in Moldova and is receiving 5.3 million lei, which is partially District Council co-financing.
With this project, all windows and doors have been replaced by PVC windows and doors in all 5 hospital buildings. Currently, all outside walls in all buildings are being insulated.



It is important that walls are being insulated with foam plastic 10 cm thick, which will work great in winter. Even while it’s summer one can feel that the wards are not so hot and stuffy as they used to be before the walls were insulated. It should be noted that wall insulation using foam plastic 5 cm thick is less efficient.
Using these energy efficiency measures, district authorities and the hospital administration are intended to improve the conditions for patients and employees, and as well reduce the consumption of gas for heating and save at least 30% of the budget funds.
As an interested party and partner to the project, the management of the district administration participate in the conferences and seminars held by Colaborare NGO as part of CLEEN project.

Grigore Mustiatse, President, Colaborare NGO

2017-07-10 | Youth energy clubs in Shirak region

”From 03-07th of July “Yeghvard” youth ecological NGO have implemented “Youth energy clubs” seminar, seminar was the main activity of CLEEN project that is being implementing since 01 of April. The seminar involved 15 participants from Akhuryan, Mets Mantash and Saralangh villages of Shirak region. The main aim of the seminar was to raise awareness among the young people about energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy saving projects.

2017-07-03 | Ukraine striving for energy independence!

 CLEEN project participants from Ukraine – the Voice of Nature NGO, EcoLtava and Kremenchuk Nature Conservation Society took part in the national information tour titled “Energy Independence is Our Shared Interest!” Eco-activists arranged exhibitions in Poltava, Lubny, Kremenchug, Kaminske, where people had a chance to see how solar water heating plants worked and learned how to insulate houses, increase energy efficiency and prevent climate change.

According to CLEEN participants, in 2017, the government budgeted 60 times less for energy efficiency than for subsidies. However, experts believe that energy efficiency should be the government’s major priority. Due to efficient implementation of measures and energy saving, we can abandon gas imports, protect the environment and create new jobs. Eco-activists went on the info tour intending to visit Ukrainian cities and come out with what exactly we can do today to save energy and achieve energy independence.

Energy saving and energy efficiency is the only possible development direction for the next 20 years, which will lead to economic growth and normal life for people”, says Dmytro Sakaliuk, energy efficiency expert, tour coordinator. – We visit numerous cities, talk to people, give them simple and practical advice: where to get money for insulation, how to create and efficiently manage condominiums, how to build a solar water heater. Energy independence is our shared interests, everyone’s responsible for the clean and safe future”, says the activist.

Ukrainians have learned about energy efficiency while attending creative and interesting events, including the topical photo shoot, demonstration of videos. They could also rent a bike for free and take part in the game called “The City of Climate Magic”. Activists came out with how to save energy in everyday life, shared information about energy, climate change and city cycling. Find out more by visiting the online library at http://ecoclubrivne.org/eco_library/.
In each of the cities, the team asked the people to sign the petition to the government to give more money for energy efficiency. They also met with local authorities, people and journalists to discuss how to build energy independent and comfortable cities and perform mechanisms for improving energy efficiency in public and private buildings (revolving funds, energy service contracts).

  

The national info tour titled “Energy Independence is Our Shared Interest” has visited 6 more cities at the end of May, including Kherson (22 May), Mykolayiv (23 May), Odessa (25 MAy), Chernivtsi (28 May), Ivano-Frankivsk (29 MAy), Uzhgorod (31 May).
Tour sponsors: Ecoclub NGO in partnership with Ukraine’s National Environment Center, OPORA network, Education World and Kyiv Cyclists Association. The tour is carried out with the support from the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency, the Austrian Red Cross, Heinrich Böll foundation, the Swedish Society for the Conservation of Nature, the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature and the Ukrainian Climate Network. Environmental activists and experts are on the all-Ukrainian tour for the fifth time.

Find out more:
Inna Muliavka, Press Secretary, Ecoclub
Tel.: 0673634097
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2017-06-15 | CLEEN ENERGY HAS CHANGED OUR LIVES

During the EU Sustainable Energy Week the CLEEN project will show the importance of energy efficiency and cost savings and the accountability of local and national authorities on this issue.

2017-06-12 | Climate Change Talks: Energy Efficiency and Ambition

Gamarjoba NGO’s (CLEEN member from Georgia) leader Olga Podosenova took part in the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (Germany). Together with Ecodefense team she worked on publishing a Russian-newsletter for observers during the negotiations #Below 2.
By the time the May Talks began in Bonn, the Paris Agreement had been ratified by 145 of 197 members of the UNFCCC. Georgia submitted the documents for the ratification on the first day of the Bonn Conference and became 145th state to join the Paris Agreement.

The main purpose of the conference was to maintain the dynamics and the attitude established during the talks in Paris and Marrakech. The instruments should be developed quickly to achieve ambitious goals, including the major one, i.e. to retain the global warming within 2 (or even 1,5) degrees Celsius.
To encourage the representatives of national governments, the Secretariat of the Convention organized the Climate Action Fair in Bonn with the aim to demonstrate the unprecedented involvement of people, businesses, cities and regions in anti-climate change activities. Numerous meetings, a workshop with a focus on innovations, and many other events were held during the Climate Action Fair.

Local urban and rural development was one of the major focuses during the latest climate change talks. Several events of the Bonn conference were dedicated to cities’ initiatives, i.e. improvement of energy efficiency and implementation of energy saving programs. These are the focus of areas of #CLEEN project that has joined NGOs from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia.

According to experts, local authorities are nowadays much more ambitious than the leaders of the states: Copenhagen (Denmark), Antwerp (Belgium), the Province of Siena (Italy), Palmerstone (USA). have undertaken to totally reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Malmo (Sweden), Cincinnati, Santa Cruz (USA) and other cities have undertaken to switch to 100% use of renewable energy. You can find out more about your cities’ initiatives and try to find your city there on the map ‘Local Governments for Sustainability’ ICLEI and on the Mayor Covenant map.

During Bonn talks, women's participation in anti-climate change initiative was discussed. WEDO (Women's Environment and Development Organization) presented the action plan regarding the gender issues to the conference participants. According to the WECF leader Sasha Gabizon, the key to traditional knowledge is the key to awareness and change, and therefore, indigenous peoples should be fully participate in climate negotiations at national, local and international levels. It is also important that budgets of different levels be discussed with the participation of women. Today, women make up only 30% of the official delegations of the Parties at the meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In addition, #WECF and representatives of other NGOs took part in a flash mob to incite the official delegations to strengthen their anti-climate change ambitions.
One of the major issues discussed the session was the Mechanism of Sustainable Development. The states have submitted their proposals regarding this issue to the Secretariat, which is very important for international projects and cooperation between the states.

The next major climate forum, where a number of important anti-climate change decisions process to be adopted, i.e. the Climate Conference, will be held in November 2017 in Bonn.

Translated by Yuliya Derevyanko

2017-05-24 | Revolving Fund to work in Domanivka township!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 16, during the meeting with representatives of two condominiums from Domanivka township (Ukraine), the representatives from the “Agency for Economic Development” and local authorities came up with the Programme concept and the major requirements. Later on, a competitive tender for the condominiums intended to get the reimbursable financial assistance will be announced.

In order to promote energy saving, Domanivka local council approved the Programme for Energy Saving and Insulation in Multi-dwelling and Private Houses. The Programme has been created by local authorities together with the Agency for Economic Development as part of CLEEN project (Civil Society Local Energy Efficiency Network). Leaders of condominiums, representatives of community councils and local activists as well contributed to the Programme development. Participants of this Programme, including condominiums and private households will receive reimbursable financial assistance. Previously, in other local communities, only condominiums could participate in such Programmes.

Find out more:
Serhii Trandafil, Agency for Economic Development
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Translated by Yuliya Derevyanko

 

2017-05-18 | Feasibility study of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova

This in an overview of the feasibility of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova. In each country, existing national climate and energy policies are examined and, if existing, feed-in tariffs for renewable energy are explained. Further, the energy supply and gender aspects are explored, with a focus on rural communities. The country-specific legal framework for (energy) cooperatives is summed up, followed by an overview of existing cooperatives in the countries.

2017-05-10 | Snowfall in April: yet another climate change alert

 

Snowfall in April appeared to be another climate change alert that brought into sharp focus the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the new climate conditions. According to the Voice of Nature environmental organization, snowfall in the middle of spring was a clear illustration of climate change effects.

2017-04-04 | Earth Hour with Ecoclub 2017

During the Earth Hour party, ecologists urged people to save energy and protect the environment every day. Activists shared their best practices on energy efficiency, told why people throughout the globe switch of the electricity for one hour, and made a presentation of Rivne region rich in natural recourses.

2017-04-04 | Get Involved to Protect the Earth’s Climate!

March 25-26, 2017, Kamianske (former Dneprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine) hosted a number of awareness raising events dedicated to the Earth Hour and lead by the Voice of Nature environmental organization. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since 2008, the Earth Hour campaign has become the global event, with more and more cities in different countries joining it every year. In Kamianske, the Earth Hour is held since 2009. You can find out more about the Earth Hour on the WWF website.

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