Representatives of 10 Belarusian cities that are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors have learned about the experiences of European Union cities in energy efficiency and sustainable city development.
The representatives participated in an EU-supported study visit to Germany and Denmark on 24-29 September, visiting cities which represent examples of successful work in reducing CO2 emissions and adapting city infrastructure to climate change.
“During the visit, a lot of useful information was presented, and in practice it was possible to see the implementation of local solutions. We will use these cities’ experience for the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of our city”, said the Deputy Chairman of the Čavusy Regional Executive Committee, Andrei Verkhavodkin.
The "Sustainable Urban Development" study tour was organised with the financial support of the European Union (through the project “Strong Covenant of Mayors – Strengthening the Covenant of Mayors Movement in Belarus”) and the German Federal Government’s support programme.
The Covenant of Mayors is a flagship EU initiative to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. It helps municipalities to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, improving the security of energy supply, and allowing them to contribute more actively to climate change mitigation.
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