April 25-26, 2019, the 3rd Conference of the Covenant of Mayors in Belarus will be held in Polасk. Currently, 45 Belarusian cities and more than 8,800 cities of Europe have joined this European initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The main issues for discussion during the event will be financial mechanisms that can be used by the cities participating in the Covenant of Mayors. Opportunities for obtaining additional funding arise from the fact that after joining the city’s initiative, they are developing action plans for sustainable energy and climate that are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Plans may include activities in various areas of urban services, from transportation to building insulation.
Special attention at the conference will be paid to improving energy efficiency in apartment buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the waste management sector, adapting to climate change and green infrastructure in cities.
The conference will present innovative experiences of climate change mitigation and adaptation at the local level in Belarus and Europe.
The conference program includes not only presentations and panel discussions, but also visits to energy efficiency demonstration and historical sites. Polасk is not only one of the most ancient cities of Eastern Slavs, but also the first to sign the Covenant of Mayors in Belarus.
The conference is held as part of the project “Strengthening the Covenant of Mayors movement in Belarus”, funded by the European Union.
The event was organized by the IPO “Ecopartnership”, the Polack Regional Executive Committee, the Department of Energy Efficiency of the State Committee for Standardization and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, the "Interakcia" Foundation, the GEF \ UNDP “Green Cities” project.
The organizers provide registered participants with a transfer from Minsk to Polack and back, as well as hotel accommodation and meals according to the conference program.
If you have any questions, you can contact the project coordinator Olga Kuzmina (IPO "Ecopartnership") by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by tel.: + 375 (17) 336-01-90.
More information about the Covenant of Mayors in Belarus can be found on climate.ecopartnerstvo.by.