Climate change poses a threat to future development both globally and locally: dry periods alternate with extreme rainfall, earlier spring is accompanied by late frosts, storms and hurricanes more often occur, temperature records are recorded from year to year.
The main reason for global climate change was the rapid growth of industry, transport and agriculture, accompanied by greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. To contain climate change, it is necessary to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy and increase its absorption by natural ecosystems as soon as possible. This is achieved by the introduction of energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy sources, optimization of production and consumption processes, waste processing, transition to more environmentally friendly modes of transport, conservation of forests and swamps.
We contribute to energy efficiency, the transition from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy, as well as adaptation to a changing climate in various fields of activity.
Our organization is the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy supporter in Belarus. This is a movement of more than 10,000 cities that have made voluntary commitments to reduce CO2 emissions and to carry out activities to adapt to climate change. We help local governments fulfill their commitments by involving a wide range of stakeholders in climate action.
Our support includes training events, exchange of experience between cities, dissemination of information materials, development of energy and climate action plans until 2030, and practical actions at the local level. We helped to develop 10 local action plans and implement initiatives such as installation of renewable energy sources, the development of cycling movement, energy efficiency, landscaping, energy days and much more.
With international partners, on the example of a residential building under construction in Minsk, the relationship between the level of its energy efficiency and the quality of design and construction, existing technical standards, financing mechanisms and the involvement of end users - residents - in the construction of the building was analyzed. Energy-efficient homes in Homel, Lida and Minsk were also evaluated. As a mechanism for the rapid assessment of the energy consumption of buildings, the organization disseminated the European experience in energy certification. More than 40 buildings received our certificate with an energy efficiency class and more than 350 educational institutions throughout Belarus conducted an energy assessment of their buildings.
Within our projects, a number of schools in Belarus received donor support for energy and resource conservation, which allowed them to replace lighting, kitchen equipment, windows. Much attention is paid to increasing the level of knowledge of teachers, schoolchildren and the general public: a variety of methodological and information materials have been developed. Our videos and posters on the theme of energy and climate are used as social advertising, incl. broadcast on television and placed on public transport.
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