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Dear CoM East Signatories,
The Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat, in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors East Secretariat, is organizing a series of webinars focused on the Climate Finance Gap Fund financing instrument for SECAP projects. If you are interested in receiving support from the GCoM Secretariat for submitting Expressions of Interest to the Climate Finance Gap Fund, we invite you to register for the first webinar, which aims to introduce this facility.
The first webinar is scheduled for September 12, 2023 at 10.00 CET, and will cover the following topics: 1) Introduction to the Gap Fund opportunity for CoM East cities 2) Case studies of cities already engaged with the Gap Fund 3) Walkthrough of the EOI process and requirements 4) Question and answer session along with EOI assistance
The webinar will feature English-Russian and English-Ukrainian interpretation. Kindly register using the provided link to access the webinar.
We look forward to your participation in this informative session as we explore opportunities to enhance climate finance for your SECAP projects.
Building a Greener Future: The Critical Need for Professional Skills Development in Energy Efficiency for Municipal and Private Sector Employees
George Abulashvili, the national expert for CoM East, recently participated in a TV show "Real Estate Prospects" on "Business media Georgia" TV, where he discussed critical issues related to building energy efficiency in Georgia. George Abulashvili, the national expert for CoM East, recently participated in a TV show "Real Estate Prospects" on "Business media Georgia" TV, where he discussed critical issues related to building energy efficiency in Georgia.
CoM East Secretariat Supports Ukrainian Cities in Developing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans
The Covenant of Mayors supports cities in achieving their sustainable energy and climate goals. By signing up to the initiative, local authorities committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and increasing their use of renewable energy sources. One of the core documents that signatories had to develop and submit to the CoM is the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP).
There is a growing recognition of the crucial role women can play in addressing climate and energy issues. Research has shown that when women are involved in decision-making, policies and programs are more likely to be effective and sustainable.
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, in the REPowerEU communication, the Commission stressed the need to eliminate our dependency on Russian fossil fuels. In the longer term, reducing the energy demand through energy savings, and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy remain no-regret options. In the meantime we also need to diversify the energy supplies. The level of ambition is very high, and so are the investment needs to implement the REPowerEU plan, and the financing sources that can be used for this purpose. The session provides an overview of the REPowerEU plan, and its expected impact on the EU energy system.
Ukraine Recovery Program is an agreement that was signed on December 9, 2020, and ratified on July 14, 2021. It envisages attracting 340 million euros to finance activities aimed at the implementation of projects to restore social infrastructure, housing and communal facilities in regions affected by the military conflict, as well as in those that have experienced great burden due to a significant influx of internally displaced persons.
On 26 – 30 June, 2022, in Katowice (Poland), the 11th World Urban Forum – the conference devoted to urbanization and its influence on cities, economy, climate changes and policies – took place
The team experts of CoM - East project from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, together with representatives of municipalities of several towns and cities of these countries, namely, Dedoplistskaro and Poti (Georgia), Sireti and Ialoveni (Moldova), Baryshivka, Bucha, Irpin, Mykolaiv and Rivne (Ukraine), were active participants of the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland, and also had a study visit to a Polish city of Cieszyn by the invitation of partners from this city. It was an extremely valuable, intensive and fruitful time of exchange of experience.