The COMO-East Project is funded by the European Union's Covenant of Mayors (COMO), an EU initiative that involves local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in their territories. By committing to this initiative, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the EU's objective to reduce CO2 with 20% by 2020.
COMO-East is the expansion of the COMO initiative in the Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian countries. Its purpose is to encourage and support local authorities in beneficiary countries to achieve and implement a more sustainable local energy policy by signing up to the Covenant of Mayors, and to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). A SEAP shows how a Covenant signatory will reach its commitment by 2020. Signatories commit themselves to submitting their SEAPs within the year following adhesion.
Project partners of COMO-East are the municipalities of Balti (Republic of Moldova), Vinnytsia (Ukraine), Icherisheher (the old town of Baku, Azerbaijan) and the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. Furthermore, the Institute of Urban Development of the Vinnytsia City Council is an associate of this project.
Objective and target sectors
The objective of the COMO-East project is to assist the local authorities in the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels, and to enable them to make contributions to climate change mitigation. In particular, the project aims to enhance their capacities towards more sustainable energy planning through the development of Baseline Emission Inventories (BEIs) and SEAPs and their partial implementation.
Main target sectors of the SEAPs are: buildings, equipment/facilities and urban transport. The SEAPs may also include actions related to local electricity production and to local heating/cooling generation. With the development of SEAPs, cities are trying to increase awareness among the general public on climate change and energy issues. This will be reached through campaigns, events and communication activities. Experiences and best practices are exchanged through regional and global networks.
Target groups of COMO-East are the local authorities and local population of the municipalities of Balti, Vinnytsia and Icherisheher. Final beneficiaries are, again, the local authorities and the local population. For the local authorities, several benefits would arise from the development and implementation of the SEAPs, such as the expected increase in financial resources through energy savings and through the local energy production. In addition, the implementation of the SEAPs should have multiple benefits for all the inhabitants of the cities through the improvement of general well-being, and will help in the further development of sustainable energy policies. Finally, the participation of the three cities in the COMO initiative and in the SEAP process will improve their visibility and their access to EU funds.
Each project partner city has selected one activity from its action plan to implement. Balti chose to insulate the external walls of a kindergarten, Icherisheher will replace its energy inefficient street lights, and Vinnytsia chose to replace the obsolete wooden window frames of a school.
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