The initiative was presented on 26 February, in Minsk, during an information meeting organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. It is expected that the renewal of the city’s lighting, which will be financed by the EU, will allow Polotsk to save almost 500 MW of electricity and preclude 200 tons of CO2 from getting into the city’s atmosphere.
Most probably, the project "PubLiCity: Energy Efficient Modernization of Public Lighting in the City of Polotsk" will start in summer or fall, this year, after its state registration. During the 4 years of its realization, 16 streets and avenues in Polotsk will receive 900 energy efficient lamps, and 1000 decorative lamps with minimal energy consumption will illuminate the city’s 44 buildings and monuments.
The information meeting was held at a conference hall in Europa Hotel. Photo provided by the Delegation of the EU to Belarus
The prospective energy savings, in comparison with 2016, should amount to 480 MW, while CO2 emission should fall by 200 ton, also comparing with the 2016 level. Such improvements will bring Polotsk closer to the goal of decreasing CO2 emissions by 20% until 2020.
Polotsk set this goal in 2011, right after joining the Covenant of Mayors and the consequent approval of the Polotsk Sustainable Energy Action Plan. (Interakcia was providing expertise during the development of the Plan.)
Therefore, it is logical that the PubLiCity project will be financed with the EU Programme "Supporting the Eastern Partnership Cities in the Implementation of Sustainable Energy Plans (SEAPs) under the Covenant of Mayors". The project’s overall budget is € 1.600.000, while the European Union contributes € 1.300.000 of this sum. Interakcia Foundation and Polotsk District Executive Committee are the key partners in the realization of the project.
However, the cities that have signed the Covenant of Mayors – more thant 6000 cities from all over Europe – can count not only on obtaining international financial support (including, by the EU). These cities can also receive additional access to the cutting-edge technologies and innovation in the realm of energy efficiency and international consultancy.
A unique experience that Polotsk will earn will become an inspiring example for city authorities across entire Belarus. Specifically, during specialized exchange visits and trainings, representatives of more than 100 municipalities will be able to learn about opportunities and ways of introducing energy efficient models of city lighting.
Apart from Polotsk, 10 other Belarusian cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors. Two of them, Braslav and Chausy, just like Polotsk, will receive funding within the EU Programme "Supporting the Eastern Partnership Cities in the Implementation of Sustainable Energy Plans (SEAPs) under the Covenant of Mayors" to implement their project to increase energy efficiency. These initiatives were also presented at the information meeting organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus.
Specifically, in Braslav, boilers working on straw, efficient heat exchangers for apartment buildings and solar collectors for kindergarten will appear. The project will be realized by the Center for Ecological Solution in cooperation with the Braslav authorities. The initiative’s overall budget is € 595.000, and the European Union provides € 476.000 of this sum.
And in Chausy, the city’s water channel will undergo full modernization. The modernization will enable to save water resources by 8% and electricity by 3%, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.8%. The project’s budget – € 595.000, the EU’s contribution – € 476.000.
According to Anatoly Kopets, a key expert of the Programm "Supporting the Eastern Partnership Cities in the Implementation of Sustainable Energy Plans (SEAPs) under the Covenant of Mayors", each country’s and the entire humanity’s aspirations for energy stability, economic well-being, good relations with the environment, and people’s health largely depend on the efforts at local level. And the Covenant of Mayors in fact demonstrate how authorities can make such efforts much more effective.
Head of the Delegation of the EU to Belarus Maira Mora and Deputy Chair of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Semashko answer to journalists' questions. Photo provided by the EU Delegation to Belarus