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Town-twinning for climate protection – Georgia and Germany

13th – 14th  February 2014 Batumi, Georgia

The Town-Twinning for Climate Protection Conference will take place on 13th-14th February, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel Batumi in Georgia. The event aims to strengthen relations between German and Georgian communities in the area of municipal climate protection.

13.02.14 Climate Alliance

The two-day event will provide a platform for German municipalities to share with their Georgian counterparts the experiences of German communities in developing and implementing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). SEAPs are a central tool of the European initiative “Covenant of Mayors”, which an increasing number of Georgian communities are participating in.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Mr. Peter Pichl, Federal Environmental Agency Germany
  • Ms. Nino Sharashidze, First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
  • Mr. Jemal Ananidze, Mayor of the City of Batumi
  • Mr. Miguel Morcillo, Climate Alliance

The outcomes of the conference, as well as future recommendations for Georgian municipalities, will be compiled into a booklet, which will be disseminated in Georgia and available to download for conference participants. The conference is hosted by Climate Alliance and is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety  and the Federal Environmental Agency.

 To learn more about the conference agenda click here.

 European Green Capital Award

Following Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Nantes, Copenhagen is the European Green Capital for 2014. This award recognises environmental best practices in areas such as sustainable transport and land use, green urban areas, water consumption, and the fight against climate change. Copenhagen has demonstrated its efforts to become an eco-friendly and sustainable city in various ways, for example:

  • It has an ambitious aim to be the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025
  • 90% of building waste is reused
  • 36% of commuters and 55% of Copenhageners cycle to work or school/college
  • District heating serves 98% of households
  • 96% of residents live within 15 minutes’ walk of a recreational area

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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