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Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

THE THIRD MEETING OF THE PLATFORM FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, ORGANISED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COVENANT MAYORS -EAST PROJECT, WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION!

THE THIRD MEETING OF THE PLATFORM FOR SUSTAINABLE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, ORGANISED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COVENANT MAYORS -EAST PROJECT, WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION!

The third meeting of the Platform for Sustainable Local Development, organized within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors-East project, with the financial support of the European Union, took place in Chisinau.

The topics discussed were sustainable local development, increasing energy efficiency, increasing the use of green energy as a solution to mitigate climate change, the role of LPAs in promoting sustainable energy and environmental protection, etc.
The meeting also discussed challenges and solutions in the implementation of SECAPs and the most important issues were included in the CoM-East National Roadmap on Energy Investment and Climate Change Adaptation.

The event was attended by Solomon Ioannou from the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Victor Parlicov, Minister of Energy, Rodica Iordanov, Minister of Environment, Aliona Rusnac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Christophe Frering, Team Leader of the CoM-East Project, Irina Plis, National Expert Covenant of Mayors - East, together with more than 50 signatories and representatives of local authorities, financial institutions, as well as representatives of academia and civil society.

Energy Minister Victor Parlicov described the priorities of the Ministry of Energy relevant to local authorities, mentioning amendments to the Law on the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources. The document allows local public authorities to create energy communities and provides for the allocation of capacity quotas under the "net metering" support mechanism.

The minister also noted that from 2024, the energy efficiency obligation scheme has been introduced, which will feed into the Residential Energy Efficiency Fund in Moldova. "The current year will be one of piloting these investments, following an ESCO-type investment mechanism, managed by the National Centre for Sustainable Energy, dedicated to public authorities," the energy minister said.

Speaking about environmental priorities, Minister Rodica Iordanov urged the signatories to participate in the National Programme for the Expansion and Rehabilitation of Forests, which will make us more resilient to climate change. This will also be achieved by afforestation over the next 10 years of land within LPAs that is subject to erosion, landslides and impracticable for agricultural use, as well as by rehabilitating forest protection fences.

The Minister also stressed that the promotion of sustainable energy and environmental protection are the main objectives of the National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring and Reporting System. Reducing CO2 levels at local level is a major objective for the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors.

The Covenant of Mayors signatories reiterated the need for government support to achieve climate neutrality targets.
It is recalled that the Ministries of Energy and Environment are the National Coordinators of the Covenant of Mayors.

At the event, the opportunities of the Climate City Gap Fund, which provides support to the signatories of the Covenant, were presented. The project submitted by the municipality of Balti to this international fund has already been selected for funding. Also, with the support of the Covenant of Mayors office, a project of Straseni municipality has been approved to another international program - Urban Transition Mission.
The results obtained by 10 localities which, through the "DAR 1+3" programme, with co-funding provided by the German Cooperation through GIZ Moldova, have successfully implemented local projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy were also shared.
A solemn moment was the handing over of flags and diplomas of membership to the Covenant of Mayors for four new localities: Gangura, Zaim, Coropceni and Chetrosu.

Following the vote of those present, the new members of the Permanent Group of the Platform were elected from the signatories of the Covenant. This position was delegated to Mrs Valentina Casian, mayor of Straseni municipality, chairwoman, and Mr Alexandr Petcov, mayor of Balti municipality, co-chairman.

Last but not least, the objectives and activities of the CoM-East Action Plan for 2024 were presented.
"An inspiring event. Let's do our homework well, so that the share of energy expenditure in public spending is reduced to the maximum", said Nicolae Tudoreanu, mayor of the village of Feștelița.
 
The Sustainable Local Development Platform is essentially a format for facilitating dialogue between the five main stakeholder groups of the Covenant of Mayors:
Localities (municipalities) committed to sustainable development,
institutions responsible for policy development and implementation at national level,
financial institutions and instruments (both national and international),
civil society,
the private sector.
 
The Covenant of Mayors for Energy and Climate is a European initiative, which brings together local and regional authorities that voluntarily commit to implement the European Union's climate and energy objectives on their territory.
 
There are currently 63 active signatories to the Covenant of Mayors in Moldova.
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