The workshop focused on Polish cities that are already convinced of the benefits of local sustainable energy policies and those that signed up to the Covenant of Mayors initiative. The main objective was to find solutions which ensure the smooth implementation of the Covenant initiative within the Polish context.
The workshop helped to improve the capacities of municipalities to:
The Covenant methodology, the available financing mechanisms and the first concrete achievements of Covenant cities were presented, while training was provided on the development and implementation of SEAPs.
Participants were invited to clearly identify local authorities’ needs as well as measures that should be put in place to boost the implementation of the Covenant of Mayors initiative in Poland. The possibility to set up a Covenant national platform was explored.
The Polish regions and networks of local authorities were encouraged to become ‘Covenant Territorial Coordinators’ or ‘Covenant Supporters’. Other key actors were invited (ministries, associations), in order to encourage networking and interaction with municipalities.
As the Covenant of Mayors initiative is not well known in Poland yet - only 11 cities signed up -, there is still a huge potential for action. The achievement of the Covenant targets by the cities participating in the workshop helped to motivate more cities to join.
The President of the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management welcomed the participants before the Director of the Polish Network Energie-Cités
Participants coming from municipalities across the country, the state, local and regional energy agencies, municipal associations and consulting companies
The Energy Manager from Dobrich (BG) Elena Anastasova shared her experience in liaison with the Energy Cities moderator and trainer