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Advocate for Sustainable Energy Transition

ASET Project in 2016-2017

Armenia - Belarus - Macedonia - Serbia - Ukraine

The 1-year project "Strengthening Civil Society to Advocate for Sustainable Energy Transition" in short ASET Project has started at the end of August 2016 and finishes in October 2017.
The Project is an NGO Cooperation across the INFORSE-Europe network in 5 Eastern European countries:
Armenia, Belarus, Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and Denmark.

The overall development objective of the Project is the transition of the 5 project countries, and ultimately the region to sustainable energy in a way that eliminates energy poverty and reduces poverty in general via creation of local jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Project will facilitate to develop and promote sustainable energy strategies that are supported by a group of civil society organisations and that are influencing the official energy strategies or plans. This influence is either local or national, depending on the country.

The ASET project activities include:
ASET start up meeting
August 30 - September 1, 2016
Start-up Meeting, Subotica, Serbia
At the meeting we:
- heard reviews of the situation in Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Armenia.
- made an overview of the joint and national activities of the project.
- discussed energy planning: how to build local and national energy plans, examples of planning tools, experiences in how to succeed by NGOs with campaigns to influence energy plans, the value of NGO-driven plans.
- discussed campaigning for sustainable energy transition and planning.
Energy efficiency to 100RE

Autumn and winter 2016
Development of Sustainable Energy Strategies

Spring 2017
Workshop/seminar/stakeholder meetings in each country to discuss national or local strategy:

The draft strategies will be the focus of dialogues with civil society (for local strategies, also with municipalities). Based on inputs from workshops and other dialogues, the strategies will be finalised together with a joint agreement or statement from civil society organisations.

  Spring-summer 2017
Development of Proposals Based on the Strategies:

Following the process on the sustainable energy strategy, in each country the partner will develop inputs or proposals for official strategies and eventually legislation.
E.g., in Belarus and Serbia, where the focus is on local strategies, the partners will develop proposals for one or two local strategies with specific proposals that might form elements of sustainable energy action plan(s) that the local authorities can use to join the EU Covenant of Mayors
.
  Tentative date: August 21-25, 2016 - European Outreach
European workshop for civil society organisations on sustainable energy strategies and local solutions at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark.
Partners of the Project:
VedvarendeEnergi logo
SustainableEnergy (VedvarendeEnergi)
in cooperation with INFORSE-Europe, International Network for Sustainable Energy, Denmark (Coord.)
att. Mette R. Bowadt, Gunnar B. Olesen,
Judit Szoleczky
E: ove [at] inforse.org
W: sustainableenergy.dk and inforse.org/europe

CEKOR - Centre for Ecology and Sustainable Development, Serbia

att. Natasa Dereg
E: djnatasa [at] yahoo.com
W: cekor.org

Eko-Svest, Macedonia

att. Jasmina Said
E: info [at] ekosvest.com.mk
W: ekosvest.org.mk

 

Centre of Environmental Solutions (CES), Belarus
att. Dmitry Burenkin
E: info [at] ecoidea.by
W: ecoidea.by

Renewable Energy Agency (REA), Ukraine
att.Tetiana Zhelyezna, Oleksandra Tryboi
E: info [at] rea.org.ua
W: rea.org.ua/en
ECO-TEAM, Armenia
att. Artashes Sargsyan
E: ecoteam.ngo [at] gmail.com
W: users.freenet.am/~ecoteam
The project is financial supported by the Eastern Neighbourhood Civil Society Fund of CISU - Civil Society in Development, Denmark.
CISU Denmark logo