By Diana Kurilo
The declaration on Polotsk’s joining was signed in German Friedrichshafen, with the solemn ceremony attended by the mayors of Friedrichshafen and Spanish Murcia, in addition to members of the public and media. Polotsk is now the first Belarusian city to take on the obligations of the EU’s ‘20-20-20’ strategy. This aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent, while expanding the application of alternative energy sources by 20 percent and raising energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. Membership gives Polotsk access to European innovative energy saving technologies, while expanding its sci-tech potential and establishing partner ties with other participating cities.
The realisation of Polotsk’s sustainable energy development plan is to become the first stage of the Sustainable Urban Energy in the Region of the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument — towards the Covenant of Mayors project. The plan has been developed jointly by international experts from Spanish Bionet and the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences’ Energy Institute.