Enhancing Renewable Energy Solutions

Regional Learning Experiences in Southeast Europe/Caucasus

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Photo: Municipality of Senaki

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, municipalities across Southeast Europe and the Caucasus are actively seeking innovative solutions to address their energy needs. In this context, Connective Cities facilitated two peer-to-peer exchange activities as part of a regional learning process on renewable energy options at the municipal level. These exchanges not only fostered collaboration but also provided valuable insights and inspiration for future projects. Let's delve into these transformative experiences:



Peer-to-Peer Consultations: Senaki – Eredvi

From April 10th to 12th, Connective Cities organised a peer-to-peer exchange between Senaki and Eredvi, two Georgian municipalities grappling with the challenge of accommodating internally displaced people. These discussions proved to be extremely productive and provided a platform for the exchange of information and experience in the field of renewable energy options.

During the event, Eredvi showcased its innovative solar power plant, offering insights into sustainable energy solutions. Meanwhile, Senaki presented a practical application of renewable energy with a solar panel-equipped bench installed at an internally displaced persons settlement. These showcases not only highlighted the municipalities' commitment to sustainability but also provided tangible examples of how renewable energy can be integrated into everyday life.

Furthermore, Senaki warmly welcomed the exchange participants to the newly inaugurated Techno Park, emphasising its role in promoting education, particularly in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology. The visit also included an exploration of a cultural heritage site where electric vehicles for tourist transportation, implemented by Senaki municipality, showcased its dedication to eco-friendly mobility solutions.

Peer-to-Peer Consultations: Poti, Georgia – Lutsk, Ukraine

In another collaborative effort, the city of Poti, Georgia, and the city of Lutsk, Ukraine, took part in a peer-to-peer exchange on 29 March. This virtual event highlighted the commitment of both municipalities to sustainable development by presenting innovative approaches and management strategies.

The city of Poti presented its human-centred design approach - multifunctional space and offered valuable insights for Lutsk, while Lutsk's solar panel installation at Poti's municipal swimming pool inspired renewable energy initiatives. Potential funding and cooperation opportunities, such as organising competitions for swimming teams and retraining lifeguards, were also discussed.

This exchange not only promotes cooperation but also drives progress towards shared sustainability goals. By learning from each other's successes and challenges, both municipalities are better equipped to address the complexities of urban development and build more resilient communities.

In conclusion, these peer-to-peer exchanges demonstrate the power of collaboration in advancing renewable energy solutions at the municipal level. Through knowledge transfers and mutual support, municipalities in South East Europe and the Caucasus are shaping the path towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

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