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Energy awareness campaign in St.Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast cooperation on climate change with local green NGO’s

Climate change is a serious environmental problem in Russia, including St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. 70% of the CO2 pollution comes from the energy sector. Russia has a great potential to mitigate climate change by raising energy efficiency. However, the importance of climate change and energy efficiency issues are not well realized by local people and no significant action neither at national nor at regional level has been undertaken so far to raise awareness on these topics.

Climate change is a serious environmental problem in Russia, including St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. 70% of the CO2 pollution comes from the energy sector. Russia has a great potential to mitigate climate change by raising energy efficiency. However, the importance of climate change and energy efficiency issues are not well realized by local people and no significant action neither at national nor at regional level has been undertaken so far to raise awareness on these topics.

Energy efficiency awareness campaign as a way to combat climate change (COEEF) is a project funded by the European Union that aims to support Russian green NGOs as non-state actors in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast to enable them to participate more effectively in addressing energy efficiency and climate change issues. The action will mainly provide support to Russian green NGOs as non-state actors in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast to enable them to participate more effectively in addressing energy efficiency and climate change issues.

The project will focus on ‘Train the trainers’ activities for local NGOs; facilitating their meetings with local/regional authorities, mass media and EU NGOs; developing training materials and an Action Plan for a regional awareness campaign on energy efficiency and climate change issues based on the EU experience; developing an NGO Cooperation Statement and a new Association Charter; facilitating cooperation of local and EU NGOs; creating a project website and a Project Brochure, conducting the Project Conference and disseminating project results.

The lead partner of the project is the KÖVET Association for Sustainability (Hungary), involved partners are: INEM e.V. (Germany) and Environmental Center for Russian Industry (ECRI, Russia).

INEM as an association of green NGO’s has great experiences in the field of awareness raising and train the trainer activities. INEM is mainly responsible in the project for collecting and disseminating European best practises and for establishing an international network for future cooperation.

A project has started in December 2011 with duration of 24 month.

The project was funded by the European Union’s programme: Non-State Actors and Local Authorities Programme for the Baltic Sea Region (EuropeAid).

The official website of the project: www.coeef.eu