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Indian cities to fast-forward low carbon development through Zagreb staff exchange

Delegates from the Indian Urban-LEDS model cities of Rajkot and Thane will visit Zagreb (Croatia) from 7-11 March 2016, where they will work alongside their Croatian peers to discover new ways to drive low-carbon development.

Rajkot Municipality, to be represented by Deputy Commissioner Nandani Chetan Kirit, has implemented sustainable change during the course of the Urban-LEDS project and has been declared a ‘Solar City’ by the Government of India. The city of Thane won two awards last year for its recent advancements in the areas of renewable energy, water and waste. Thane Municipal Corporation has put forward Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, the city’s administrative head, to participate in the staff exchange. The local governments wish to gather knowledge and expertise from Zagreb to maintain their momentum and continue to progress in their low-carbon energy goals beyond the formal end of the Urban-LEDS project.

In Zagreb, the delegates will meet municipal staff experienced in implementing the kind of strategies their Indian peers would like to replicate in their home cities.  The programme hosts have programmed a series of meetings and presentations tailored to the delegation’s areas of particular interest in Zagreb’s Office for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. The first theme will be Energy Management and Stakeholder Involvement with further input within this framework on the topics of intercity and international cooperation. This topic will encompass city engineers’ technical expertise with a presentation on Interoperable Smart City services through the Open Platform for Urban Ecosystems (i-SCOPE) and a demonstration on Information Systems for Energy Management.

The second main theme will focus on energy efficiency, covering sustainable urban mobility and sustainable building. The context of European cooperation will come into play with input on the European project Ele.C.Tra, the city’s benefits from participating in European Mobility Week, an overview of green corridors in Central Europe and the European project on energy saving in public buildings, EURONET50/50MAX. This will be followed by study visits to the Vladimir Prelog Science School and a guided tour of the Zagreb Wastewater treatment plant.

Following the theoretical input and networking of the first part of the exchange, the second part of the programme will be practical learning, as the delegates will participate in a training event as part of the Mayors in Action project. The two-day Central Training for Supporting program from 10-11 March will include a study visit focusing on the implementation of energy efficiency measures and encouraging sustainable development in building, transport and street lighting. The event will introduce the delegates to international experts in the field and provide step-by-step training in planning, implementing and reporting on sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs).

The training will equip the delegates with the skills to return home and continue the progress that the cities have achieved to date as part of the Urban-LEDS project. The Mayors in Action training event from 10-11 March is open for registrations and further information is available here