The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abulfaz Babayev, Chairman of Sumgayit municipality. Mr. Babayev highlighted Sumgayit's achievements to date in the field of energy efficiency and renewables. The municipality had already set up an industrial park operating on a solar systems battery factory and a solar thermal collectors factory. There was also intention to start using energy efficient materials in new building facades and to set up a pilot project on PV street lighting in the near future.
Among the participants were Mr. Teymur Valyev, Adviser to the Chairman of Sumgayit municipality, Ms. Khatuna Sichinava from the office of the Covenant of Mayors East in Tbilisi and Mr. Zaur Mammadov, appointed local expert for the DACO project. Also present were the head of the financial commission of Sumgayit municipality, local industry representatives, the municipal energy department, the communal buildings management department, the city lighting department and the local district heating company.
The morning presentations focused on the formal introduction to the Covenant of Mayors, the DACO project and local Sustainable Energy Action Plans. The afternoon session was dedicated to the presentation and discussion by the stakeholders of the features, projects and advancements in the local community.
The global objective of the DACO (Yes (Da) to the Covenant) action is to support local authorities in acquiring a common methodology to correctly monitor, evaluate and reduce their energy consumption and CO2 emissions. More specifically, the aim is to improve energy security at local level by enhancing energy efficiency, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and contributing to climate change mitigation in the participating regions, thus implementing the concept "Think Globally, Act Locally". The intention is to extend the principles, rules and goals of the Covenant of Mayors to these new participating regions.
Note: the DACO project benefits from financial assistance from the European Commission. The views expressed on this page are those of the Energy Charter Secretariat and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Commission.
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