In 2015 CMGE organized the event “Porte Aperte Alla Sostenibilità” (Open Doors to Sustainability) in Genoa at the historical “Doria–Spinola” Palace on Monday 29th June 2015 as part of the Energy Days Initiative (www.eusew.eu), in collaboration with the Muvita Foundation and the Municipality of Genoa.
During the same period, CMGE co-organized an exhibition on the Covenant of Mayors Initiative for the metropolitan territory, held again in Genoa between the 15th and the 30th of June 2015.
The energy day "Open Doors to sustainability" was dedicated to actions and projects active in the metropolitan area and related to the European objectives “20-20-20” (-20% greenhouse gas, 20% of renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020). The event started at 9.00am in the Council Hall of the Doria–Spinola Palac, that is the CMGE headquarter.
The central themes of the meeting were:
During the energy day there was the official participation of the CMGE delegated council members: Mr. Enrico Pignone, of the City of Genova, environment assessor Mr. Italo Porcile, of the director of the Muvita Foundation Mr. Marco Castagna, and the director manager for environment and transport of CMGE Dott. Paolo Sinisi. Another important presence was the Anaci Responsible Mr. Pier Luigi D'Angelo and numerous other experts and professionals as Mr. Massimo Gattolin from CMVE, who moderated the day and presented experiences for the sustainability and resilience of the famous lagoon metropolitan territory in Venice.
The representatives of the Economic growth department of the Metropolitan City of Genoa explained the main successful results of active and past EU project, such as “Energy for Mayors” (www.energyformayors.eu), “PAST” (www.progettopast.eu) and “MAYORS IN ACTION” (www.mayorsinaction.eu).
In his speech Mr. Pignone expressed the commitment of CMGE to protect and enhance the energy resources of the metropolitan area through the promotion of energy actions from renewable sources to energy saving and efficiency. In this framework CMGE continues to support the municipalities in the metropolitan area in preparing policies, plans, programs and actions in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
In 2016 CMGE organized, in collaboration with the Muvita Foundation, the Energy day on the project "Il Clima cambia, Cambiamo Anche Noi! Le Nostre Idee per Salvare La Terra!" for elementary and nursery school teachers (plus some officials). The event was held in Genoa at the historical Doria-Spinola Palace, which is the CMGE headquarter.
The initiative represented a good example of best practice exchange within the Mayors in Actions project partners: in fact the work was based on Croatian books, games and documents concerning climate changes, energy saving and renewable energies originally prepared from Zagreb municipality for “Zagreb Energy Week 2015”. These interesting didactic materials have been translated in italian in order to be distributed among teachers of the Municipalities of Davagna, Genoa and Masone.
Using these materials young students were invited to create various things generally related to the sustainable energy theme, at the end they made very interesting stuff like: rap songs (e.g. a very inspired one entitled “Let’s go to renew!”), drawings, dioramas, LEGO machines and even a funny theatrical performance entitled: “Energies on trial”. On 27/10/2016 there was the presentation of the exhibition of all the students’ works at the “Montecucco Room” of the Genoa Port Autority Club.
The event was considered very lively and successful, for this reason the exhibition it has been continued at the Doria-Spinola Palace from to 28 to 31/10/2016 and from 2 to 5/11/2016 at the “Maggioranza” room”.
The conference in Santorso was quite a success as there were 35 participants (given the small location and the little size of the Comune i.e. 5.800 inhabitants) and because the Energy day was addressed to citizens and provided new perspectives to a community which was already quite active in the theme of sustainable energy. In particular the activities of the community-based group and the energy Counter were promoted.
After a brief introduction of the Mayor Franco Balzi, reaffirming the commitment of the City of Santorso to be a good example in sustainability, the following presentations were held:
The Energy Day, conducted in the framework of an “ordinary” Ecological Sunday was articulated as follows:
two open guided visits on bicycle to the waste-to-energy plant of SESA, where the urban organic waste is converted in energy and compost through anaerobic digestion and composting
Energy counter open for information about energy efficiency, renewable energy production systems for domestic use and Solar Purchasing Groups held by Legambiente
Counter for the Green Electricity purchasing Group launched by the Municipality. The counter was managed by SOGESCA for Mayors in Action. The two counters were held simultaneously.
The conference was planned to touch different topics, starting from an introduction of the Covenant on Mayors, and then describing the SEAP of Rubano and the Mayors in Action Project followed by a series of presentations held by different stakeholders: the Municipality of Padova and Legambiente (the main environmental organization in Italy) for the residential sector; Confindustria (the main industrial organization in Italy) and SOGESCA for energy retrofitting of companies.
Retrofitting of the residential sector through the PadovaFIT project (Michele Zuin, Municipality of Padova)
Energy counter and purchasing groups as a way to encourage citizens to improve the energy performance of their houses (Federico Gianesello, Legambiente Padova);
Supporting instruments for the energy retrofitting of SME (Rino Dal Pos, Confindustria Padova)
Energy audits, white certificates and energy efficiency for companies (Pier Giuseppe Fumei, SOGESCA).
SOGESCA supported the Veneto Region in the organization of the event and participated giving a presentation on Energy Diagnosis in Public Buildings (by Alessandro Mazzari).