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24 February 2016

Indian cities to take part in Urban-LEDS staff exchange in Zagreb

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 in their cities. Rajkot Municipality has implemented sustainable change during the Urban-LEDS project and has been declared a ‘Solar city’ by the Government of India. Last year, the City of Thane won two awards for its advancements in the areas of renewable energy, water and waste.

In Zagreb, the delegates will meet municipal staff experienced in implementing strategies their Indian peers would like to replicate. The first theme will be Energy Management and Stakeholder Involvement including a demonstration on Information Systems for Energy Management. The secondary focus will be on energy efficiency, covering sustainable urban mobility and sustainable building, as well as European intercity cooperation. This will be followed by study visits to the Vladimir Prelog Science School and a guided tour of the Zagreb waste water treatment plant.

For the second part of the programme, the delegates will participate in a centralised training for supporting structures as part of the Mayors in Action project. The two-day programme will include a study visit on the implementation of energy efficiency measures and encouraging sustainable development in the building sector, transport sector and street lighting. The event will introduce the delegates to international experts in the area and provide step-by-step training in planning, implementing and reporting on sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs). The Mayors in Action event from 10-11 March is open for registrations and further information is available online.

For more information, visit the Urban-LEDS website.


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