LEDS-EEP gets synergised with USAID’s Europe and Eurasia energy missions
Several regional energy experts gathered in Vienna for the “USAID Europe and Eurasia Energy Officers Meeting” which was held on October 23-25. Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and other countries from the region used the time to share their energy-related projects and explore opportunities for partnership and cooperation. The Europe and Eurasia Low Emission Development Strategies Platform (LEDS-EEP) Secretariat — represented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) — attended the meeting to introduce its own objectives and activities to the distinct USAID missions and to establish new links to facilitate advanced knowledge sharing and to extend peer-to-peer learning services to platform members.
Representing the REC were Mihail Dimovski, REC Executive Director; Igor Slavkoski, Deputy Head of the Business Development Unit; and Thor Morante, Expert in International Cooperation and Policy. The LEDS-EEP Secretariat, meanwhile, presented its first-year activity milestones, highlighting the platform’s ongoing webinar series on “Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning”. More importantly, the platform’s upcoming products — a direct outcome of the webinar series — were introduced, namely:
- a report on municipal energy planning tools;
- a city energy planning toolkit; and
- an energy planning tool for small municipalities.
The first two products will be presented during the LEDS-EEP’s second Annual Forum, while the project energy planning tool will be developed by the LEDS-EEP’s Energy Working Group during the next year.
Finally, and most importantly for the platform’s members, synergies to introduce the diverse set of LEDS-related projects from the USAID missions has begun, and related activities are expected to be given through webinars and workshops in the coming weeks and months.
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* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.