EU-funded GreenNeighbourhoods project launched in Eilat (19/10/2015)

Hundreds of Eilat residents turned out for a family "happening" in the Mitzpe Yam neighbourhood of Eilat on October 12 to celebrate the launch of Eilat municipality's "Green Neighbourhoods" project.

Hundreds of Eilat residents turned out for a family "happening" in the Mitzpe Yam neighbourhood of Eilat on October 12 to celebrate the launch of Eilat municipality's  "Green Neighbourhoods" project. The 20 month EU-funded project aims to increase energy efficiency in private homes and public buildings in the neighbourhood, saving the city and households thousands of euros and reducing greenhouse gases. As part of the project, Eilat Municipality will install energy-saving light bulbs and devices in 384 street lights, 866 private homes, a primary school, 6 kindergartens, and a synagogue.

Addressing government and city officials as well as local residents, Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said that, "This project is a bridge for dialogue and peace built on our shared need for quality of life, reduced emissions and increased energy efficiency," adding that "Eilat is a crossroad between Jordan and Egypt, and I hope that the project will also lead Eilat to become a bridge for peace and dialogue." At the event, the Mayor of Eilat, Meir Yitzhak Halevi signed the Covenant of Mayors, showing the city's commitment to work for sustainable development. The Covenant of Mayors initiative, launched in 2008 by the European Commission, encourages the voluntary commitment of local authorities to implement sustainable energy actions, with the objective of reducing at least 20% of their CO2 emissions by 2020. The "Green Neighbourhood" project is funded in the framework of the regional programme: SUDEP – Sustainable Urban Demonstration Energy Projects.

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