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Polack, the first Belarusian city to become a member of the Covenant of Mayors, developed its own Sustainable Energy Action Plan with EU support. Adopted in 2012, the document includes a number of measures to improve the energy efficiency of municipal buildings and companies, renewable energy generation, expansion of green areas, enhancement of the operation of public transport and improvement of the street lighting system. The PubLiCity will offer another opportunity for Polack to fulfill its commitments under the Covenant of Mayors.
Goals and objectives:
Main goal is to carry out an energy efficient upgrade of the Polack street lighting. It will set an example for similar changes in other cities of Belarus as well. 1340 modern street lights, some of them solar or wind powered, will be in operation in the central streets and avenues of Polack to reduce the city’s costs for street lighting by 15% and cut its CO2 emissions by almost 800 tons. New lamps will be integrated into a city-wide automated street lighting control system. Also, about 200 new poles and lampposts will be replaced, while historical buildings and streets of Polack will get new decorative lighting. Further modernization will be provided for by the Polack Lighting Development Strategy until 2030, which will be another outcome of the Project.
Immediate outcomes: A conference on sustainable development of urban energy was held in Polack in September 2015. It was attended by representatives of 17 Belarusian cities that had acceded or were going to accede to the Covenant of Mayors.
In 2015-2016., several thousand Polack residents took part in a survey and provided their assessment of the quality of the city street lighting and building illumination, as well as their opinions on energy efficiency and how they save energy in their daily lives. In summer of 2018, the survey will rerun in order to see, how the city residents' attitudes towards this issue have changed.
In January 2016, a team from Polack State University accomplished an energy audit of the city 40 main streets and avenues. According to the audit findings, a proper use of energy efficient technologies will help reduce electricity consumption at the reviewed 40 streets by 60%.
The students' architectural forum Arch.Pro.Svet was held in Polack in April 2016. Supported by 19 renowned designers and architects, 40 students from the entire Belarus developed creative concepts for lighting of Polack streets and districts. In June 2016 and May-June 2017, Polack hosted the Energy Days that have become traditional – a city festival dedicated to energy saving and scheduled to coincide with the European Sustainable Energy Week. As regards the technical part of the project, the December 2017 Polack District Executive Committee launched a bidding procedure for procurement of equipment for upgrading the city lighting.
The first Light Festival is to be held in Polack in autumn of 2018. Light installations will be placed all around the city, and the city residents will enjoy contests, master classes, excursions and flash mobs. Young architects were able to offer their ideas on installations, too – a contest for them was announced in February 2018. The fist light hackathon was held with the project's support at Polack State University in March. In the finals, more than 40 architects, designers and engineers developed and submitted for the contest 10 conceptual art sculptures.
Points of Contact:
Dzmitry Pauliushchyk (Interakcia Foundation), Assistant Project Manager, +375 17 280 41 35, +375 29 329 61 05 (mob.), skype: Дмитрий Павлющик, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marina Borisova (Interakcia Foundation), Project Communication and Visibility Manager, +375 29 873 35 82 (mob.), e-mail: email@example.com.