EUROPE’s Climate Alliance (KA), which has a continent-wide role to cut carbon dioxide emissions, is pleased that the Slovak municipality of Čierny Balog has pledged to decrease emissions in its town by at least in 20 percent by 2020, the TASR newswire wrote in July.
The municipality wants to secure municipal heating with biomass and to build another composting site.
“Maybe this year smaller boiler rooms will be installed, and if everything goes smoothly, next year everything should be completed according to plan and financed with €1,991,635,” Mayor František Budovec said, adding that the compost site could be located next to the sewage treatment plant. The village will pay €90 annually for its membership in the alliance.
According to the Friends of the Earth association, other measures that Čierny Balog could adopt include insulating the town’s buildings, supporting mass transport, improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, and installing technologies which use renewable energy resources. Čierny Balog can use its membership in the Climate Alliance when applying for resources from EU funds and from other public support programmes or create joint projects with partner towns.
The Climate Alliance comprises more than 1,400 towns from 17 European countries including Vienna and Graz in Austria and the villages of Tomášov and Zábiedovo and the town of Kolárovo in Slovakia.
So far, Friends of the Earth has also managed to involve 69 nursery, primary and secondary schools in its projects in Slovakia. Friends of the Earth is a worldwide organisation dealing with climate changes, renewable energy resources and other environmental fields.
17. Aug 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff