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Poznań builds on 2008 promises

City of Poznan

A history of facilitation and understanding
Poznać means to meet in Polish. Legend says it is Poznań where the three brothers, Lech, Čech and Rus, met, and where they established their separate spheres of influence of Bohemia, Poland and Russia (now Russia, Ukraine and Belarus).

Cities worldwide have been escalating their actions to combat climate change. As a previous host of the UNFCCC climate change conference, the City of Poznan is an example of responsible regional leadership. Its initiatives to protect the environment are multiple and its approach is to reduce energy use while not detracting from living comfort.

Creating energy locally

Packaging for energy-saving bulbs, distributed to Poznan’s school children during COP 14, 2008.
Packaging for energy-saving bulbs, distributed to Poznan’s school children during COP 14, 2008.

2008, Poznan’s Year of Climate and the Environment, includes actions accompanying the UN Climate Change Conference, held in Poznan in December 2008. It introduced programmes for driving, heating and renewables, and a range of other initiatives, to mobilise the people of the city against climate change.

Ecodriving promotes cleaner driving in the form of fuel savings, reduction of emissions and using greener cars that burn slower. A positive offshoot is thought to have been the reduction of accidents, as a result of less aggressive and more predictable driving.

Keep Heat is a campaign for the saving of thermal energy, offering free evaluation of buildings. The project’s aim is to raise awareness of heat loss and consequent costs to the public and environment. Most heat in the home escapes through draughty windows and window frames, as well as incorrectly insulated walls and floors on the ground floor.

Together with the City of Gniezno, Poznan implemented the Green Energy 2009 project to distribute compact fluorescent lamps as part of a wider campaign on using energy-efficient devices. The project is targeted particularly at the poor of Poznan. Each lamp is in a specially designed package which reinforces the environmental message. The project goal is to promote ecological behaviour, in particular energy saving in accordance with the “Think globally, act locally” concept. Implementation of the entire project will save around EUR1.3 million.

Students and young scientists city-wide entered the competition, REVITARE, on the revitalisation of degraded area. They had to submit a national, scientific research paper related to areas degraded by industrialisation and urbanisation. The message was that the Earth is a non-renewable resource, requiring special sensitivity and awareness, not only from people managing the environment, but also from society at large.

Poznan is also tackling the problem of waste of non-standard dimensions – items which cannot be simply thrown into a dustbin. Vehicles equipped with specially adjusted containers regularly clear official collection points around the city. This legal, popular way of disposing of troublesome waste has made inhabitants’ lives easier.

Another undertaking was the 4th Poznan Recycling Days in 2008, a series of educational, social and cultural events advocating waste sorting and recycling. The Days aimed to popularise the idea of recycling, raise ecological awareness and promote practical waste sorting methods in households.

From the beginning of its existence, Poznan has tried to influence the natural environment as little as possible. Attention is paid not only to the issue of prevention, but also to treatment of the effects and impacts of climate change. The results so far have been, for the most part, because of the heartfelt commitment, participation and dedication of the city’s inhabitants.

Thanks to the city’s geographical location, Poznan is where the energy of the new European countries combines with western lifestyle. Every year the city attracts over 130,000 students, attending one of the 26 colleges and universities. Its conference and sports infrastructure means the city regularly hosts important international fair and sports events. In 2012, it will co-organise UEFA EURO 2012.

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