Over 100 participants took part in the international conference „COVENANT OF MAYORS - European Initiative for Climate Protection” which took place in the building of Cracow City Council on 28th and 29th of May 2009. The conference gathered people which are interested in fighting against climate change at the local level.

The conference was organized by the Association of Municipalities Polish Network „Energie Cités” in cooperation with the Cracow City Council. It received the patronage of Maciej Nowicki, Minister of the Environment, and Jacek Majchrowski, President of Cracow.

The conference objective was to disseminate the concept of Covenant of Mayors and to encourage Polish municipalities to join the Covenant and contribute to the fight against climate change.

First ceremony of signing the Covenant of Mayors took place on the 10th of February 2009 in Brussels and was part of the European Sustainable Energy Week. Mayors of the pioneering European cities which signed the Covenant committed themselves to take actions concerning local sustainable energy management and to go beyond the EU objective which is 20% reduction in CO2 emission by the year 2020. The covenant was then formally signed by 364 European cities, including only 4 Polish cities: Bielsko-Biała, Łubianka, Niepołomice and Warsaw.

The conference was opened by Zbigniew Michniowski, President of PNEC Board and Deputy Mayor of Bielsko-Biała. After having finished his speech he gave the floor to Elżbieta Lęcznarowicz, Deputy Mayor of Cracow, Wojciech Kozak, Member of the Board of the Małopolskie Voivodeship and Maria Kłokocka from the Ministry of the Environment (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). During the conference, there were presented experiences of both Polish (Bielsko-Biała, Niepołomice, Warsaw) and European (Vaxjo, Heidelberg, Leicester, Delft/Zoetemeer, Tampere) cities, mayors of which have already signed the Covenant.

In the next session the role of city networks in climate protection was illustrated by: Tomasz Potkański, Association of Polish Cities, Radu Ionel Bolchis, OER - Orase Energie Romania Romanian Energy Cities Network, Anatolij Kopets, Ukrainian Energy Efficient Cities and Szymon Liszka, Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency.

This year our Association celebrates its 15th anniversary. That is why we asked the most active members of our network to present their achievements and history of their cooperation with PNEC. Achievements and experiences of following municipalities were presented: Cieszyn (speaker: Andrzej Wucki), Dzierżoniów (Zygmunt Kuc), Janów (Adam Markowski, the mayor), Nowa Dęba (Wiesław Ordon, the mayor), Ogrodzieniec (Piotr Mikulski) and Raciechowice (Marek Gabzdyl, the mayor).



Photo gallery:

Zbigniew Michniowski, President of PNEC Board and Deputy Mayor of Bielsko-Biała

Elżbieta Lęcznarowicz, Deputy Mayor of Cracow

Wojciech Kozak, Member of the Board of the Małopolskie Voivodship

Maria Kłokocka, Department of Climate Change and Atmosphere Protection , Ministry of the Environment

Gerard Magnin, Director of Energie Cités

Participants of the conference, council chamber of Cracow city Council

Ulrike Janssen, director of  Climate Alliance, Covenant of Mayors Office

Maria Stankiewicz, director of PNEC office

Participants of the conference and speakers

Council chamber of Cracow City Council

Tomasz Potkański, Association of Polish Cities 

Maria Stankiewicz, director of PNEC office, Tomasz Potkański, Association of Polish Cities

Andrzej Wucki, City Council of Cieszyn

Zygmunt Kuc, City Council of Dzierżoniów

Adam Markowski, mayor of Janów

Wiesław Ordon, mayor of Nowa Dęba

Piotr Mikulski, City Council of Ogrodzieniec

Marek Gabzdyl, mayor of Raciechowice

Ewa Jurkowska-Kawałko, mayor of Stare Juchy

Participants of the conference.

Fot. Jak – studio graficzne


Press releases:
Major Conference in Poland: Covenant of Mayors – European Initiative for Climate Protection