FB ECO CONTEST

The Pomorskie family needs tips on how to organise Christmas in an environment-friendly way. A mini contest has therefore been announced on their FB fan page. The key question is: What should be done to celebrate green Christmas?

 

The answer that will best appeal to the Pomorskie family as well as two other answers with the greatest number of likes will be rewarded. The winners will receive ecological Christmas-scented candles. The competition runs on the campaign fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/poczujklimatpl/. Join us now!

The Pomorski family feels the climate. Be like the Pomorski family!

The Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk (Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdańsku) launched a three-year education and awareness campaign focused on sustainable development of the region of Pomerania (Pomorze). The Pomorski family feels the climate (Pomorscy czują klimat!) campaign is addressed to both residents and tourists visiting the region.

 

The objective of the campaign is to disseminate simple hints that can play a part in the change of Pomerania residents’ habits and thus contribute to saving non-renewable resources, reduced consumption and raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity.

 

The environment-friendly content will be conveyed through the campaign’s main characters, that is members of the Pomorskie family, who will learn the environmental footprint of their daily actions. Account of the family’s adventures will be presented in a series of short animated films. In each episode family members will face a different challenge, for instance shortage of water at home which might happen if water is recklessly consumed. In another episode, the father of the family will become upset at the discovery that the world’s energy resources are running out. However, it will not immediately translate into any deliberate change in his lifestyle, such as turning off the light when leaving the room or removing chargers from the outlets. Eventually, a freezing cold sets into the house of the far from energy-efficient Pomorskie family. In the end, a simple solution for all these problems is found, that is saving the resources, which contributes to health improvement and financial savings. The family members have been portrayed in such a way so that every inhabitant of the Pomerania region and other regions can identify with them.

 

The campaign will be communicated through channels such as the social media, i.e. Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Google Plus, local websites, press, radio and television. The Pomorskie family will appear on posters and screens in public transportation service.

Act with energy!

Act with energy – choose, generate, save (Działaj z energią – wybieraj, wytwarzaj, oszczędzaj) – this year the Pomeranian Energy Days focused on ways of reducing low emissions. One of the event hosts, the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk (Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdańsku), organized an Open Day in its head office at 8, Rybaki Górne Street.

 

One of the campaigns organised regularly by the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk Management in Gdansk with an aim to reduce emissions is the Clean Air of Pomerania (Czyste Powietrze Pomorza) contest organised for 10 years now. It is addressed to legal persons, i.e. bodies of local self-government and other bodies handling municipal utility tasks. Through these bodies, all natural persons residing in the Pomerania Region can benefit from the contest. Co-financing is available for dismantling coal or coke fired boilers and their replacement with gas or oil fired boilers. Besides, renewable energy sources (heat pumps, biomass fired boilers) can be installed and buildings can be connected to the district heating network.

 

PLN 7 m represents the value of 100 co-financing contracts signed by the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk from 2008 to 2016. Thanks to these projects, the annual dust emission was reduced by 200 tonnes, the carbon dioxide emission by 13 600 tonnes and the sulphur dioxide emission by 90 tonnes.

 

In 2017, the Clean Air of Pomerania contest attracted a record high number of applications. 74 beneficiaries applied for co-financing of a total of PLN 11 m. The cost of projects in the pipeline runs to almost PLN 40 m. More than 2 800 coal fired boilers will be removed.

Green jobs for a greener future

As part of the EU Green Week, the Regional Office of the Pomerania Region organised a conference in Brussels attended by, amongst others, representatives of the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk (Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdańsku), Association of Pomerania Landscape Parks (Pomorski Zespół Parków Krajobrazowych) and the Foundation for the Development of the Gdańsk University (Fundacja Rozwoju Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego).

 

The Green Week is the largest event showcasing environmental and climate issues organised by the European Commission every year. In 2017 the main theme of the event was Green jobs for a greener future. During panels sessions, model projects implemented across Europe have been discussed. Within the frame of this event, the Regional Office of the Pomerania Region launched a debate on the topic Green is the new smart. Green jobs boosting regional economy.

Green Oscars distributed

The prestigious European EMAS Awards, popularly known as the Green Oscars, have been handed out. Established by the European Commission, these Awards are granted for the best action to benefit the environment. The theme for the 2017 edition of the EMAS Awards was Contributing to making the European economy more circular, which involves an integrated approach to making products and processes more sustainable. The objective of the circular economy is to sustain economic resources as long as possible, at the same time minimising the volume of waste.

 

The Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk (Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Gdańsku) has been nominated in the Public organisations category as one of those institutions which took major efforts and initiatives aimed at transforming the European economy into a circular economy and may be an inspiration for others.