Initiatives undertaken by Lithuania in the period of 2014 to 2023 play a part in advancement of the green economy in Europe2016-06-09
Today is the second day of the Eight Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference hosted by Batumi (Georgia), and organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE). Kęstutis Trečiokas, the Minister of Environment, is also present at the conference and is expected to use an open table discussion dedicated for sustainable development in order to present five initiatives proposed by Lithuania and covering period of 2014 to 2023; these initiatives mark a contribution of Lithuania towards promotion of the green economy across the European region and implementation of the goals of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Since 2013, Lithuania has, relying on a new financial model, been making an important progress in the scale of renovation of old apartment buildings, thus contributing to energy performance of such apartment buildings. The Ministry believes the experience Lithuania has demonstrates a sharp drop in the heating costs of apartment buildings after renovation, coupled with material improvement in the living standards.
It is the aim of Lithuania to ensure sustainable use of natural resources through increased volume of household waste sorted out and recycled. Lithuania shall continuously expand the range of water supply and waste water management services available to local population in order to ensure these services are increasingly more affordable and meet high quality standards.
Forests account for a key renewable natural resources available to Lithuania. Restoration of forests encourages efficient use of these resources, mitigates climate change and is closely related to the efforts discussed at the conference in Batumi on promotion of sustainable development across Europe.
Another relevant topic reflected by the initiatives brought forward by Lithuania is increased environmental awareness and development of adequate infrastructure across protected areas. Management of national parks and other protected areas, as well as their adjustment for visits, and increased awareness of natural and cultural heritage has a two-fold advantage. On the one hand, it allows mitigating negative impact of this type of recreation activity on the areas in question and species to be found in these areas, and on the other hand, it allows for proper use of potential of these areas. This translates in promotion of regional economy, as well as education and cultural activities.
Today, Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas will be speaking at the round table discussion and will further be chairing the plenary session of the conference dedicated to the quality of environmental air. Guests of the plenary session will include the ministers of environment of the member stated of the UN/ECE, diplomats, as well as representatives of various international and non-governmental organisations.
The conference is expected to close with adoption of Batumi Clean Air Action Plan for 2016 to 2021. This action plan will call on the member states of UN/ECE to undertake commitments and to implement national measures on improvement of environmental air, which affect the quality of environment and the quality of public health.