Experience of organizing #TogetherBrighter energy efficiency festival in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan presented at the panel discussion during Youth Day of the “Russian Energy Week 2019” International Forum

At the Youth Day of International Forum "Russian Energy Week 2019", a session was held presenting the best practices for the participation of youth and schoolchildren in the events of the festival #TogetherBrighter.

The session brought together representatives of the Ministry of Energy, universities and schools of the Russian Federation, as well as representatives of ministries and organizations of Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Speakers shared their experience of holding the festival #TogetherBrighter, talked about methods for involving schoolchildren, youth and families in promoting an energy-saving lifestyle through thematic lessons, quizzes, quests, open days and other events.

The aim of #TogetherBrighter is to increase public awareness in the field of energy efficiency and its benefits, boost the interest among schoolchildren and youth in energy-saving technologies and alternative energy, as well as form an active position regarding environmental protection.

Being held since 2016, the festival, which is one of the major events on energy saving, has become a traditional annual event in Russia. In 2018, the event became regional spreading to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. In Armenia, the first #TogetherBrighter festival was held in June 2019 and was organized by the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure with the support of the “Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union” UNDP-RTF regional project.

Rafael Poghosyan, the senior specialist of the Department of Interregional Cooperation and Protocol of the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure shared the details of the festival and emphasized the importance of involving the regional population, in particular youth, in such events. “I would like to note that in addition to the festival, this year we also hosted an event called “Energy Efficiency School”, winners of which are also representatives of our regions” he noted.

In August of this year, the festival was successfully held as well in Kyrgyzstan. The results of the festival, held at the Zhetigen international children's camp, were presented by Pak Zoya Alekseevna, the chief specialist of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, while Beknur Maratbekov, the leading specialist of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of Kyrgyzstan emphasized the relevance and timeliness of the festival. “The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic is developing amendments of the Law on energy conservation. The drafting of the law is currently under completion. We are now discussing and working together with our colleagues from UNDP to develop a program for the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on energy conservation”, he said.

Russian speakers presented results from Moscow, Kaliningrad, Kursk region, Krasnodar and the Republic of Tatarstan, while Kretsky Vitaly Tomashevich. Head of legal, HR and communications division of the Energy Efficiency Department of the State Committee for Standardization of Belarus shared the experience and details of the organization of an energy marathon among the schoolchildren of Belarus.

During the meeting, business relations were established and prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation were outlined.

The participation of representatives of ministries and organizations of Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan was funded by the” Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union” UNDP-RTF regional project.

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