EU4 Energy Transition and Multistakeholder Partnership for Climate Resilient Cities
For many Turkish cities, climate change is becoming important issue and local level can significantly contribute by preparing and implementing Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) by the Covenant of Mayors initiative. The Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) in cooperation with the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (CoM EU) are the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, built upon the commitment of over 10,000 cities and local governments. In order to transform their political commitment into practical way, covenant signatories- municipalities preparing roadmap-strategic document SECAP in which is identified mitigation, adaptation actions and important third pillar how to reduce energy poverty. So, cooperation and Multistakeholder Partnership for Climate Resilient Cities are crucial. “EU4 Energy Transition: Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Türkiye”(EU4ETTR) project supported by European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ) and implemented by the Central Project Management Agency of Lithuania in Türkiye. EU4ETTR project will tackle climate change and support the energy transition in Türkiye through an increased uptake of CoM in the region and support municipal authorities to translate their ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into SECAPs and enhance resilience to climate change impacts, while taking into account diversity. Within the project, a comprehensive cooperation model for Turkish municipalities and other participants to implement SECAPs and overcome the technical and organizational good background. A “Multi-Level Governance Platform” (MLGP) is structure in the country could convey guidelines for the municipalities to achieve their targets. MLGP is a mechanism that facilitates the ability for national, regional, and local governments to work effectively with other key stakeholders. The goal of the MLGP is also to foster knowledge of the demands of the various levels of stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations and private sector.
Ms. Daiva Matonienė has two degrees: a master’s degree in economic sciences (focus on environmental economics, strategic planning, analysis, monitoring instruments), and a bachelor’s degree in management and administration (diploma with honour).
Ms. Matonienė has 21 years’ experience of sustainable environmental, climate change and public finance management.
She was member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and coordinator of its Environment, Climate Change and Energy Commission. Ms. Matonienė was appointed Ambassador of Covenant of Mayors initiative and has experience with Sustainable energy and climate policies development and SECAP implementation.
She was key rapporteur of CoR opinions: ‘EU sustainable investment in climate change’, ‘EU sustainable heating and cooling system strategy’, ‘EU smart cities development’ and others.
Ms. Matonienė has EU financial engineering experience. In cooperation with EIB leverage fund JESSICA established. She was Chairperson of the Investment Committee of the fund.
She is a former Deputy Mayor responsible public finance an environment management, as well as a former Deputy Minister of Environment, both in Lithuania. Furthermore, she co-chaired the United Nations ‘United for Smart Sustainable Cities Platform’ and she has experience of implementing Sustainable Development Goals.
Ms. Matonienė has more than 15 years’ practical experience in smart cities and urban planning, including experience in green investment projects financing and development of financing plan for implementation of EU environmental acquis in international, national and municipal levels.
Ms. Matonienė has public presentation and moderation in international conferences experience. Key speaker in more than 30 international events in Turkey, Tunisia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Ukraine, Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, England, Poland, Italy, and other.
Ms. Matonienė was TAIEX expert mission of the implementation on a Green Certificates system in Istanbul, Turkey. As Expert in energy efficiency leading the mission, Ms. Matonienė designed and implemented 3 day-trainings on EU implementation legislations
(Environmental and Energy Efficiency) about certificate issuance, ownership transfer, surrender and cancellation, European Energy Certificate System, Residual Mix Calculation, national trading platforms for Green Certificates and Guarantees of Origin in Türkiye.