The International Task Force on Climate Change and the Green Transition met physically in Vaxjo on February 14-15, 2024. The meeting was combined with a meeting of the presidium of the Euroregion Baltic network.
On the first day, participants had the opportunity to take part in a study visit to the biogas plant in Alvesta - AlvestaBiogas, where they learned how to produce biomethane for both individual and collective communication purposes. Biogas is currently the most environmentally friendly fuel because it has the lowest levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen emissions on the market. Additionally, collecting biomatter from farms positively contributes to reducing nitrogen emissions.
The next place was a study visit to the Vaxjo City Hall, where a meeting of representatives of the Euroregion Baltic network took place. During the meeting, the city representative presented a project which they are dealing with. The project concerns biodiversity in the city. Mrs. Sofia Gustavsson presented a project implemented under the Interreg North Sea program, where the Vaxjo Commune aims to integrate biodiversity and use nature-based solutions. As part of the project, residents were to be involved in dialogue, workshops and various activities.
The second group held a Task Force meeting. They talked about new project ideas which considered:
Efficiency in the district heating system (low-temperature system, electricity renovation, communities in the heating)
Network for leaders of transitions (working on good examples, and social changes)
Seminar series on different topics (we can invite people from municipalities
The second day was devoted to workshop work. The Task Force continued discussions related to several topics of joint work. Representatives of the City and Commune of Sztum and the Gdańsk University of Technology took part in the meeting, thanks to which it was possible to consider the problems occurring in the city in terms of transport and energy.
A meeting of the Presidium of the Baltic Euroregion was held, during which the documents and joint activities previously developed by the group were presented to the members of network.
Meeting participants received a project leaflet.
Meeting of the Baltic Task Force - Climate Change and Green Transition
On 23 November this year, another meeting of the Baltic Task Force - Climate Change and Green Transition was held in an online format. As a reminder, the Group was established as part of one of the project activities of the Sztum Circular Economy and brings together specialists and experts in the field of renewable energy sources from 4 Baltic Sea countries.
Today, the participants of the meeting focused on mapping current and planned initiatives in the ERB regions concerning renewable energy sources, exchanged knowledge on the above topic and ideas for potential projects. The next online meeting is coming soon and a physical meeting is also planned for early next year.
A day with climate in Sztum - September 9, 2023
On Saturday, September 9, 2023, the second round of Climate Day was organized as part of the Sztum Circular Economy project. The event was included in the celebration of the Sztum Land Days, thanks to which the project leader could reach a larger audience with the activity.
During the event, there was a presentation on waste management and the impact of human activities on the environment. A competition in the form of a knowledge quiz for residents was conducted by the Gdańsk University of Technology.
Just like last year, a stand was organized where ladies from the housewives' club showed how to cook using whole products.
A game was also organized in which residents had to sort waste correctly. The positive news is that most people can sort waste well.
Let us remind about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which assume changing the world while respecting the environment, thinking about future generations and taking into account the least privileged social groups. The project's assumptions and its activities fit perfectly into several sustainable development goals, including:
responsible consumption and production
sustainable cities and communities
Ecological seminar for children and teenagers - School in Gościszewo
On June 5-6th, an ecological seminar was held as part of the project Sztum circular economy - the answer to contemporary climate challenges. The seminar was combined with a workshop attended by young people and their teachers from the School in Gościszewo. It was a very interesting and creative meeting, during which staff of the Gdańsk University of Technology from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering discussed topics related to climate change, the life cycle of the product and changes in cycles in nature.
The aim of school workshops conducted by employees of the Gdańsk University of Technology is to support public policies, especially school activities in regions striving for a circular economy model through increased resource efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It will consist in directing the young generation and teachers on topics related to waste and establish a clear, ambitious and long-term strategy of conduct at all stages: from production through consumption, repair and regeneration to waste management and obtaining secondary raw materials that are recirculated in the economy with the potential offered by the Municipality of the City of Sztum.
Ecological seminar for children and teenagers - School in Czernin
Ecological seminars for children and teenagers are a series of meetings organized by the Gdańsk University of Technology in schools located in the Sztum commune. They are aimed at shaping pro-environmental attitudes, as well as helping in choosing and directing the future career path with the awareness of activities that have minimal impact on the environment and climate.
On May 30 and 31, an ecological seminar was held, conducted by a team from the Department of Technology in Environmental Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology. Students of classes V and VI as well as teachers were attending and listening to lectures in the topic of human impact on climate change, potential adaptation and mitigation measures, rational use of environmental resources. The youth took part in creative recycling workshops. On the second day, climate meetings were held, during which the participants developed agendas constituting a set of principles for an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The aim of the seminars was to discuss with young people of the City and Commune of Sztum, as future residents, students and entrepreneurs, how important it is to build future professional plans taking into account the ecological approach and the impact on their habits in the future, emphasizing the importance of the circular economy.
SferaLab - workshops and seminars as part of the Sztum Circular Economy project
The next round of thematic seminars in the form of interactive and educational SferaLab workshops is behind us. The workshops are organised as part of the project Sztum Circular Economy - the answer to today's climate challenges. Participants in the event are children and young people from the City and Municipality of Sztum.
The activities are divided into thematic sectors. The first concerns the product life cycle, the second, entitled 'seeing CO2' is linked to the carbon cycle in nature, and the third is about 'setting a career path for children and young people with an awareness of environmental and climate impact'.
The activities are divided into a theoretical part and a practical part. During the theoretical part, the young participants learn about the principles of the life cycle, what the water footprint is, and how water parameters such as PH and turbidity, are tested. They also learn what microplastics are and how they are produced. They discuss plastics, waste and the meaning of labels on packaging. They learn about the structure and physical and chemical properties of CO2. They learn about the use of this chemical compound, discuss photosynthesis and the carbon footprint.
In the practical part, pupils have the opportunity to experience empirically everything they learned in the theoretical part. In the "product life cycle" part, the young people are first introduced to professional testing equipment, such as a turbidity meter, a laboratory multifunctional instrument, i.e. a conductivity meter and a spectrophotometer. They find out what methods they can use to test waste. They carry out tests on waste in the water extract, such as turbidity, ph, conductivity, total phosphorus and phenolic index. In the practical CO2 part of the workshop, the young people have the opportunity to observe how soda reacts with vinegar, extinguish a candle, identify this chemical in water or learn about the acidic properties of oxide.
The young participants also attend a lecture prepared by scientists from Gdansk University of Technology, during which they learn about the opportunities offered by the university in terms of future careers in environmental protection and engineering.
Two workshop meetings have already taken place this year, with two more to come.