Twinning between Miercurea Ciuc (RO) and La Zubia (ES)

In the framework of Green-Twinning project, Miercurea Ciuc, a Romanian municipality signed a twinning agreement with La Zubia, a Spanish municipality on 10 June 2013.

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The event took place in La Zubia, near Granada during a press conference. The agreement was signed by the vice-mayor of Miercurea Ciuc, Szőke Domokos and the mayor of La Zubia, Antonio Iglesias Montes. Through the twinning activities, Miercurea Ciuc elaborates with the assistance of La Zubia its Sustainable Energy Action Plan in order to become a more feasible, greener and livable municipality. The activities include experience and good practices exchange, knowledge sharing so both of the cities will be able to benefit from it. Study visits, training courses and exchange of experts are foreseen.

La Zubia has several successful stories, like the public lightning powered by photovoltaic panels, electric cars also charged by solar power, swimming pools heated by solar power. They also have a cogeneration plant near the city’s wastewater treatment plant, using the biogas produced at the fermentation process. In the future Miercurea Ciuc is also planning to build a cogeneration plant near its wastewater treatment plant, were currently the sludge is not treated properly and the energy potential is not used at all. The Romanian city, although is not considered as a sunny place, is also using solar power for public lighting, and currently they are planning to mount an intelligent public lighting system.

The twinning activities consist of collecting the existing models, case studies and best practices, and sharing them with each other. Miercurea Ciuc being a new Covenant of Mayors signatory, has not prepared it’s SEAP yet. La Zubia provides its expertise in analysing SEAP actions planned by Miercurea Ciuc thus supporting the SEAP elaboration process.

Miercurea Ciuc has as an initial objective to change traditional street lighting into intelligent street lighting in 4 districts of the town. Another objective is to construct a natural gas based cogeneration plant near one of the heating centers of the district heating system. Furthermore, the municipality plans to use the biogas of the wastewater treatment plant for cogeneration.

The distance between the two cities is great but there are many similarities, they have the common plan to create sustainable communities. The twinning agreement can take them closer to their targets.

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