Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

ALBANIA. GROWTH GOES GREEN.

I am I and my circumstance; and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself ˜ José Ortega

What can we define as ethically acceptable in terms of the environment and consumption? What can we do to help protect the environment?

The only ethically acceptable response would be to promote only what allows an indefinite LIFE of the ecosystem. However, the current pace of growth doesn’t seem to coincide with this occurrence. The first step to take, especially for the economically advantaged countries, is to put a stop to the excesses of capitalism and the consequent consumerism at any cost.

In a profoundly unfair world in terms of access to resources, our priority is to ensure that so-called developing countries progress and do so through the right channels, those that take into account the environment and its wholesomeness, on which the life of every being in the world depends.

How to promote a development that is “sustainable” in places that seek to free themselves from poverty, from lack of access to resources? The first way to go is certainly the knowledge of the risks of growth and development models based on exhaustible and highly polluting resources, and a deep awareness of the importance of the ecosystem and the preservation of its healthiness.

Only a solid awareness of these cornerstones can allow an advance towards the road of development that is not only an economic growth but a comprehensive progress, in which human well-being is not at the expense of the environment.

This is one of the pillars of VIDES, the basis of all its design experience in favor of the development of the countries in which it operates. This is the current experience in Albania, in the suburbs of Lethë, through the project "Promoting sustainable socio-economic development in the Green Economy sector" - AID 10946 (co-funded by the Italian Agency for International Cooperation - AICS).

The use of fossil fuels (petroleum, methane, coal) and nuclear fuels (uranium), highly impactful (CO2 emissions and waste) and exhaustible, gives way to renewable resources with low environmental impact (mainly solar) - The energy in which we are immersed comes from the sun.

 

In its first year, the project aims to raise awareness and spread knowledge about environmental risks deriving from the use of non-renewable and highly polluting energy sources. It concretely contributes to:

- improving the training courses, raising the level of technical skills in innovative sectors and  increasing youth employment in the green economy

- promoting local socio-economic development and environmental protection, on the basis of of renewable energy.

In this first year, many goals have been reached:

• Refresher courses on renewable energy for teachers from two professional schools;

• Training course for energy technicians, with the award of a diploma recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies

• Opening of a “work orientation” office, in order integrating young people into the world of employment.

• Launch of all the necessary procedures for setting up a social enterprise in the solar energy sector.

• Information and awareness campaign on climate change and on benefits of renewable energy sources

• Creation of a multi-actor platform of private and public coordination, that promotes a collaboration network at regional level. This tool supports social entrepreneurship of unemployed and dis- advantaged youth in the renewable energy sector, with a focus on photovoltaic technology.

formazione energie rinnovabili 2 formazione albania fotovoltaico

What can we define as ethically acceptable in terms of the environment and consumption? What can we do to help protect the environment?

The only ethically acceptable response would be to promote only what allows an indefinite LIFE of the ecosystem. However, the current pace of growth doesn’t seem to coincide with this occurrence. The first step to take, especially for the economically advantaged countries, is to put a stop to the excesses of capitalism and the consequent consumerism at any cost.

In a profoundly unfair world in terms of access to resources, our priority is to ensure that so-called developing countries progress and do so through the right channels, those that take into account the environment and its wholesomeness, on which the life of every being in the world depends.

How to promote a development that is “sustainable” in places that seek to free themselves from poverty, from lack of access to resources? The first way to go is certainly the knowledge of the risks of growth and development models based on exhaustible and highly polluting resources, and a deep awareness of the importance of the ecosystem and the preservation of its healthiness.

Only a solid awareness of these cornerstones can allow an advance towards the road of development that is not only an economic growth but a comprehensive progress, in which human well-being is not at the expense of the environment.

This is one of the pillars of VIDES, the basis of all its design experience in favor of the development of the countries in which it operates. This is the current experience in Albania, in the suburbs of Lethë, through the project "Promoting sustainable socio-economic development in the Green Economy sector" - AID 10946 (co-funded by the Italian Agency for International Cooperation - AICS).

The use of fossil fuels (petroleum, methane, coal) and nuclear fuels (uranium), highly impactful (CO2 emissions and waste) and exhaustible, gives way to renewable resources with low environmental impact (mainly solar) - The energy in which we are immersed comes from the sun.

In its first year, the project aims to raise awareness and spread knowledge about environmental risks deriving from the use of non-renewable and highly polluting energy sources. It concretely contributes to:

- improving the training courses, raising the level of technical skills in innovative sectors and  increasing youth employment in the green economy

- promoting local socio-economic development and environmental protection, on the basis of of renewable energy.

  • Refresher courses on renewable energy for teachers from two professional schools;
  • Training course for energy technicians, with the award of a diploma recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies
  • Opening of a “work orientation” office, in order integrating young people into the world of employment.
  • Launch of all the necessary procedures for setting up a social enterprise in the solar energy sector.
  • Information and awareness campaign on climate change and on benefits of renewable energy sources
  • Creation of a multi-actor platform of private and public coordination, that promotes a collaboration network at regional level. This tool supports social entrepreneurship of unemployed and dis- advantaged youth in the renewable energy sector, with a focus on photovoltaic technology.

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