The Sarreguemines Confluences Agglomeration Community adopted its first climate plan in 2012. It was then a matter of real political will since the approach was not mandatory at that time. More than a hundred actions have been included in this program both on the heritage and services of the Agglo, ie on the very activity of the EPCI, but also on the territory. The themes addressed in this action plan are diverse (energy, travel, buildings, biodiversity, waste, etc.), but the objectives are common and converge towards reducing our energy consumption, limiting our impact on climate change by reducing our emissions. greenhouse gas emissions, adopting a more restrained and responsible mode of consumption, and adapting to the already existing effects of climate change.
Some of the flagship actions of this climate plan have given rise to the creation of services for residents, the development of a territory project in terms of mobility, and other actions to raise awareness of sustainable development and energy transition. .
Arrived at a turning point, the Agglo is now committed to the development of a new climate plan called PCAET (territorial air energy climate plan). This document, the diagnosis of which has already been established, will be published in 2022.
Since 2016, the Agglo has had an energy referent. Its mission is to provide advice to municipalities that do not have a technical service to save energy on their assets.
For this, the energy referent carries out thermal diagnoses of municipal buildings and diagnoses of public lighting. He accompanies municipalities as a project management assistant in carrying out works, and in preparing grant application files.
It offers massification operations to facilitate the procedures of the municipalities in carrying out the work and finding the best price.
As such, in 2019, it carried out a massification operation for the insulation of lost attics by blowing in mineral wool in 88 buildings. 17500 m² of municipal buildings have thus been insulated. This operation having been financed by the CEE (energy saving certificates), it cost the municipalities nothing.
On July 22, 2015, the National Assembly adopted the energy transition law for green growth which provides for the implementation of the “zero pesticide” objective in all public spaces. Thus, since January 1, 2017, it is forbidden for the State, local authorities and public establishments to use phytosanitary products for the maintenance of green spaces, walks, forests and roads. The harmful impact of these products on human health and the environment has been proven many times over.
At the same time, the Community of Agglomeration Sarreguemines Confluences committed in 2009 to a “zero-phytosanitary” program with differentiated management of community green spaces. The use of alternative techniques is now systematic, such as mulching or even flame or manual weeding.
The Agglo has also set up a support mission in order to help the municipalities to be part of this “zero pesticide” approach and to respect the environment and everyone's health. Thus, between 2012 and 2015, training was offered to municipal officials and elected officials on the various specificities of the reasoned and pesticide-free management of green spaces and more particularly the landscape management of cemeteries, spaces that are relatively difficult to maintain in an ecological manner. This information has enabled municipalities to gradually move towards management of cemeteries that is more respectful of the health of workers and families, to preserve nature in order, ultimately, to manage their entire municipality in a more rational way.
In 2019, the Agglo received the "Espace Nature" label 2 dragonflies and was named the jury's favorite.
Environmental and sustainable development education is an integral part of the school's missions. This education begins in primary school and aims to awaken children to environmental issues. It includes raising awareness of nature and assessing the impact of human activities on natural resources.
The Sarreguemines Confluences Agglomeration Community has thus offered, every year since 2012, an Education for Sustainable Development project for elementary schools in its territory in partnership with the National Education Inspectorate.
This project is aimed at elementary schools and, depending on the themes addressed, nursery schools located in the 38 member municipalities of the Sarreguemines Confluences Agglomeration Community.
Each year, a different theme is dealt with: water, biodiversity, energy, climate change, waste reduction, responsible consumption, etc. Workshops and practical work are organized in each class participating in the project and the pupils generally present a restitution of their work at the end of the year.
This action is a success since the number of participating classes increases each year.
This event is proposed within the framework of the energy transition policy of the Agglomeration Community. Its purpose is to inform participants about the challenges of light pollution, the importance of a dark night, guaranteeing preserved nocturnal ecosystems, and energy savings.
It is thus a national event which takes place every year and which is declined on our territory by the organization of walks at nightfall, punctuated by animations. The participants live an experience by walking in the dark night, without public lighting and without a flashlight and realize that the eye gets used to the darkness and that we can thus better observe the nature that surrounds us and the starry sky.
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