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Belarus: EU helps schools stay warm and save money

December 18, 2017

Thanks to EU support, 1,670 children at a secondary school in Dziaržynsk, Belarus, will be able to study in warmer, brighter classrooms. In 2016, the school building was entirely insulated as part of its participation in the EU’s Energy Efficiency in Schools programme. Old windows were replaced by double-glazed windows, energy-efficient light bulbs were fitted across the school, a heat recovery system was installed, and solar vacuum tubes were placed on the roof to provide hot water all year round.

Director Liudmila Luksha says the new equipment now allows her school to offer a more comfortable environment for children while saving up to €1,600 per month on energy. On average, energy consumption in the four schools has been reduced by 45 per cent for heating and 43 per cent for electricity. "Participating in the EU 'Energy Efficiency in Schools' programme was a powerful incentive for us to live differently, to think differently, and to educate children differently," says Luksha. 

The EU-supported Energy Efficiency in Schools programme, co-funded by local authorities and implemented by the UNDP, is also helping Belarusian schools save money on energy bills. In addition to delivering concrete benefits for Belarusian citizens, improving energy efficiency is key to tackling climate change.

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