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EU Energy Days: Armenia and EU highlight joint energy efficiency efforts

September 27, 2016

The EU Delegation to Armenia has invited citizens and stakeholders to explore the impact of EU-funded programmes in the development of renewable, alternative and sustainable energy solutions in Armenia. The EU Energy Days will run a series of events on 26-29 September in Armenian capital Yerevan and provide a platform for further discussions and practical steps in the energy efficiency sectors.
The four-day initiative will raise awareness on residential energy efficiency, communicate the achievements and prospects for municipal energy savings, and discuss energy efficiency policies and financing opportunities for the business sector. The EU also invites school children and students to take part in a discussion on valuable energy consumption and renewable energy solutions.
The European Union has extended long-term assistance to increase Armenia’s energy efficiency locally, regionally and nationally. Major EU funded projects are already underway to help Armenia scale up its capacity for energy efficiency and security:
-       The “Support to energy efficient renovation of social housing” project, aims to foster energy efficient renovation of housing for lower and middle income populations, particularly in rural areas and secondary cities.
-       The Caucasus Transmission Network envisages construction of a cross-border energy exchange between Armenia and Georgia through a high voltage direct current system. The project will foster diversification of energy supply in Armenia and regional integration.
-       The Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy in Municipalities Vayk and Spitak project aims to develop and test efficient energy consumption models in residential and public buildings in Vayk and Spitak. By the end of 2018, energy efficiency measures will be introduced in 45 residential buildings, with 145 solar panels to be installed for lighting system upgrades.
-       Energocredit is a dedicated programme from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is funded by the donors EU and the Austrian Ministry of Finance. It helps individuals and businesses to find the right measures to reduce energy consumption and to finance their energy efficient investment.
The cooperation between the EU and Armenia aims to diversify energy resources in the country and make it less dependent on the imported energy. An important milestone for Armenia was joining the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership agreement which enables Armenia to access grant funds of €20 million. The funds are for priority municipal energy efficiency and environmental projects, such as the rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems, solid waste management, street lighting and the insulation of public buildings. The project will result in energy savings, reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emissions. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EU Delegation Armenia website
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