Climate Change Facility for BiH Cities

What is the project about?

Awareness on energy efficiency and sustainable energy is still quite low in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Public buildings in BiH use heating systems that 'burn'  both energy and public budgets. Recent studies have shown that the building sector consumes 57% of BiH’s total energy (compared to below 40% in EU countries). The average public building uses 220 kWh/m2 annually for heating purposes, an amount categorised as completely energy inefficient, according to the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).  It also puts a heavy burden on municipal budgets.

To address these issues, UNDP BiH developed the project “Climate Change Facility for BiH Cities”, with the aim of supporting national, entity and local governments in reducing their energy consumption in public buildings and in redirecting cost savings towards social sector spending.

What we do

 EMIS is a web application for monitoring and analysing energy and water consumption in public buildings.

One of the most significant components of the project is the EMIS (Energy Management Information System) which is being implemented in nine BiH cities. EMIS is a web application for monitoring and analysing energy and water consumption in public buildings. An analysis of the data entered in EMIS enables experts to identify and implement energy efficiency measures that result in lower energy consumption and significant financial savings for municipal budgets.

  • 10 locations have been identified in BiH (nine cities/municipalities: Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Travnik, Trebinje, Bihac, Prijedor, Gradiska, Tuzla, Bijeljina and one canton – Tuzla) as pilot sites for EMIS implementation;
  • EMIS co-ordinators have been appointed in each pilot site and an initial 3-5 buildings have been identified, the characteristics and energy expenditures of which are entered in the EMIS;
  • Preparations have been made for the introduction of EMIS in BiH, to secure server, software and technical assistance;
  • EMIS training has been given to public employees;
  • Implemention of awareness-raising campaign on energy efficiency.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • EMIS is currently being implemented in 23 municipalities and 500 public buildings will be registered in the system by September 2013,
  • Almost 150 public employees have received EMIS training;
  • In November 2010, UNDP conducted a survey on energy efficiency knowledge and awareness among BiH citizens. The results, together with an information/education media campaign conducted under the UNDP "Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency” project in Croatia, provided the basis for the development of the Communication Strategy for Energy Efficiency Awareness Raising in BiH, which was completed in June 2011;
  • The campaign identified the most suitable communication goals, channels and tools for BiH. It includes the adaptation of several publications used in the Energy Efficiency campaign conducted by UNDP Croatia: 200 EE    Advices, 1 Ton CO2 Challenge, the Green Office handbook, the Green Office workbook, a Manual for Energy Audit in Buildings, a Manual for Daily and Weekly Analysis for Energy Expenditures, Energy Management in Cities, and the Implementation of EE Measures - Financial Aspects.

Continued action

As a result of the project's success in establishing EMIS in selected municipalities/cities and clearly demonstrating the benefits of energy efficiency and associated financial savings, more and more municipalities are applying for support in the introduction of EMIS.  Project activities must therefore be expanded to include other municipalities to accommodate these requests. Further public awareness campaigning will also be required, as energy efficiency solutions are often perceived as expensive and not feasible in BiH.

Who finances it?

Donor Name Amount Contributed per Year
UNDP $ 86,628.45
UNDP $ 131,022.60
UNDP $ 72,867.41
UNDP $ 51,981.54
TOTAL BUDGET $ 342,500.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

DEC 2012 $   72,867.41
DEC 2011 $ 131,022.60
DEC 2010 $   86,628.45