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.
Tuzla Canton and UNDP Continue Joint Energy Efficiency Projects
The Co-sharing Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Tuzla Canton and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were signed in Tuzla, marking the continuation of energy efficiency projects in Tuzla Canton and a more active role of communities in environment protection and climate change mitigation.
Thanks to projects implemented to date in cooperation with the UNDP, Tuzla Canton and its municipalities are saving more than 100,000 BAM annually on energy bill. Municipalities Doboj Istok, Gračanica, Kladanj, Lukavac i Srebrenik adopted Local Environmental Action Plans (LEAPs) City of Tuzla adopted the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), three Energy Efficiency projects were implemented (public street lighting in Živinice, LED traffic lights in Tuzla and energy efficiency project for primary school Pazar) solar collectors renewable energy project in Mejdan sports and business centre. UNDP also installed advanced energy consumption monitoring and management system called Energy Management Information System (EMIS) in all schools in Tuzla Canton.
The CSA and MoU define further implementation of positive results, but most important the institutionalization of all the above-mentioned activities within the public sector in Tuzla Canton. Adequate support will be provided to designate ministries to ensure institutionalization of Energy Management and Energy Efficiency Action Plans in public sector.
“Just today and tomorrow around 30 staff members of cantonal government/ministries and municipalities of Canton Tuzla are attending course “understanding, increasing and financing of energy efficiency projects in public buildings”, said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Zahira Virani. “The Tuzla Canton is able to make informed policy and investment decisions that reduce GHG emissions, reduce poverty, create new employment opportunities and jobs and move societies towards long-term sustainability and we are glad to assist them achieving these objectives,” she added.
“The majority of school buildings in the Tuzla Canton will be reconstructed within the project of introducing energy efficiency in public buildings thanks to the partnership with the United Nations Development Program. The tangible benefit is money saving and long term reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG). Constant concern about environmental protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources usage is one of the essential components for sustainable development and an important factor in the integration process of our country to the European Union,” said Tuzla Canton Prime Minister, Sead Čaušević.
The Government of the Tuzla Canton and UNDP are planning to implement EMIS in all public buildings in the entire canton and will conduct thorough energy audit in 15 public buildings.
To date, UNDP implemented 38 energy efficiency projects worth 3.8 million US dollars throughout the country, ensuring annual savings in energy costs of about 700,000 US dollars.