Better conditions for kids in energy efficient Center Los Rosales and Radobolja kindergarten in MostarMay 11, 2017
The Green Economic Development Project (GED), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), officially marked the completion of the works on improving energy efficiency of the Center for children and youth with special needs Los Rosales and Radoblja kindergarten in Mostar.
The thermo-insulation of the Los Rosales Center, comprised of four buildings with the total area of 883 m2, has provided better comfort for 175 pupils and employees. The UNDP's Project provided assistance with heating system improvement, replacement of radiators in the workshops units, installation of new windows and thermally façade. The works on improving the energy efficiency have been realized thanks to the financial support of the Government of Sweden, Environmental Fund of the Federation of BiH, Government of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, City of Mostar, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
"The purpose of all these activities is not only to ensure better daily conditions for children with special needs, but also to preserve the environment for future generations”, said Mr Anders Hagelberg Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to BiH.
Ambassador Hagelberg added that Sweden has funded the improving of energy efficiency for about hundred buildings and has been involved in many other environmental projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Another very important aspect of energy efficiency measures is the impact on the local economy. By implementing energy efficiency measures, through GED Project more than 800 green jobs were created in BiH” highlighted Sanjin Avdić, UNDP's Sector Leader for Energy and Environment.
“Today is a big day for us. By improving the energy efficiency of the facilities in the Center, we have achieved greater comfort and more humane working and dwelling conditions for our kids and employees“ added Ms Mirna Mezet Director of Center Los Rosales.
The President of the Government of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Mr Nevenko Herceg noted that in 2016, the Canton Government allocated six million convertible marks to the reconstruction of public facilities as part of the project of improving energy efficiency.
"Investing in education is the best investment in our future. It is our duty to do everything to provide better living conditions and a better future of our children” said Mr Herceg.
Mayor of Mostar Mr Ljubo Bešlić expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped reconstruct Los Rosales, and his satisfaction that the users of the Center will have much better working conditions.
Following the ceremony in Los Rosales, the delegation visited Radobolja kindergarten in Mostar where works on improving energy efficiency have also been completed.
The UNDP's Green Economic Development Project is dedicated to creating favorable conditions for investing in increasing energy efficiency of public buildings to reduce budget spending, increase the number of “green jobs”, improve comfort for users and reinvest funds saved, which contributes to the economic growth of Bosnia and Herzegovina and preserve the environment. The Project is funded by the Government of Sweden, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Environmental Fund of the FBiH, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of RS and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).