Energy-efficient consumption generates new jobs in BiHJun 16, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska took part in the ceremony of marking the completion of works on improving energy efficiency at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Banja Luka.
As part of the UNDP project “Green Economic Development” works have been implemented on setting a new thermal façade, improving the heating system, replacing the roof construction, joinery, lighting and radiator valves, which will contribute to saving on heating by 50% and 1,400 students and employees will have better indoor conditions. Works on improving the energy efficiency of the Faculty of Natural Sciences have been implemented with the financial support of the Government of Sweden, the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Sezin Sinanoglu, Resident Representative of UNDP CO in BiH, and Srebrenka Golić, Minister of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of RS, by revealing a plaque officially marked the completion of energy efficiency works on one of the oldest buildings in Banja Luka.
During the ceremony, the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Sinanoglu stated: "By reconstructing this building, we have created much better conditions for students' work. At the same time, energy efficiency projects create new jobs in construction, energy equipment, i.e. in "green jobs", which are the future of the country". In her address Sinanoglu also thanked the Swedish Government for financing of the project.
Energy efficiency measures contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions as well as the reduction of air pollution and help public buildings, institutions and population to achieve financial savings that can be used for other purposes.
"All the construction works have been carried out in accordance with the technical documentation while the most important thing is that this building switched from fossil-fueled heating to renewable energy sources by replacing the heating furnace, thus reducing the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere", said Minister Ms Golić.
As part of the ceremony, Sinanoglu and Golić have signed the Agreement on joint implementation of new energy efficiency projects in public buildings – University hospital Foča and primary school “Mladen Stojanović” in Laktaši. The total value of this Agreement is KM 2.28 million.
The "Green Economic Development", project is implemented by the UNDP, with financial support from the Government of Sweden, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, the Environmental Protection Fund of the Federation of BiH and the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska. The project is dedicated to creating conditions for investment in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings in order to achieve budget savings, increase the number of "green jobs", improve comfort for users and reinvest the savings, which contributes to economic progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina and environmental conservation.
During the past period, energy efficiency measures have been implemented on 86 buildings, which contributed to:
- Creating over 800 „green jobs“
- Financial savings in public budgets amounting to over KM 2,700,000 annually
- Decreasing energy consumption and achievings savings over 50%
- Decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by around 7,000 metric tons annually