Energy efficiency measures improve people's livesOct 19, 2017
Today Andres Hagelberg, the Ambassador of Sweden in Bosnia and Herzegovina and UNDP Resident Representative Sezin Sinanoglu have signed the Agreement on additional financing of the project Green Economic Development by the Government of Sweden in the amount of BAM 2.9 million, thus marking the continuation of the support to systemic development of energy efficiency in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The energy efficiency measures will be implemented in 22 buildings in line with the Agreement resulting in the annual energy cost savings of the public institutions in the amount of BAM 600.000. The activities will also contribute to employment of domestic labor force, energy savings and reduction of greenhouse gas emission.
The Ambassador of Sweden in BiH Anders Hagelberg stated that this represents a contribution to reduction of the climate change impacts, which requires cooperation at global level, but that each individual country also needs to give its contribution. He also underlined that Sweden supports the efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina on its path to European Union, and that one of the greatest challenges is the issue of environment and climate change.
Energy efficiency is not just a technical term, it really influences the lives of people and the implementation of energy efficiency measures contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emission as well as the impact of climate change, while the energy efficiency projects generate new jobs – said Sezin Sinanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative.
The launching of the energy management institutionalization activities in the public buildings at the state level was initiated with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations and UNDP. The Memorandum defines the cooperation framework in the energy management, energy efficiency, environment protection and reduction of greenhouse gas emission.
The BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Šarović thanked UNDP Mission to BiH on the continuous demonstration of the commitment to BiH through various jointly implemented projects. Mr. Šarović also underlined the importance and the role of the Kingdom of Sweden and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency in the post-war development of BiH.
Mr. Šarović said that the average energy consumption in public buildings in BiH is three times higher than the European Union average, and that the “Green Economic Development Project” provides multiple benefits for the citizens and contributes to the joint sustainable development goals.
The first Typology of Public Buildings in Bosnia and Herzegovina was also presented and handed to Minister Šarović.
Typology is an overall classification of public buildings, where the quality of building is evaluated against the energy features, and it can be used for improving the energy efficiency of the building stock, forecasting and evaluating the energy savings and the carbon dioxide emission reduction potential.
UNDP also signed the Co-financing Agreement with the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska in the amount of BAM 500.000. The Director of the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska, Srđan Todorović said that the energy efficiency measures were implemented in 21 buildings through this project with total value of investments amounting to over seven million BAM, and the majority were health and education facilities.
He also noted that the plan for this year is thermal retrofitting of around 15 public sector buildings, mostly health and educational institutions.
Today UNDP also marked the cooperation with Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska and the event gathered the representatives of the public institutions thermally retrofitted within the project, as well as the representatives of the institutions which provided financial support for the thermal retrofitting of the buildings.