Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

EU Energy Days in Armenia Highlight Strong Partnership for Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Potential in the Country

26/09/2016 - 00:00

The European Union supports Armenia’s commitment to foster sustainable energy development and boost the country’s potential for renewable energy sources and energy security. Over the recent years the EU, together with its institutional partners and the Government of Armenia, has supported a large number of reforms and projects regionally and nationally. The purpose is to help Armenian communities to take steps towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption. The cooperation between the EU and Armenia aims to diversify energy resources in the country and make it less dependent on the imported energy.

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The EU supports the implementation of reforms on renewable energy, energy security and efficiency for the benefit of Armenia’s citizens. During the EU Energy Days a series of events scheduled from 26 to 29 September will highlight the impact of the EU-funded programmes that contribute to developing policy and practices of renewable, alternative and sustainable energy solutions in Armenia.

Held under the umbrella of EU4Energy initiative by the European Union Delegation to Armenia, its partner institutions and EU-funded projects, these events invite the citizens and stakeholders to explore the best practices and be objectively informed of the EU-supported projects that are making a real difference. The four-day initiative features panel discussions to raise awareness on the residential energy efficiency, to communicate the achievements and prospects for municipal energy savings, to have in-depth discussions on energy efficiency policies and financing opportunities for the business sector, as well as to hold energy talks with school children. The latter aims to share valuable energy consumption tips with younger generation. This series of events provides for an all-encompassing platform for further discussions and practical steps in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors of Armenia.

Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski comments on the EU Energy Days in Armenia - “Energy efficiency is at the core of EU energy security policy and we believe that we can also help Armenia to be more energy independent as part of the EU family. The EU is increasing its support to Armenia in the energy sector through many other projects”.

The European Union has extended long-term assistance to increasing Armenia’s energy efficiency locally, regionally and nationally. An important milestone for Armenia was joining the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) agreement in March, 2016. The agreement signed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a contribution of €10 million to E5P, will enable Armenia to access grant funds of €20 million. The funds are projected for priority municipal energy efficiency and environmental projects, such as rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems, solid waste management, street lighting and the insulation of public buildings. The project will result in energy savings, reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emissions. 

About EU funded energy projects in Armenia

The EU is Armenia’s largest aid donor for development. In 2007-2013, the EU-allocated assistance to Armenia totalled €281.5 million under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), with the 2014-2017 assistance ranging between a minimum of €140 million and a maximum of €170 million.

Major EU funded projects are already underway to help Armenia scale up its capacity for energy efficiency and security. The “Support to energy efficient renovation of social housing” project, developed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and implemented by National Mortgage Company (NMC) aims to foster energy efficient renovation of housing for lower and middle income populations, particularly in rural areas and secondary cities. The project encourages banks to grant smaller loans and is expected to benefit 3,000 households.

Another large-scale project with a vital strategic role is the Caucasus Transmission Network, implemented in partnership with KFW/EIB. It envisages construction of a cross-border energy exchange between Armenia and Georgia through a HVDC/back-to- back station. The project will foster diversification of energy supply in Armenia and regional integration.

Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy in Municipalities Vayk and Spitak (AREEM), supported by the European Union and implemented by Habitat for Humanity Armenia, aims to develop and test efficient energy consumption models in residential and public buildings of towns of Vayk and Spitak. By the end of 2018, energy efficiency measures will be introduced in 45 residential buildings, with 145 pieces of photovoltaic solar panels to be installed for addressing lighting system upgrades.

Energocredit, a dedicated programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and funded by the donors EU and the Austrian Ministry of Finance, helps individuals and businesses to find the right measures to reduce energy consumption and to finance their energy efficient investment. The European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility offers 10 or

15 % cash back on energy efficiency measures for successful eligible projects. Expert advice and technical assistance are provided by local and international experts, supported by the Austrian Ministry of Finance.

For more information, please contact Anahit Azatyan, Press and Information Officer at the EU Delegation to Armenia.

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