Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

Invitation for media: Closing ceremony of the “Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Mountainous Areas of Armenia”

Armenia, 19/06/2019 - 13:56, UNIQUE ID: 190619_5
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Closing ceremony of the “Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Mountainous Areas of Armenia”

The Delegation of the European Union to Armenia invites you to the closing ceremony of the “Integrated Support for Sustainable Economic Development in Rural Mountainous Areas of Armenia” on 21 June 2019 in Geghamasar community, Gegharkunik region. The event will be marked with such important outcomes of the project as the opening of the biogas plant and the greenhouse constructed in Geghamasar in the frames of the project.

The event will take place on 21 June, at 11:00-12:30, in Geghamasar community, Gegharkunik region.

The project aims to contribute to local economic growth by increasing regional competitiveness and creating sustainable jobs in Geghamasar, Areguni, Pambak, Shaki, Shaghat, Angeghakot beneficiary villages.

The event is one of many EU initiatives on energy efficiency within EU Sustainable Energy Week in 2019 that will feature Sustainable Energy Days in Armenia through youth events, intellectual quests, painting competitions, seminars and lectures, inaugurals of solar photovoltaic power plants, biogas plant launch, sustainable greenhouse opening, and many more exciting events.

Suren Papikyan, RA Minister of  Territorial Administration and Infrastructure (to be confirmed), Andrea Baggioli, International Aid/Cooperation Officer at the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Gnel Sanosyan, Governor of Gegharkunik region, Hayk Minassian, President of the Board of Shen NGO will deliver opening remarks and keynote speeches.

The opening remarks and keynote speeches will be followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the large biogas plant. The guests and participants will be invited to a walking tour to the plant, to the greenhouse and the deep well constructed within the project with the support of the European Union.

A Q&A session for the media will follow the walking tour. The event agenda is below.

Media registration will start at 10:50. Media representatives will be provided with roundtrip transportation to/from Geghamasar.

To confirm your participation please contact Liana Hayrapetyan, tel: +374 91 200 397.

Additional information

Armenia sprinting ahead towards Sustainable Energy with the European Union

Armenia is moving forward on its sustainable energy pathway, with strong support from the European Union. The European Commission and International Financing Institutions aim at bringing energy efficiency reforms and investments to scale by actively collaborating with the Government and relevant stakeholders of selected countries, and gathered in Yerevan on 18 March 2019 in High Level Energy Efficiency Initiative in Armenia.

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective tools to support an economy, while contributing to the global fight for climate change. On a national scale, energy efficiency helps strengthening energy security, reducing energy expenditures and freeing up funds for expenditures in other sectors, slowing down energy demand growth, eliminating the needs for investments in new generation capacities, creating green jobs, enhancing satisfaction with the public services’ quality, helping meet the climate mitigation goals and improving the competitiveness of the economy. On a building scale, energy efficiency improves the utility affordability, extends building lifetime, and boosts indoor comfort.

 In particular, a gap analysis was performed aiming to assess the progress made by the Government of Armenia in creating favourable market conditions for energy efficiency, as well as identify the obstacles related to energy efficiency improvement in Armenia and recommend actions to address existing  shortcomings, with key focus being addressed towards the buildings sector.

The High-level EE dialogue summed up the achievements over the past years and discussed ways to support energy efficiency initiatives in Armenia further scaling up energy efficiency investments in both public and multi-apartment residential buildings.

23 Armenian towns have joined the Covenant of Mayors, and ten of them with approved Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

Many of the ongoing EU initiatives on energy/energy efficiency sector, including a couple of Pilot Regional Development Programme EU-granted projects in Vayots Dzor/Syunik/Gegharkunik regions, and partner-supported initiatives have featured energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions throughout Armenia. EU Sustainable Energy Week in 2019 will feature Sustainable Energy Days in Yerevan, Abovyan, Gavar, Artik, Aparan, Martuni, Ijevan, Goris, Masis, Tashir, Spitak and Vayq featuring youth events, intellectual quests, painting competitions, seminars and lectures, inaugurals of solar photovoltaic power plants in Gladzor and Spitak, biogas plant launch, sustainable greenhouse opening, and many more exciting events which will spread the buzz of the sustainable energy from June 15 to July 4 across the map of Armenia.

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