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>> Armenia on the way to better air quality management, with help from UNECE
>> 2nd Forum of Energy Efficient Municipalities
>> Armenia is amongst the countries to present its VNR in 2018
>> Armenia’s Second Biennial Update Report is submitted to the UNFCCC Secretaria
>> EU4Energy: Pioneer project in Armenia to make kindergartens energy efficient and resilient to earthquakes

30.6.2018 Armenia on the way to better air

Armenia on the way to better air quality management, with help from UNECE


Source:, 2018-06-05

Knowing where air pollutant emissions are coming from is important to make viable policy decisions. While air quality in the UNECE region has improved over the past few decades as a result of integrated air pollution management strategies developed under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), progress has also been uneven across the region. In particular in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, more efforts are needed to reduce air pollutant emissions.

UNECE has therefore been assisting countries in the subregion to develop better emission inventories with a view to facilitating their ratification and/or implementation of the Air Convention and its key protocols. Following a workshop for this purpose in Armenia in 2016, UNECE organized a follow-up workshop in Yerevan (6–8 June 2018).

During the Yerevan workshop on emission inventories, national experts compared existing national methodologies to calculate emissions with internationally agreed methodologies under the UNECE Air Convention. Working with national data sets, experts calculated emissions from key source categories. This will help Armenia comply with the emissions data reporting obligations under the Convention.

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30.6.2018 2nd Forum of Energy Efficient Mu

2nd Forum of Energy Efficient Municipalities: Sustainable Energy Development Prospects in Armenian Communities


Source:, 2018-06-06

Under the auspices of the EU4Energy Program, the Sustainable Energy Week (SEW) is organized, in the period of 4 to 8 June, 2018.

Ms. Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP Climate Change Programme Coordinator attended the “Sustainable Energy Coming to Aparan” Exhibition, launching the SEW in Aparan on 4 June, 2018.

In the frames of SEW, together with the Union of Communities of Armenia and Foundation to Save Energy, “2nd Forum of Energy Efficient Municipalities: Sustainable Energy Development Prospects in Armenian Communities” took place. Ms. D. Harutyunyan and Mr. Vahram Jalalyan, “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits” UNDP-GCF Project Manager and the project experts participated in the forum, held at Elite Plaza Business Center on 6 June, 2018.

Ms. D. Harutyunyan expressed her thoughts in the session of “Development prospects for Sustainable Energy Development: Legal-Regulatory Gaps, Needs for Mediation, Local Energy Action”. And Mr. V. Jalalyan shared his views on “Institutional and Technical Capacities” session.

Afterwards, all of them participated in discussions.

30.6.2018 Armenia is amongst the countries

Armenia is amongst the countries to present its VNR in 2018


Source:, 2018-06-13

On June 13, a discussion with civil society organizations over the draft Armenia voluntary national review (VNR), facilitated by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Armenia took place at UN Armenia Office. The independent national consultant in charge of the preparation of the report made the presentation. The discussion results and the feedback from the civil society will be incorporated in the report enriching the national VNR.

Part of the follow-up and review mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) United Nations member states are encouraged to conduct voluntary national reviews (VNR) on SDGs to be presented at the high-level political forum (HLPF), which takes place every year under specific theme.

The VNRs are being carried out on a voluntary basis by the countries. They aim to facilitate sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for implementation of the SDGs.

Armenia is amongst the countries which has volunteered to present its VNR on SDGs at the 2018 HLPF, which will take place in mid-July in New York. The theme of this year is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.

30.6.2018 Armenia

Armenia’s Second Biennial Update Report is submitted to the UNFCCC Secretaria


Source:, 2018-06-20

Armenia has submitted its Second Biennial Update Report (BUR2) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. The BUR2 has been developed by the RA Ministry of Nature Protection with the funding of the Global Environmental Facility and support of the United Nations Development Programme in Armenia within the framework of the “Development of Armenia’s Fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC and Second Biennial Update Report” project. Armenia has also submitted its National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for 2014.

The BUR2 presents updated information on the First Biennial Update Report in a more transparent, accurate and complete way based upon the lessons learned from the International Consultation and Analysis. The BUR2 provides information on national circumstances, greenhouse gas inventory, climate change mitigation actions, support received and needs as well as Measurement, reporting and verification system. The Report also includes assessment and projections of energy sector development scenarios up to 2030, considering that energy is a strategic sector for the country and has significant mitigation potential.

The BUR2 has been endorsed by “Inter-agency Coordinating Council on Implementation of Requirements and Provisions of the UNFCCC”, the Council established by the RA Prime Minister’s N 955-A Decree of October 2, 2012.

The preparation of the BUR2 and upcoming reports, and their submission to the Convention are approved by the RA Government Protocol Decree N 49-8 of December 8, 2016 on “Approval of the List of Measures to be Implemented in the Fulfillment of the Republic of Armenia’s Obligations Emanated from a Number of International Environmental Conventions”.

30.6.2018 Sprint to 2020

EU4Energy: Pioneer project in Armenia to make kindergartens energy efficient and resilient to earthquakes


Source:, 2018-06-30

Almost 150 kindergartens in Armenia will benefit from a €5 million grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), to which the European Union is the largest contributor. The project is implemented jointly by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Municipality of Yerevan, the Green Climate Fund and the United Nations Development Programme. The grant represents additional support to the EIB’s loan of €7 million, signed in 2017.

29 kindergartens will be fully renovated, while 118 will benefit from a partial renovation involving energy efficiency measures. This will create a much safer and more comfortable environment for approximately 34,500 people, including pupils, teachers and staff members. This will contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce Yerevan’s municipal expenditure on energy services by around €1.1 million.

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