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>> EU4Energy: Increasing energy efficiency of residential buildings in Armenia
>> International Conference ôResilience Building for Sustainable Developmentö was kicked-off in Yerevan
>> EU helps Armenian cities of Vayk and Spitak be more energy efficient and embrace green energy
>> Influential Loan Organizations In Denmark Refused to Support Teghout Project

31.10.2017 EU4Energy

EU4Energy: Increasing energy efficiency of residential buildings in Armenia


Source:, 2017-10-03

The Energy Charter Secretariat recently organised an expert discussion on energy efficiency in buildings in Armenia. The event, which took place on 28 September 2017 in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, brought together key decision-makers and stakeholders including policy-makers, city authorities, representatives of the construction sector, international organisations and NGOs.

The residential sector accounts for the largest share of total final energy consumption in Armenia. Increasing energy efficiency in the construction and renovation of buildings is a priority for the country. Best practices and experiences in EU member states, which could be transposed to the Armenian context, were discussed in this regard. The conclusions from this consultation will be presented to the Government of Armenia.

The event was organised as part of EU4Energy ľ a European Union initiative that works with the eleven countries that make up the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia regions to support their energy policy-making. Under the EU4Energy umbrella, the Energy Charter Secretariat is cooperating with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus in the elaboration of their policies and legislation related to energy efficiency.

In addition to the energy efficiency of residential buildings, the Energy Charter Secretariatĺs current technical cooperation with Armenia focuses on addressing energy efficiency in energy-related products and assessing the regulatory risks hindering investment in energy efficiency and the renewable energies sector.

31.10.2017 International Conference

International Conference ôResilience Building for Sustainable Developmentö was kicked-off in Yerevan


Source:, 2017-10-11

A 3-day international conference entitled ôResilience Building for Sustainable Developmentö was kicked-off in Yerevan, ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction marked on 13 October.

The overall objective of the conference was to boost dialogue and awareness on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Europe and the CIS region and beyond, as well as strengthen political commitment of key actors for sustainable, risk-informed DRR efforts.

The event was organized by the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform of Armenia, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations Childrenĺs Fund (UNICEF), Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), Asian Institute of Technology, Save the Children International Armenia Representative office, OxYGen Foundation for Protection of Youth and Women Rights, Habitat for Humanity Armenia, and Armenian Red Cross Society.


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31.10.2017 EU helps Armenian cities of Vayk

EU helps Armenian cities of Vayk and Spitak be more energy efficient and embrace green energy


Source:, 2017-10-16

The EU-funded ôCovenant of Mayors Demonstration Projectsö programme has supported the modernisation of 9 blocks of flats in the Armenian cities of Vayk and Spitak.

The project involves the implementation of energy-saving and energy-efficient measures in 35 blocks of flats and public buildings in the cities of Vayk and Spitak, as well as the installation of LED lamps in entrance halls, staircases and yards. Additionally, it is planned to install solar panels in the kindergarten in Spitak to provide autonomous heat and electric power supply. It will help to significantly cut energy bills and will be more energy efficient.

The ôCovenant of Mayors Demonstration Projectsö programme supports small towns that have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors initiative to implement energy efficiency projects identified within their Sustainable Energy Action Plans, with grants as well as technical assistance.

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31.10.2017 Influential Loan Organizations I

Influential Loan Organizations In Denmark Refused to Support Teghout Project


Source:, 2017-10-25

The Dutch pension fund, Pension Danmark, and EKF, Denmarkĺs Export Credit Agency, refused from funding Teghout copper and molybdenum mining project: as the website of the EKF says, ô The decision was reached after multiple attempts over an extended period to get the mine to comply with the terms of the agreement with EKF. The warning was recently followed by an ultimatum, which culminated in a message to the mine that we are withdrawing our supportö. The main reason is that the mining company didnĺt comply with the World Bank's guidelines on environmental and social sustainability.

The EKF outlined three main violations in Teghout.

First, the aquatic environment: one of EKF's explicit demands was that the mining operations must comply with international standards for the aquatic environment. EKF has on multiple occasions called attention to the problems of overflow from the mine's catch basin. The problems with the aquatic environment formed a part of EKFĺs decision to withdraw its support.

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