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31.5.2018 Improving Energy Efficiency in B

Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings


Source:, 2018-05-16

As part of the joint UNECE-UNDP events “Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings and Appliances: Harmonization and Implementation in UNECE region,” UNDP in Armenia today organized a workshop on “Knowledge sharing on management and financing of energy efficient refurbishment of multi-apartment buildings.”

Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Armenia, and Armen Ghularyan, Deputy Chairman of RA Urban Development Committee, welcomed the workshop participants – representatives of UNECE, key stakeholder ministries, government agencies, Yerevan and other municipalities, experts in the field of energy efficiency.

During the one-day workshop, the participants discussed the key legislation requirements and best practices in management of multi-apartment buildings, the ways to implement the energy efficiency in buildings’ strategies by state and donor organizations, as well as the ways to design and establish state support agencies for residential multi-apartment buildings. The workshop also provided an opportunity to hear the experts’ opinion on applicability of international best practices from Eastern European countries and the Baltic States to the Armenian context.

UNDP in Armenia, jointly with the Ministry of Nature Protection and in close partnership with Yerevan Municipality, is implementing a 6-year project on “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits”. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund in the grant amount of USD 20 million.

The project, launched in July 2017, focuses on modernization of energy efficiency of the both public and residential buildings, and creation of a favorable market environment for investments and establishment of a large-scale business model. All these measures will help to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in Armenia from the energy consumption in the buildings, ensure resource savings for vulnerable households, and positively impact Armenia’s overall energy safety.

31.5.2018 Europe Day celebrations reach Ar

Europe Day celebrations reach Armenian regions – some for the first time


Source:, 2018-05-24

The celebrations for Europe Day 2018 have reached Armenia’s regions. Ijevan marz (region), on 12 May, and Hrazdan, on 13 May, both hosted the pan-European holiday for the first time.

Residents of the Tavush and Kotayk regions, which also hosted celebrations, were able to learn about EU-funded projects in Europe and Armenia and see their achievements. They were also able to enjoy good music and dance, participate in various competitions, and win surprise gifts. The celebration also included tasting different European dishes. EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski joined the participants in both cities.

Ambassador Świtalski thanked the mayors of the cities for their hospitality: “We are happy for the annual chance to tour Armenia and celebrate this holiday of peace and unity together. This year, we are dedicating the celebrations to young people.”

In 2018, Europe Day is being celebrated in Armenia under the slogan “Europe is here”. “Indeed, the EU is trying to be helpful and bring about good results for ordinary Armenian citizens,” added Świtalski.

The Europe Day celebrations are taking place in different parts of Armenia between 11 May and 2 June. The Embassies of 11 EU Member States accredited to Armenia have joined the EU Delegation for their culture and entertainment events. More information about celebration activities in the country can be found here.

31.5.2018 Plastic waste to be recycled int

Plastic waste to be recycled into building materials for the first time in Armenia


Source:, 2018-05-23

Innovations in the contemporary world may make people’s daily lives more convenient, but they can also cause irreversible damage to nature.Plastic bottles, disposable tableware and polyethylene bags are proof of this. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 the mass of waste in the sea is going to be far greater than the weight of the world’s entire seafood reserves. Plastic makes up 80% of the waste in the world’s oceans. As a result, the plastic waste that is thrown away returns in the form of polluted food, water and air.

Armenia may be a landlocked country without a coastline, but extensive use of plastic packaging has generated environmental issues here too. The country has not yet fully implemented a waste sorting policy, and the issue becomes more visible during strong winds, when polyethylene bags and plastic items pile up. According to a 2016 study supported by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, plastic containers, bottles and bags are the main polluters of water in Armenia. Five thousand tonnes of polyethylene waste is collected in the country each year. Based on the average data for recent years, more than 622 tonnes of polyethylene bags are imported to Armenia and 201 tonnes produced in the country annually.

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31.5.2018 EU

EU’s Green Energy Project helps fight poverty in Armenia


Source:, 2018-05-28

Armenia is making its first steps in the field of green energy. If we consider the country’s geographical location and high levels of sunshine, solar energy in particular can be an excellent solution for local communities who still face problems with heating supply. Green energy is both less expensive and environmentally friendly.

The European Union (EU), with its various initiatives and programmes, is supporting Armenia’s switch to green energy. One project that is supporting this transition is the Green Energy for Green Socio-Economic Progress Project. The ‘Green Energy Project’, as it is known, aims to promote renewable energy among society, local authorities and civil society organisations in Shirak Province. The project also intends to reduce the level of poverty in the region by encouraging public authorities and citizens to install green energy facilities, which can generate income and improve quality of life. For instance, building a greenhouse combined with air heaters can extend harvesting seasons and increase income.

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