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Improving Energy Efficiency in B
Improving Energy Efficiency in
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
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
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
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.
Europe Day celebrations reach Ar
Europe Day celebrations reach
Armenian regions – some for the first time
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
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
Plastic waste to be recycled int
Plastic waste to be recycled into
building materials for the first time in Armenia
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
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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EUâ€™s Green Energy Project helps
fight poverty in Armenia
Armenia is making its first steps in the field of green energy. If we consider
the countryâ€™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
The European Union (EU), with its various initiatives and programmes, is
supporting Armeniaâ€™s switch to green energy. One project that is supporting this
transition is the Green Energy for Green Socio-Economic Progress Project. The
â€˜Green Energy Projectâ€™, 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
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