Belarus to conclude 20 energy efficiency agreements as part of UNDP/GEF project


About 20 investment agreements on energy efficiency will be concluded as part of the UNDP/GEF project “Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvements in the State Sector in Belarus” by late 2011, Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, told reporters on 30 September. The UNDP delegation studied the state of efforts to raise energy efficiency at Vitebsk-based Keramika Company.

Particularly, there are plans to install three cogeneration modules in the housing and utilities sector of Volkovysk, cogeneration and trigeneraton systems in Slutsk. The volume of financing is $33 million. The reduction of greenhouse gases emissions is estimated at 40,000 tonnes per year. Housing and utilities companies of Brest, Minsk, Grodno oblasts will be equipped with new pumping facilities. The emissions of greenhouse gases are expected to slim down by 30,000 tonnes per year. The inflow of investments will make up almost $7 million.

According to manger of the project Alexander Grebenkov, four state-run enterprises have already fulfilled energy efficiency measures under the auspices of the UNDP/GEF project. Each project will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 30,000 tonnes per year.

According to Antonius Broek, Belarus will continue to implement UNPD projects to promote environmental protection, energy saving, alternative energy. International experts will help work out technical regulations for the construction of energy efficient buildings, wind farms and other facilities.

The UNDP/GEF project “Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvements in the State Sector in Belarus” was launched in 2007 by the national executive agency of the Energy Efficiency Department of the Belarusian State Standardization Committee. The project will be completed in 2011.

According to www.belta.by