Belarus to explore Austrian experience in energy efficiency


Belarus will explore the Austrian experience in energy conservation and efficiency, the deputy chairman of the State Committee for Standardization - Director of the Energy Efficiency Department Leonid Shenets said when speaking at an international scientific conference “Alternative sources of raw materials and fuels” in Minsk. 

Leonid Shenets noted that the Energy Efficiency Department of the State Committee for Standardization signed documents on cooperation with the Austrian Energy Agency. “Within the framework of these documents we have recently concluded a program of concrete actions with this agency and discussed the possibilities of establishing a partnership in training of personnel in energy conservation and efficiency. We can learn from the Austrian colleagues,” he said. 

As an example, Leonid Shenets cited the Austrian experience of energy use in cement production. Cement producers in Austria substitute natural gas with alternative sources of energy, including energy from processing the waste of the oil industry. Belarusian cement plants do not yet have such an experience, and hope to develop, with the help of Austrian experts, the necessary technology and partially discontinue the use of traditional fuels.

Leonid Shenets also mentioned the cooperation of Belarus in energy conservation and efficiency with the World Bank. With the support of this international organization, Belarus has already implemented several projects. One of them worth $22.6 million was aimed to upgrade 674 power facilities in education and healthcare sectors: boilers were installed and upgraded, thermal units were installed in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Currently the project in energy efficiency in the Chernobyl-affected areas is nearing completion. About $50 million was injected in the project. In coming years, the World Bank will finance another project in energy conservation and energy efficiency in Belarus, which is estimated at $125 million. Under the project six major power facilities of Belarus will be upgraded.

According to www.belta.by