UNDP kicked-off the Green Urban Lighting project
Yerevan, 15 January 2014 – In Armenia’s urban economy, lighting is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the lighting sector presents a significant energy saving potential, which is possible to realize through the effective use of modern energy efficient technologies.
Today, the inception workshop of the UNDP-GEF “Green Urban Lighting” project took place in the “Picasso” hall of the Congress Hotel. The goal of the workshop was to present the main objectives and planned activities of the project, as well as the existing international experience and achivements in the urban energy efficient lighting sector.
The inception workshop was attended by Mr. Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Mr. Aram Harutyunyan, RA Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Kamo Areyan, First Deputy Mayor of Yerevan, as well as representatives of various ministries and agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, urban communities and private sector.
The experience, lessons learned and key conclusions from the implementation of various projects aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency and encouraging energy savings in the urban lighting sector of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Ukraine were presented during the workshop.
The main goal of the “Green Urban Lighting” project is to save energy and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from urban lighting systems via implementation of municipal investment programs and national policies. The project is in compliance with the national priorities to strengthen the economic and energy independence of the Republic of Armenia by promoting efficient use of resources and climate resilient growth.
As a project with global environmental significance, it is funded by the Globan Environmental Fund (GEF), which acts as the financial mechanism for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The project is grant-funded, thus additional/incremental costs for activities aimed at greenhouse gases emission reduction and so having a global environmental significance will also be funded in the scope of the project.
A number of activities are envisaged to be implemented in the framework of the project, in particular, energy audit of urban lighting systems, staff capacity building at the appropriate structures of various municipalities, implementation of energy efficient pilot projects in the urban lighting sector, design and implementation of urban lighting programs, as well as development of financial instruments and suggestions on reforms of the legislative and regulatory frameworks.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Nature Protection and in close cooperation with Yerevan municipality, as well as other national and local partners. The duration of the project is four years.
For additional information about the project, please visit the following website: http://www.nature-ic.am/green-urban-lighting/