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Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in

Background Information
The Project was aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1.14 million tons of CO2 equivalent over the period of 15 years by catalysing current investments in energy efficiency in the state sector of Belarus. The Project targeted municipalities, state and communal enterprises in the district heating and combined heat and power sectors.

The Project’s strategy addressed capacity and awareness issues among state enterprises and local authorities by building capacity to provide information and consulting services, and training to local authorities and state enterprise’ employees in energy efficiency. The Project team was to assess opportunities of local bank loans for energy efficiency investment projects.

General Information

  • Country:Belarus
  • Period of Implementation:  January 2007 – December 2011
  • Implementing Agency: United Nations Development Programme
  • Executing Agency: Belarus Committee on Energy Efficiency
  • Cooperating Agency: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • GEF Grant: $1.4 million
  • Government Inputs: $8.27 million (including $150,000 in-kind)
  • UNECE Inputs: $ 100,000 (in-kind contribution by technical assistance and advisory services)
  • Total Cost of the project: $9.77 million

Objective
The main objective of the project is to increase internal investments in energy efficiency projects in the state sector with the assistance of the Energy Centre created in the process of project implementation.

Expected Accomplishments

  1. Strengthen institutional capacity to support energy saving in the state sector;
  2. Establish a track record for investments in sustainable energy efficiency projects in the state sector;
  3. Develop straightforward financial “starter” mechanisms in a challenging investment climate to promote investments in the state sector; and
  4. Overcome negative perceptions of incentives for energy saving in the state sector and provide local authorities and state enterprises with much-needed market information and training.

Swiss Study Tour
In the framework of the Project the UNECE Sustainable Energy Division organized a three-day Study Tour in Switzerland on November 16-18, 2011 for nine delegates from Belarus responsible for the energy sector, including senior government officials and management of the International Energy Centre. The purpose of the tour was to present energy-efficiency regulations and policies enforced in Switzerland, as well as the best practices and expertise from the Swiss leading private companies and legal entities.  The focus of the tour was on financial schemes promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  Following the tour analysis and evaluation of the best practices on effective energy  efficiency  investments,  ESCOs  and  other  modern  schemes  was conducted and recommendations for their implementation in Belarus were developed.

Stage of Development
The Project was successfully implemented in December 2011

Project Accomplishments

  1. A number of regulatory acts were initiated (on accumulation and reinvestment of budgetary funds gained as a result of energy saving in state sector organizations, the Law on energy saving, and on mechanisms for preferential loans for energy saving  activities).  Proposals  were  developed  for  the  improvement  of  the regulatory framework in the area of facilitating energy efficiency measures and improving fuel and energy consumption norms and tariff policy.
  2. Projects in the state sector in the amount of US$ 15.36 million were successfully implemented.
  3. Business plans and feasibility studies were elaborated under the Project to develop and implement over 10 energy saving projects at industrial enterprises and in the housing/utilities sector.
  4. International Energy Centre was established on October 29, 2010 and became a self-sufficient enterprise focusing on providing consultancy services in energy efficiency to state organizations as well as developing and implementing new energy efficiency techniques by attraction sizeable domestic and foreign investments.  Two projects out of several initiatives of the Centre in the field of disposal of medium-potential heat based on ORC-technology brought investment agreements  worth  at  least  USD  50  million.    Estimated  future  annual impact of implementing  initial  activities  of  IEC  include  saving  about  135  t  of  fuel equivalent and reducing emissions by 215 t of CO2 equivalent.
  5. Energy saving measures were monitored by the project experts from four state- owned enterprises. The findings of monitoring and overview of the best international practices helped to prepare a general business methodology with detailed description of the project investment cycles and financing schemes in developing and implementing self-sufficient projects enhancing energy efficiency in the public sector.
  6. Training materials and guidelines for most efficient financial schemes and typical design cycle for the main categories of energy efficiency projects were developed.
  7. About 70 reports were issued in the framework of the Project; their respective findings were reflected in 9 unique analytical papers prepared for the Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus.  These reports offer clear recommendations for removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector of Belarus.
  8. The  following  publications  were  issued  in  the  framework  of  the  Project:  a brochure “Seven options of financing energy efficiency projects for state-owned enterprises: strengths and weaknesses” (1.000 copies), a leaflet “How to save 1000 kWh per year? Simple tips for thrifty family” (30.000 copies) and the third edition of a brochure “Energy efficiency improvements and use of renewable sources of energy in the Republic of Belarus” (500 copies).
  9. 12 conferences, seminars, workshops and contests for local specialists were organized with Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus Energy Efficiency Department of the State Standardization Committee of the Republic of Belarus covering a whole range of issues,  including  facilitation  of  energy  efficiency  improvements  at  the  state- owned enterprises, energy audit and energy management, financing options for energy efficiency measures etc. The Project greatly contributed to organizing the Fourth and the Fifth Republican Contests of School Projects on Energy Saving “Energy Marathon”.

 

Adam Sek
Tel:  +41 (0)22 917 2687
E-mail: Adam.Sek@unece.org 

Yana Trofimova
Tel:  +41 (0)22 917 1409
E-mail: Yana.Trofimova@unece.org