Stop energy losses: Enguri Hydropower Plant undergoes rehabilitation with EU support

Stop energy losses: Enguri Hydropower Plant undergoes rehabilitation with EU support

16 November 2018
Georgia’s Enguri Hydropower Plant is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the South Caucasus. Experts assess that Georgia uses 11,9 billion kWh of energy a year. Established in the 1970s, the Enguri Hydropower Plant, together with the nearby Vardnili plant, produces up to 4 billion kWh of…
Transparent energy: Why do Moldova and Ukraine want to integrate their electricity markets?

Transparent energy: Why do Moldova and Ukraine want to integrate their electricity markets?

24 October 2018
Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova intend to create a single, integrated energy market. This will allow electricity to be bought and sold by all companies in the region according to the same rules, increase competition and transparency, and benefit consumers through competitive prices. Currently,…
Azerbaijan is developing its Energy Strategy and Law on Energy efficiency: but what do they mean for the country?

Azerbaijan is developing its Energy Strategy and Law on Energy efficiency: but what do they mean for the country?

23 October 2018
Azerbaijan, whose oil and gas sector is the backbone of the country's economy, has set a target to improve the efficiency with which it uses its energy resources. Lately, the notion that a rational use of natural resources is the key to stable economic development has gained in popularity, and the…
How green energy illuminates the Belarusian city of Polack

How green energy illuminates the Belarusian city of Polack

10 October 2018
What do the Belarusian city of Polack and the French city of Lyon have in common? And how are local residents changing their regions in Belarus? Read on to find out. The European Union and Belarus are currently implementing four joint energy projects, with a total budget of over €3 million. With…
Eco-friendly and affordable: Armenia starts to use synthesis gas

Eco-friendly and affordable energy: Armenia starts to use synthesis gas

17 September 2018
Heating is an important problem in Armenia, as it does not have natural gas and oil reserves. Although the South Caucasian country produces nuclear energy, the main source of the energy used to heat the country is natural gas, despite the fact that it is neither affordable nor environmentally…
The tailwind: How Belarus is developing wind energy

The tailwind: How Belarus is developing wind energy

10 July 2018
In this article, we look at wind energy in Belarus and how the European Union is currently helping the country in this area. The European Union is one of the world’s leaders in the area of wind energy production. Based on forecasts by the European Wind Energy Association, by 2020, energy produced…
How E5P incentivises root and branch reform in the Eastern Partner countries

How E5P incentivises root and branch energy reform in the Eastern Partner countries

06 July 2018
New municipal bus fleets, residential energy efficiencies and district heating reforms are just some of the improvements that have been achieved thanks to the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P). Issuing grants to make such projects possible has helped to put in place…
Ukraine: to save biodiversity

Ukraine: to save biodiversity

05 June 2018
Why does Ukraine need to introduce the EU Birds and Habitats Directives and how will this change the environmental protection system in the country?
How Georgia is changing its approach to waste disposal with EU support

How Georgia is changing its approach to waste disposal with EU support

04 June 2018
Waste disposal and the new Kutaisi sanitary landfill Around 900,000 tons of waste is generated annually in Georgia and more than 75% of it is estimated to end up in landfill sites. Landfill disposal is the least desirable way of handling waste, and even less desirable if the landfill is poorly…
The Forest Code and poplar plantations. How Moldova was preparing for the forest sector reforms

The Forest Code and poplar plantations. How Moldova was preparing for the forest sector reforms

31 May 2018
According to experts, for about 20 years, Moldovan forestry was one of the most “closed” sectors of the country's economy. So much so, it is hard even for the sector's specialists to assess the scope of illegal logging and not always transparent privatisation of forests.