EU4Energy: Pioneer project in Armenia to make kindergartens energy efficient and resilient to earthquakes

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

Almost 150 kindergartens in Armenia will benefit from a €5 million grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), to which the European Union is the largest contributor. The project is implemented jointly by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Municipality of Yerevan, the Green Climate Fund and the United Nations Development Programme. The grant represents additional support to the EIB’s loan of €7 million, signed in 2017.

29 kindergartens will be fully renovated, while 118 will benefit from a partial renovation involving energy efficiency measures. This will create a much safer and more comfortable environment for approximately 34,500 people, including pupils, teachers and staff members. This will contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce Yerevan’s municipal expenditure on energy services by around €1.1 million.

Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Piotr Switalski stated: “The EU has been and will continue supporting energy efficiency measures in Armenia, including for the 21 signatory municipalities of the Covenant of Mayors and more than 6,000 households which have benefited from EU-funded projects. The EU believes that with a successful large-scale pilot like the one proposed, other cities/actors will be willing to invest as well.”

Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan noted: “The project will be a pioneer in Armenia: as it contains energy efficiency and seismic resilience components. I would like to emphasise that all of the projects which are underway will have a very positive impact and are aimed at improving the well-being of the residents of the capital, and I hope that similar projects will continue.”

The signature of the grant agreement was organised under the EU4Energy initiative and in the context of EU Sustainable Energy Week, which is the biggest energy efficiency event in Europe, aimed at encouraging citizens and stakeholders to discover and debate the major issues driving the transition to sustainable energy.

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