Moldova: Carpineni village switches to green energy thanks to EU support

photo: Ion Carpineanu, mayor of Carpineni village
photo: Ion Carpineanu, mayor of Carpineni village

Children at the Carpineni village school in the Republic of Moldova are kept warm during the winter months thanks to the use of renewable energy. The kindergarten switched from natural gas and coal to biomass energy in 2012, thanks to the EU-funded and UNDP-implemented Moldova Energy and Biomass Project.

For more than six years, the school has been heated with green energy produced locally thanks to EU assistance. This not only helps the school to save money on bills, but also to be more environmentally friendly.

“The children are not freezing anymore in winter and do not inhale smoke and toxins from the coal. The school is using the sustainable energy, locally produced in our country”, underlined Ion Carpineanu, the mayor of Carpineni. Since 2012, four more public buildings in Carpineni have followed the school’s example and switched to green energy.

The Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova, funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is part of the EU4Energy Initiative and aims to contribute to the reliable, competitive and sustainable production of energy from biomass, which is the most viable and available source of renewable energy in the Republic of Moldova.

EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.

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