With EU assistance, the community of Cornesti in Moldova has replaced its kindergarten’s obsolete heating system with a modern and ecological one. Now, the children at the kindergarten are playing in well-heated rooms and no longer inhaling the fumes of the previous coal heating system, while the teachers are also benefiting from improved working conditions.
“It is warmer at the kindergarten than at home. My child is not wearing thick clothes anymore. He does not inhale smoke, and the clothes do not smell like charcoal,” says parent Maria Bodrug.
The kindergarten in Cornesti is one of the eight public institutions from Ungheni district in Moldova which has been connected to biomass heating systems with the support of the EU’s Energy and Biomass Project. The institution has access to hot water produced by solar energy. “Thanks to the new heating system and solar panels, we benefit from higher comfort. Also, it is gratifying that the money used to buy the biomass stays in the local budget and is not sent away as in the case of gas and coal procurements,” says the Mayor of Cornesti, Vera Buga.
The new “green” heating system heats around 900 square metres of the kindergarten, which is attended by 90 children. The kindergarten in Cornesti town is one of 207 public institutions connected to biomass heating systems with the support of the European Union, within the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project.
The EU-funded and UNDP-implemented Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova 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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