To reduce the environmental impact of excessive energy use and to promote a switch to cleaner energy in public sector, the Government of Sweden is allocating €4 million for the continuation of the Green Economic Development project.
“The Government of Sweden is eager to support Bosnia and Herzegovina to reduce carbon emissions by helping governments at all levels to embrace energy efficiency as it has economic, social and ecological benefits to its citizens. Steps that the authorities undertake today will impact the country’s carbon emissions for the next decades,” said Marie Bergström, Head of Swedish Development Cooperation.
The three-year project, to be implemented by the United Nations Development Program, will impact the high energy consumption by improving energy efficiency and stimulating renewable energy use in public buildings across the country.
“Green economy and sustainable development are key pillars of Agenda 2030. By promoting renewable energy sources and enhancing energy efficiency of public buildings in BiH we are reducing not only carbon emissions which cause climate change but also air pollution, which causes severe health problems,” said Sezin Sinanoglu, UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia.
Energy savings on public buildings will be achieved by installing thermal insulation, new joinery, biomass boilers, high-efficient pumps, thermostatic valves and solar panels. To minimize street public lighting costs, LED lighting will be installed which can reduce monthly utility bills by up to 60 percent.
The project also intends to help marginalized families living in rural areas without access to electricity by installing hybrid photovoltaic and solar thermal systems in 24 households which will secure electricity and hot water.