Energy Efficiency Technology Boost for Belarus

ENERGY efficiency equipment worth €4 million will be delivered to Belarus, the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, Maira Mora revealed to BelTA yesterday.

The equipment will be supplied under the EU’s project “Support in the field of norms and standards related to energy efficiency of consumer goods and industrial products”, and will be delivered to central and regional laboratories of the State Committee for Standardization of Belarus, to upgrade the national energy efficiency testing base.

Experts will provide assistance in such areas as strengthening the status of the national testing laboratory network, implementation of a modernization program, upgrading of Belarus’ testing capacity. To get familiar with EU practices, on-the-job training sessions will be organized in the European leading institutes as well as training workshops. Energy efficiency awareness campaigns are also planned.

“Energy policy, energy efficiency, environmental protection and related issues have long expanded beyond the national borders and turned global. The EU has gained rich experience in the field, and we hail the intention of our neighbors, and Belarus in particular, to study and implement the relevant international and European regulatory, technical and administrative mechanisms,” Mora said.

Among the objectives of the project is fostering strengthened participation of local and central authorities, private sector and civil society in addressing energy saving issues. The project will contribute to the implementation of the Belarus national energy saving program for 2011-2015.

“Implementation of energy saving projects envisages huge investment, and it is well worth the effort as all the expenditure pays back,” Mora stressed.

Once all EU energy efficiency requirements are fulfilled, the potential energy saving level can reach 1,700 GWh per year (equivalent to €130 million). Experts believe that implementation of energy saving technologies in energy consumption control systems at companies will promote considerable economic effects.

Picture of Minsk by Mikkalai - Copyright free.

Wednesday 16th October 2013

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