YEREVAN.- On 7 November, Armenia hosted a high-level conference on unlocking the energy efficiency potential of Armenia’s residential and public buildings sector.
Organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia in cooperation with the EU4Energy programme, the event aimed to generate a high-level dialogue on energy efficiency with ministries, donors, international financial institutions, representatives of the private and public sectors and technical experts from NGOs and academia.
According to the EU press release, energy efficiency has been on the Armenian government’s list of priorities. The 2nd National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), adopted by the country in February 2017, targets a reduction in Armenia’s baseline energy consumption by 20% (from 2010-2012 levels).
63% of energy efficiency improvement measures in the NEEAP contributing to this target are for residential and public buildings. This will bring down the baseline energy consumption in the sector by 30%.
The conference participants discussed the challenges that are hampering the achievement of this impressive target.
The event was organised in close cooperation with the Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources and was attended by high-ranking officials including Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East, Directorate-General of Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, and Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.
The participants agreed on the key challenges that Armenia is facing in unlocking the larger market potential for energy efficiency investments. More information on the event and the results and conclusions of the discussions can be found here.