European Union supports the development of the energy sector in the Republic of MoldovaDec 8, 2016
Moldova Energy and Biomass Project was showcased during an event organized by the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament on 6 December 2016 which aimed to present success stories from three countries of the Eastern Partnership – Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, had an opening speech highlighting the impact of EU investments and contribution to achieving the national development priorities in these three countries.
Republic of Moldova was represented by the EU-funded Energy and Biomass Project, implemented by the UNDP. Ukraine presented the impact of an anticorruption project, while Georgia – a project in rural development and agriculture.
The results of the Energy and Biomass Project were presented by Alexandre Darras, Attaché-Project Manager in the energy sector at the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova.
The Energy and Biomass Project II is a continuation of the first project phase that started in 2011. With the financial support of the European Union, the project connected more than 190 schools, kindergartens, community facilities and hospitals to biomass heating systems, providing access to reliable energy produced in Moldova to about 140,000 people.
The success story chosen to represent the Republic of Moldova in the European Parliament was that of Carpineni village, one of the beneficiaries of the Energy and Biomass Project. In Carpineni, in 2012 the kindergarten and the school were connected to biomass heating systems with the EU financial support while later on, other four public institutions – village hall, culture facility, a school and a healthcare centre - switched to biomass heating. “We used coal and improvised stoves to heat these institutions. Often, because of the smoke, we had to suspend classes to ventilate the rooms. We did not heat the corridors and the children often got acute respiratory infections. Due to the new biomass heating system, we heat all the rooms and our children no longer have to inhale coal smoke. Moreover, the money that are paid for pellets stay in the country. Every year, about 300 thousand MDL go to the local producers of pellets”, said Ion Carpineanu, mayor of the Carpineni village, Hancesti district, who took part in the event.
The Energy and Biomass Project laid the foundation for the development of the renewable energy industry, which was almost missing five years ago in the Republic of Moldova. The increasing demand from institutions for green energy has led to an increase in the number of briquette and pellet producers, reaching 100. Thirty of them started with the support of attractive EU-funded leasing mechanisms developed by the Energy and Biomass Project. Today 1,000 families use green heating due to the subsidies up to 1 300 EUR they received from the project.
The project experts delivered training to more than 5,000 beneficiaries - mayors, managers of public institutions, agricultural entrepreneurs, operators of biomass boilers, biofuel producers, and 372 schools joined the educational initiative aimed to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, which involved 21,000 students.
The 2011-2017 Energy and Biomass Project is a two-phase project with the mission 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. The Energy and Biomass Project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.
Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, communication and media officer, Energy and Biomass Project, Tel: (+373 69)141006, firstname.lastname@example.org