UNDP-sponsored Study on green technologies, discussed at roundtable in Chisinau
Moldova must promote ecological education, raise public awareness on environmental issues, and offer fiscal and financial benefits for using green technologies, which increase energy efficiency and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign energy sources. This is the conclusion of a study on financial instruments to promote green technologies, presented in Chisinau on 29 July, at a round table organized by the Ministry of Environment in Partnership with the UNDP/GEF Project on the Environmental Fiscal Reform.
The study entitled: ”Market analysis of financial instruments to facilitate green technologies in Moldova” aims to radiograph the current situation of the use of eco-technologies, and formulate proposals to change energy consumption practices in the residential housing, transport, industry and agriculture sectors, and raise public awareness of the benefits of using green technologies.
Study recommendations include:
- Promoting scientific research in green technologies;
- Training public servants to ensure energy efficiency of public institutions;
- Conducting information and awareness raising campaigns on the use of eco-technologies and renewable energy sources;
- Promoting the use of eco-technologies in the household;
- Subsidizing the use of equipment and transport units and production with low fuel consumption.
„Eco-technology, or, simply put, the green economy, is the best vehicle for innovation today, and development research is a very important aspect of this field. Moldova has great potential for use of renewable energy and green technology solutions. Fiscal incentives for using renewable energy sources and increasing the budget for environmental protection can help our country address global environmental challenges and ensure Moldova’s sustainable development”, said Dorin Dușciac, vice-minister of Environment, at the roundtable.
Roundtable participants were introduced to the practical aspects of the implementation of fiscal and financial instruments encouraging the use of green technologies, presented in the study. The authors’ recommendations will serve as basis for sector policies promoting energy efficiency and environmental protection. Also, training programs for public officials will be developed to promote a wide use of green technologies in public institutions and buildings.
According to EFR Project Manager Mihai Roşcovan, the round table is the first in several events organized in preparation of the environmental fiscal reform. „The project will help organize other events and the launch of other knowledge products such as the study of organic agriculture, the study on the system of pollution charges/taxes, and the reform of fees for the use of natural resources," said Mr. Roşcovan. "We will also discuss the proposed reorganization of the National Environmental Fund. The project supports the establishment of an appropriate institutional framework for the environmental fiscal reform - involving all branches of power: the presidency, the central and local government, academia, civil society as well as the business community. We expect everyone’s feedback and involvement in the process.”
The study "Market analysis of financial instruments to facilitate green technologies in Moldova" was undertaken within the Environmental Fiscal Reform Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Moldova with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project aims to strengthen government capacities to implement the environmental fiscal reform, which will produce environmental benefit at a national and global level through the adoption of subsidies, fees, fines, taxes and other appropriate fiscal instruments. The full text of the Study is available here.
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