European Union supports the development of the energy sector in the Republic of Moldova

Dec 8, 2016

Energy and Biomass Project presented to the European Parliament

Energy and Biomass Project was presented to the European Parliament

The Energy and Biomass Project was presented to the European Parliament on 6 December 2016. Three countries members of the Eastern Partnership – Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia – were invited to share the impact of the EU investments in the development of these countries to the Members of the European Parliament.

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 – of a project in rural development & agriculture. The event, initiated by the European People’s Party Group, started with a welcome speech by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

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 at the European Parliament was Carpineni village, which is one of the beneficiaries of the Energy and Biomass Project. There, in 2012 the kindergarten and the school were connected to biomass heating systems with the European financial support and in a couple of years other four public institutions – village hall, culture facility, another school and the healthcare facility – followed suit and 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, the 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 were 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.

Contact information

Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, communication and media officer, Energy and Biomass Project, Tel: (+373 69)141006, ina.zglavuta@undp.org

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