Energy and Biomass (Phase 2)

Status: Active
Duration: 2015 - 2017
Budget: 11,264,370 USD
Coverage: Nation wide
Beneficiaries: Local public authorities, entrepreneurs, managers of public institutions, schools and kindergartens staff and students, medical staff, VET students, general public
Focus Area: Climate Change, Environment & Energy
Project Manager: Tatiana Craciun, tatiana.craciun@undp.org
Partners: Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, Energy Efficiency Agency, Energy Efficiency Fund, Regional Development Agencies, Agricultural Producers, Associations, Academia, Local Public Authorities, Civil Society, Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, Donor Organizations
Project Document: Energy and Biomass (Phase 2)

Project Summary:

The EU funded Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, implemented by UNDP, aims to contribute to a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy production in the Republic of Moldova from biomass sources, the most readily available renewable energy source in the country. The project will increase the use of energy from biomass sources, thus contributing to both, a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy production and local development. The target communities will produce their own energy, which will result in the creation of new businesses and jobs, and not least, in a better protection of our environment for future generations.

The first phase of the Project, funded by the European Union, co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme , was successfully implemented during 2011-2014. However, in the context of a clearly identified need to further support the consolidation of the emerging biomass market in the country, the European Union allocated additional 9.46 million EUR funding to the project. As of January 2015 the project entered into its second phase with an extension timeframe until November 2017.

Objectives:

  • Improve heating comfort levels in public buildings in rural communities and small towns by using readily available biomass energy produced in Moldova;
  • Leverage the successful activities and extend them to so far not covered or underrepresented regions, specifically Transnistria region, Gagauzia and Taraclia;
  • Support further consolidation of the biomass market in the country based on the experience and lessons learned in the first phase;
  • Raise national capacity in the bioenergy sector, ensuring sustainability and further replication;
  • Increase awareness and acceptance, promote the benefits of biomass based energy and ensure the visibility of project results.

Expected results:

  • 60 modern biomass boiler plants installed in in villages and small towns public buildings;
  • In 45 sites biomass heating systems will be complemented with solar hot water systems (kindergartens, medical facilities, other social institutions);
  • 300 locally produced/assembled biomass boilers;
  • 250 households and 50 small businesses supported to procure and install biomass boilers under preferential conditions;
  • 9 new Public Private Partnerships for heat supply service created throughout the country;
  • Piloting the use of biomass for heating with Agricultural Colleges and Professional Schools, 2 institutions will be selected;
  • Piloting Inter-municipal Cooperation (IMC) for biofuel production within currently existing models of IMC;
  • Co-finance the creation of the first Biofuel Quality Assurance Center;
  • Local public authorities, civil servants and teachers know how to use and to multiply eco-technologies; learned how to operate the biomass-based heating system; and agricultural entrepreneurs know how to transform the wastes into an economic product;
  • VET programme on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency piloted in one or several technical schools to meet the requirements of emerging bioenergy market;
  • One Boiler Operators Training Centre supported;
  • School Education Initiative extended in the beneficiary communities;
  • Capacity development opportunities for women entrepreneurs provided;
  • 3 joint Summer Camps with participation of children from the right and left banks;
  • The general public, central and local public authorities, and the private sector, are well informed about the opportunities and benefits of renewable energy in general and biomass energy specifically for Moldova.

Accomplishments:

  • 40 biomass heating systems and 20 solar hot water systems installed in public institutions;
  • More than 102,334 people benefit from enhanced green heating comfort;
  • 48 new green jobs created;
  • 523 private household and small businesses heat their premises with green energy thanks to the subsidy programme launched by the Energy and Biomass Project;
  • 30 local companies assemble or manufacture biomass boilers and offer them to the customers;
  • First testing laboratory for physical and chemical parameters of biofuels received accreditation;
  • Public Private Partnership for the provision of the bioenergy services launched in 2 districts (Ungheni & Nisporeni);
  • 3,578 project beneficiaries, including 2,741 women, trained (local public authorities, mayors, managers of institutions, operators, entrepreneurs);
  • First training center for biomass boiler operators opened;
  • Biomass Boilers Operators & Foresters specialized in energy plants: new course launched in 3 vocational schools;
  • 104 schools became part of the educational initiative on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency;
  • 5,000 students have better knowledge about the renewables and energy efficiency;
  • 166 children participated at the ENERGEL Summer School (including from Transnistria);
  • www.piata-biomasa.md:  web platform to connect biomass energy producers and consumers launched;
  • The general public, central and local public authorities, and the private sector, are well informed about the opportunities and benefits of renewable energy in general and biomass energy specifically for Moldova.
Years Budget Delivery
European Union
2015 2,364,667 USD 2,361,664 USD
2016 3,692,299 USD 3,251,742 USD
2017 3,747,200 USD  

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