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On 13 April the “EU4Civil Society: Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities” project was officially launched. The Armenian National Social Housing Association (ASBA), together with partners from Holland, Germany, and Czech Republic, will implement the project to address energy poverty in rural communities by increasing awareness, improving energy use. The two-year project has a total budget of €372,231, of which EU contribution is €335,000.
Energy poverty is a growing problem in Armenia, especially in rural areas. A recent study done by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe suggests that at least 30% of the Armenian population can be considered energy poor, i.e. they have to spend more than 50% of total family income on energy and heating. Local civic groups and organisations lack the knowledge and resources to support communities address energy poverty. Therefore, this project will build the capacities of regional NGOs and media from five Armenian marzes to work with urban and rural communities to improve energy efficiency in each location. Local civil society organisations and community groups will increase awareness among their populations on energy-efficiency methods and practices, mobilise community resources, and engage in effective partnership with local municipalities and private companies to improve energy efficiency.
The Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Gregory Tsouris, and the Armenia’s First Deputy Minister Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, Vache Terteryan participated in the launch event and held opening speeches.

ARS_6431Tsouris highlighted the steps Armenia was taking to improve energy efficiency: ’Energy efficiency is one of the priorities of cooperation between the European Union and Armenia. Energy efficiency has a place in the recently signed EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA), underpinned and strengthened by various initiatives. This project will play an important role in improving the situation, as energy poverty is a growing problem. This project will have a concrete impact on communities and families in the Armenian regions. The small grants component of the project will fund community-led energy-efficiency steps that will reduce the energy bills of local families’.

ARS_6365First Deputy Minister Terteryan presented the current situation: ’The goal of political, economic and social reforms in Armenia is to improve citizens’ living and social conditions. In order to solve Armenia’s energy deficit, it is important that every citizen, family, and community clearly imagines and can bring about an energy-efficient life and culture. From this point of view, ASBA and its partner organisations’ new initiative is welcome. I am sure that the successful experience of the project will also be extended beyond the five target areas to other communities in Armenia’.