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The implementation of the EU-funded project called “Access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak” began in March 2015. The aim of the project is to support the Spitak and Vayk municipalities develop and test replicable models to save energy through the use of efficient measures and renewable sources in residential and public buildings. These models will be incorporated into their sustainable energy action plans required under the Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is a European cooperation movement involving local and regional authorities. Signatories voluntarily commit to increasing energy efficiency and using of renewable energy sources on their territories.
A knowledge-sharing forum in the framework of the project was organised on 17 May by Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation in cooperation with the Spitak municipality. The forum was also part of the Europe Day Information Week organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia. http://www.europeday.am/
Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, together with Katie Leach, the Ambassador of the Great Britain to Armenia, and Hayk Harutyunyan, Armenian Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, participated in the forum. The forum was attended by over 100 participants, including the tenants of 27 multi-apartment residential buildings in Spitak, representatives from the Spitak municipality and the Covenant of Mayors, and project staff.
11262134_845585162162081_7120359772148454601_nIssues concerning energy efficiency in multi-apartment buildings and the importance of renewable energy were discussed during the forum. Presentations included topics such as energy efficiency and energy-saving good practices and behaviours, as well as suggestions and tips for low-cost energy-efficiency measures. Participants had the opportunity to share different issues regarding energy efficiency in their apartments.
Ambassador Hristea made a speech which stressed the importance of energy efficiency: ‘This project is an example, a demonstration of what possibilities there are and the potential of increased energy efficiency to benefit citizens. This project is meant to provide you with the possibility to make energy savings, which can be achieved by different options. The forum is a good opportunity to discuss all the issues that you might have’.
Deputy Minister Harutyunyan discussed the opportunities the project will offer to citizens: 11227036_845584948828769_9191768129053863264_n‘We want you to have energy to live a better life. This project is very praiseworthy when balanced against increasing energy prices. We are striving to import less energy and the only way to it is the development of renewable energy. However, first of all, we all should focus on energy efficiency as it is 4-5 times more affordable to save energy than to produce it. You will feel the positive impact on this project in your pockets. We hope Spitak and Vayk will become good models for other towns and cities in Armenia’.

The Habitat for Humanity Armenia, in partnership with the Vayk and Spitak municipalities, began on 12 March 2015 the implementation of the EU-funded project called “Access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak”.
The aim of the project is to support the Spitak and Vayk municipalities by developing and testing replicable models to save energy through the use of efficient measures and renewable sources in residential and public buildings; these models will be incorporated into their sustainable energy action plans required under the Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is a European cooperation movement involving local and regional authorities. Signatories voluntarily commit to increasing energy efficiency and using of renewable energy sources on their territories. Yerevan joined the Covenant of Mayors in 2014.
H.E. Ambassador Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, spoke about the Covenant of Mayors before moving on to the project: ‘This project has interesting characteristics and a confident approach; it uses various tools, from energy efficiency to renewable and complimentary sources of energy. It targets various members of the community to achieve results and objectives in the most attractive way. I am confident that, with the European Union’s support provided to the communities of Vayk and Spitak, this demonstration project will be a great opportunity for other municipalities and other cities to pave the way for sustainable development in energy action planning and the consequent implementation and promotion of energy efficiency and environmental development across all of Armenia’.
ARS_3304Hayk Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, also spoke at the opening ceremony of the project: ‘We are very happy that Vayk and Spitak also signed the Covenant of Mayors, and we hope that other cities will also join them. One day, all the cities will sign the Covenant. This project is very important for Armenian economic competitiveness and sustainable development. We have many state programmes and strategies for economic development, but, without this kind of municipal project, we will not be able to realise them’.
Energy-saving and -efficiency measures will be implemented within the framework of the project, such as upgrades and new insulation of roofs, doors, windows and building envelopes in 45 residential buildings – 27 in Spitak and 18 in Vayk and the Vayk House of Culture. 145 photovoltaic solar panels will be installed to address lighting system upgrades for the entrances, staircases and courtyards of selected residential buildings.
The total budget of the project called “Access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak” is € 1,700,000. The EU’s contribution is € 1,350,000.