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The European Union promotes secure, competitive, and sustainable energy in its member states. In 2015, the Framework Strategy for Energy Union was launched as one of the European Commission’s 10 Priorities. The aim of strategy is providing secure, sustainable, competitive, and affordable energy. The EU also supports the energy sector in its neighbourhood.
The EU supports many projects in Armenia to ensure its commitment to sustainable energy development and to boost the country’s potential for renewable energy and energy security. The EU, together with its partners and the Government of Armenia, has long supported a large number of reforms and projects. Their aim is to help Armenian communities to take steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. The cooperation between the EU and Armenia aims to diversify energy resources in the country and make it less dependent on imported energy.
To highlight its strong partnership with Armenia in enhancing energy efficiency and renewable energy, the EU organised #EU4EnergyDays. From 26-29 September series of events were organised to highlight the impact of EU-funded renewable, alternative and sustainable energy programmes that contribute to policy development and best practice exchange in Armenia. All of the events held had different topics and were attended by a wide range of beneficiaries and stakeholders.

Energy efficiency in Armenia
The EU supports renewable energy, energy security and efficiency reforms in Armenia to benefit its citizens. A public discussion on ‘Residential energy efficiency in Armenia’ was the first the EU4Energy Day event. Discussions covered the Armenian government’s approach to residential energy efficiency and saving, and current challenges to residential investment. The event was organised as part of the EU-funded “Access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak” project. This project will implement energy-saving and -efficiency measures, such as upgrades and new insulation in roofs, doors, windows and building envelopes in 45 residential buildings – 27 in Spitak and 19 in Vayk, including 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.
img_0368The EU’s support also extends to businesses. In times of rising energy prices, efficiency is a priority. Energocredit, a programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development funded by the EU and the Austrian Ministry of Finance, helps individuals and businesses to find the right measures to reduce energy consumption and to finance energy efficient investment. An energy-efficiency forum was organised to discuss how to apply, how to benefit from and how to build more a sustainable, competitive economy in Armenia. Energocredit provides loans for companies to invest in efficient equipment in various sectors and industries such as agriculture, construction, production, transport, and many others supporting businesses to cut energy use and costs.
_mg_0444_1The Head of Cooperation section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, attended the forum. He stressed EU support for energy efficiency: ‘Energy efficiency and renewable energy are crucial parts of the EU’s commitment to mitigate global warming. We believe that the Armenian government will launch incentives for energy-efficient investment and the EU will support the government and Armenian citizens to promote efficiency and independent use of alternative energy resources’.

Within the energy week a workshop was organised to review and discuss the current state and development trends of the national energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RES) policy in Armenia. Participants explored lessons learned, as well as the role of innovation in promoting EE/RES, and came up with policy recommendations to promote EU cooperation in this field. This event brought together research and industry representatives motivated to explore possible cooperation on innovation and technology transfer in EE/RES through the EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme.

Workshops and seminars on energy efficiency and alternative energy

A series of workshops and lectures were held in Yerevan to on how to use energy efficiently, and alternative energy and heating sources in Armenia.
img_9413American University in Armenia held a three-day workshop on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with Professor Peter Gevorkian, a leading expert in solar power generation and author of several technical books on the subject. The workshop was aimed at providing the technological know-how to build Armenia’s solar power-generation capacity, solar PV system design and construction, risk management, and economic assessment.
One more event, ‘Green talks’, focused on the benefits of PV panels and alternative energy. Two field experts gave presentations on how to produce solar energy efficiently. However, alternative energy comes not only from the PV panels. Another seminar, ‘How to save energy: farmers and producers’, investigated how biomass could be useful for rural communities in Armenia and how farmers could benefit.
img_1555Interested parties from Europe and Armenia gathered in Ashtarak to discuss how energy cooperatives could work in Armenia. The aim was to develop alternative, gender-sensitive, and feasible business models for renewable energy and energy efficiency, both technically and with regard to current legal and economic conditions.
This EU4Energy four-day initiative featured panel discussions to raise awareness on residential energy efficiency, to communicate the achievements of and prospects for municipal energy savings, to have in-depth discussions on energy-efficiency policies and financing opportunities for the business sector, and to hold energy talks with schoolchildren.