Energy Performance Contracts could determine better conditions in public and residential buildings in Chisinau municipality
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4 November 2015

Representatives of several Ministries, Policy Implementation Agencies and of Chisinau City Hall have discussed today the ways of implementing the Energy Performance Contracts in the Republic of Moldova during a Workshop conducted by the Project “ESCO Moldova – Transforming the market for Urban Energy Efficiency by introducing Energy Service Companies”.

Experts of Enviros, a Czech Company, with over 20 years of experience on the energy services market, introduced the European experience relating to the Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs). The list of topics subject to discussion included ”green” urban development and the importance of urban energy planning, setting the minimum requirements for energy performance of buildings, the energy management and the public sector exemplar role in promoting energy efficiency.

The Energy Efficiency Agency Director, Mihail Stratan, has stated at the Workshop opening that ESCO is a prospective way to enhance energy efficiency in Moldova, which employs both public and private funds. ”The Czech experience added value is that it would enable us to learn faster, given the incipient stage we are now, and avoid committing errors during the project implementation”, Mihail Stratan emphasised.

Nicolae Zaharia, Project Manager of ”ESCO Moldova – Transforming the market for Urban Energy Efficiency” underlined that Enviros experts have got a great deal of experience on European markets, including the Eastern markets of Ukraine and Russia. Also, the practical experience and knowledge brought by Enviros Company is worth to be followed, and would generate significant added value for the establishment of a sustainable energy services market in the Republic of Moldova.

The Workshop participants inquired on the ways of issuing and verifying the energy performance certificates for buildings, the minimum requirements and qualification & selection criteria for companies during the public procurement tenders, etc.

“ESCO Moldova” Project aims to reduce the direct emissions of CO2 by at least 68.000 tonnes on the basis of supported EPCs and the indirect emissions of CO2 by at least 240.000 tonnes during the Project impact period. At the same time, Chisinau City Hall would get support to improve the use of energy in the city buildings, especially in the ones belonging to the institutional and residential sectors.

By the end of the Project, it is envisaged to implement 20 energy efficiency projects to be operated on the basis of EPCs. They would contribute to the establishment of better conditions within the residential and institutional buildings of Chisinau Municipality.

“ESCO Moldova – Transforming the market for Urban Energy Efficiency by introducing Energy Service Companies” is a four-year Project (implemented during 2014-2018), with a total budget of USD 1.450.000, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Moldova.

Contact Information

Nicolae Zaharia, Project Manager, UNDP Moldova, phone : (373 22) 901 270, 

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