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More sunlight and more heat at lower cost– GEF Sustainable Energy project


     The “Sunflower” kindergarten in the Skopje settlement of Gazi Baba looks empty and odd without children’s shouts and laugh, but it’s only temporary. The Municipality of Gazi Baba, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and the World Bank, is replacing windows and insulating the walls in the institution, thus making it warmer and more comfortable for the children.


Mayor Toni Trajkovski, Minister Valjon Saracini, Peter Johansen, TTL, and World Bank CM Lilia Burunciuc at “Sunflower” kindergarten

The visit of the project team to FYR Macedonia was the occasion for the tour of the facility by the Minister of Economy Valjon Saracini, the World Bank Country Manager Lilia Burunciuc, Mayor of Gazi Baba Toni Trajkovski, and the project team leader Peter Johansen.

“Today, the country’s 170 kindergartens consume energy for about 4 million euro annually.  Up to 50 percent of this energy could be saved through energy efficiency measures. Similar savings are available in other public buildings such as schools and hospitals – said Lilia Burunciuc in her address to the media –

     “This is the reason why the World Bank and the Ministry of Economy have embarked on a Program toimplement energy efficiency measures in schools and kindergartens around Macedonia financed through a grant from the Global Environment Fund.”

     The “Sunflower” kindergarten is part of the first phase of the program supported by a GEF Sustainable Energy project, which supports energy efficiency improvements in selected kindergartens and schools in six Macedonian municipalities. Typical measures include thermal insulation of walls and roof, and replacement of windows and heating systems with new and efficient ones. It is assessed that the energy efficiency measures supported by the project in these six municipalities alone may save around EUR140.000 each year – funds that would otherwise have to come from the scarce municipal budgets.

     The effects of energy efficiency measures go beyond saving on energy costs: they are small but important steps in addressing the climate change and also have a positive impact on the learning environment for children.


“Sunflower” and many other kindergartens will get new windows

     This is only the beginning. In 2012, the Ministry of Economy and the World Bank will start the second round of energy efficiency improvements across the country, expected to include around 24 kindergartens and schools in other municipalities in FYR Macedonia.

“The Government is aware of the effects of these type of activities” – said Minister of Economy Saracini – “we are taking necessary steps to implement a nation-wide program for energy efficiency that would include all public buildings in the country.”

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