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26. February 2013.

Promotion of a 580,000 BAM worth energy efficiency project

Brand New Outlook for the Bihać Cultural Centre

The Energy Efficiency Project worth 580,000 BAM was officially promoted in Bihać today. For the first time in the past 15 years, normal operations of the Cultural Centre, AVNOJ Museum, School of Arts and Una-Sana Canton Cultural Heritage Protection Institute during the wintertime will be provided for.

The dilapidated woodworks were replaced, thermal insulation set and the new biomass boiler was installed as the part of this project. This will provide for a reduction in heating costs for up to 70% with a parallel reduction of the greenhouse gasses emission for almost 40%. In addition, the EMIS information system was introduced. This system will enable the remote monitoring and control of energy consumption. It is also expected that these new circumstances will encourage local pellet producers (biomass used as an environmentally acceptable fuel) to expand their production.


The project was jointly implemented by UN Environment and Climate Change Programme (jointly implemented by UNDP, UNV, UNEP, FAO and UNESCO, funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Spain), USAID Energy Efficiency Economy (3E) project, Government of Una-Sana  Canton and Bihać Municipality.


“The pilot project demonstrated extreme possibilities for savings in both energy and money that can be redirected to the areas of greatest needs. Una-Sana Canton and Bihać Municipality are thus setting the example in terms of advanced use of resources and environment protection. The UN Environment and Climate Change Programme has, so far, assisted in the adoption of 37 Local Envrionmental Action Plans (LEAPs), 5 Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). This programme is, throughout BiH implementing 32 projects worth 3.2 million USD“, said Zahira Varani, UNDP zamjenica rezidentnog koordinatora u BiH.


“Bihać was the only town in Bosnia and Herzegovina that  had projects funded from all four programmes of the Millennium Development Goals Fund awarded to Bosnia and  Herzegovina: cultural projects were implemented, a water supply network from Kulen Vakuf to Martin Brod was reconstructed, CISO centre providing assistance for the unemployed youth was opened. The project we are opening today is a fine example of a smart use of resources and the creation of synergies between environment protection and economic development”, stated H.E. Maria Aurora Mejia Errasquin, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to BiH.


“The project will provide heating for three public facilities. The newly installed boilers are using a renewable source of energy – the biomass pellets as a fuel. The use of pellets reduces the emissions of CO2 and it also supports local economy – providing for the opening of jobs, since these pellets are produced by local companies. In order to reduce loses with regard to heating and to improve the comfort of the Cultural Centre, the building was thermally insulated and its windows replaced. The environment needs to be protected for future generations and in the future we have to invest into renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency,” – said Mak Kamenica, Deputy Director of the USAID 3E Project.


UN programme Environment and Climate Change is a USD 5.5 million program supported through the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund and funded by the Government of Kingdom of Spain. The Programme is jointly implemented by United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Volunteers (UNDP/UNV), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations,  the BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs, the RS Ministry of Civil Engineering and Ecology, the RS Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water-Management, the FBiH Ministry of Ecology and Tourism, the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture, Water-Management and Forestry, the participating municipalities and civil society organizations.

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