Yerevan Energy Efficiency Program Enabled Reconstruction and Reopening of 47 preschools
Yerevan preschool N47 was built in 1975. Within the frames of Yerevan Energy Efficiency Program the preschool has been completely reconstructed and renovated. Throughout its existence the kindergarten was partially renovated but never overhauled, therefore the building was facing serious problems.
Yerevan Mayor’s First Deputy Levon Hovhanisyan, Deputy Tigran Avinyan, the EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin, the head of territorial representation of the European Investment Bank in South Caucasus Maciej Czura, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Armenia Patrick Swenson, the UNDP Resident Representative Natia Natsvlishvili, representatives of the Municipality, members of the Council of Elders were present at the opening ceremony.
According to Levon Hovhannisyan, energy efficiency actions will make kindergartens more comfortable and safer. The first stage of the program involves renovation of 12 preschools and reconstruction of 3 ones taking into account the seismic condition of buildings. This preschool is the third one renovated within the frames of this program. Generally, the program involves 15 kindergartens.
Tigran Avinyan stated that the most important aspect is the content children get at preschools, however the environment is of no less importance. There are new preschools that are being renovated within the municipal building improvement programs. Besides, there are several construction programs, particularly, in Tsarav Aghbyur quarter. The EU Ambassador to Armenia outlined the main directions of their cooperation which are climate change, energy efficiency and education. The EU attaches particular importance to creation of energy efficient, safe environment for children and appreciates it partnership with Team Europe the main goal of which is improvement of life quality benefitting to economy and society.
Total cost of the project is 15 million euro. It is implemented by the loan allotted by the European Investment Bank and the grants allotted by E5P the main donor of which is the European Union. Yerevan Energy Efficiency Program is financed from the community budget as well. A separate grant was allotted by the UNDP Green Climate Fund. The taxes are co-financed from the RA state budget.
The head of EIB South Caucasus representation Maciej Czura noted that having a safe and green building which involves using renewable energy will make it possible to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to increase sustainability and vitality. It is a good model of effective collaboration.
The UNDP Resident Representative Natia Natsvlishvili added that the climate change is a great challenge. Buildings consume most energy, and due to this program up to 50% energy saving can be provided.
The preschool opens its doors for more than 300 pupils since March. The building is adapted for people with disability. Owing to the program, special activities aimed at energy efficiency will be used in 35 kindergartens as well which will benefit energy saving via reduction of CO2 emissions by 1305 tons annually.
“A new agreement is to be signed according to which 32 preschools and 6 policlinics will be renovated. We carry on putting all efforts and devotion into development of energy efficiency projects in Yerevan”, said Levon Hovhannisyan.
The city authorities intend to solve not only the problem of renovation but that of queuing as well.