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Municipal and infrastructure energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is a theme common to virtually all of our projects in the municipal and environmental infrastructure sector, where we have helped water, wastewater, district heating and urban transport clients to achieve significant savings.

Examples include the overhaul of district heating systems in western Siberia and Ukraine, replacing inefficient energy sources with biomass from forestry waste, and the upgrading of buses in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to run on cleaner fuel

We signed a 13-year loan of 1.3 billion roubles (€29 million) to overhaul the district heating system in the remote municipalities of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District in Siberia. The project will include the partial replacement of inefficient diesel and oil-fired generators with combined heat and power (CHP) plants using biomass fuel made up of locally produced forestry waste.

In Ukraine, we provided a €12 million loan to the municipal district heating company of Ivano-Frankivsk to part convert its energy supply to biomass. The project is expected to result in additional annual reductions of 5.2 million cubic metres in gas consumption and around 10 kilotonnes of CO2 per annum – enough energy to provide heating for a 10,000-strong community in Ukraine for an entire year. We mobilised a large grant from Sweden to support the project by helping the city to manage affordability constraints. The success of this cooperation was instrumental in the decision of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union to launch the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P). The Partnership was inaugurated at a donor conference in Stockholm in November 2009 and will promote energy efficiency in the region (initially focusing on Ukraine), particularly in the district heating sector.

In Bulgaria, the EBRD is working with Hebros Bus Ltd, a private bus company based in Plovdiv, to replace old diesel buses with compressed natural gas models. Our €5.9 million loan to Hebros will help the company to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 6.2 kilotonnes over the next ten years.

Last updated 7 May 2010

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