Public buildings in Sarajevo to become energy efficient

By Axel  Reiserer

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Public buildings in Sarajevo to become energy efficient

  • Improving energy efficiency of public buildings in Sarajevo
  • EBRD-EU financing package of €10 million
  • Priority project under Green City Action Plan

Public buildings in Sarajevo will see a significant improvement in their energy efficiency thanks to a €10 million financing package provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU).

The EBRD is contributing a €8 million loan, while the EU is extending a €2 million grant for the refurbishment of 40 buildings in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The works are a priority project under the Green City Action Plan for the Sarajevo Canton.

The investments will cover 29 schools and related facilities, 6 kindergartens, 3 student dormitories and 2 outpatient clinics. The energy savings are estimated to be around 13.7 GWh and would result in 4,774 tonnes of CO2 savings annually. Energy efficiency measures will include the introduction of cleaner and more efficient heating, better insulation, better lighting and overall improvements.

Manuela Naessl, EBRD Head of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: “The proposed measures will not only make the buildings more comfortable for users and minimise the consumption of heat and electricity, but will also reduce air pollution in the city. The EBRD is working with many partners, including the two entity governments, on measures to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is still a long way to go but this is an important step in the right direction.”

Sarajevo Canton joined EBRD Green Cities in February 2019. The framework is designed to help cities to articulate a sustainable development vision and their strategic objectives as well as define actions and investments necessary to address priority environmental issues. The network of Green Cities in the EBRD regions is growing rapidly and to date 43 cities have signed up to the initiative.

The city of Sarajevo, with a population estimated at 360,000, is the largest in the country. The Sarajevo Canton is the regional administrative district that includes the city of Sarajevo and surroundings and has a total population of around 450,000.

Since it began operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996, the EBRD has invested €2.6 billion in 180 projects in the country.

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