Efforts to Raise Awareness on Climate Change in Kosovo Continue
Support for Low Emission Development in Kosovo Project, funded by Austrian Cooperation Funds, started in July 2013. It’s a regional project in which UNDP Kosovo is implementing the second component which aims to support the Government of Kosovo to mainstream climate change concerns into sectoral and overall development priorities, thus enabling Kosovo to deal with climate change-related issues, and consider it not only as a separate environmental issue but as an issue of sustainable development. The project is expected to increase the capacity for low emission climate resilient development at national and local level, enable development of low emission climate resilient strategy, and promote sustainable energy policies and programs and enhance public awareness concerning energy efficiency. In 2014, additional activities are already taking place at municipal level in cooperation with local partners, actors and stakeholders to raise awareness on energy efficiency and use of green energy.
Energy Efficiency I
The Regional Environmental Center (REC) Office in Kosovo was contracted to organize and deliver two separate trainings for municipal officers and CSOs representatives on design of energy efficiency projects. Two-day trainings were conducted for 3 municipalities (Gllogoc/Gllogovac, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje and Obiliq/c) and for 18 Civil Society Organizations. A meeting with all stakeholders involved in the trainings that were held in May 2014 was organized in late June for Design of Energy Efficiency projects. The meeting brought together representatives of central and local institutions and representatives of non-governmental organizations who discussed further actions and cooperation for implementation of the future activities.
Energy Efficiency II
The project in coordination with the Kosovo Agency for Energy Efficiency selected the Designed Energy Efficiency project of the Municipality of Gllogoc/Glogovac to co finance. The project “Replacement of the existing electricity public street lights with solar ones powered by photovoltaic panels in square “Fehmi Lladrovci” and City Park in Gllogoc/Gllogovac that will contribute to energy effieciency and reduction of Greenhouse gases (GHG) through use of renewable energy sources. Other partners include Municipality and private “Feronikeli”.
A local company Green Energy Technology (GET) was contracted for conducting an awareness raising campaign on Energy Efficiency. During June 2014, 41 energy efficiency (EE) lectures were held in 13 primary schools in Prishtinë/Priština and Gjakovë/Djakovica, with participation of 1230 students. The establishment of seven energy eficiency info corners, in Prishtinë/Priština, Gllogoc/Gllogovac, Gracaniçë/Gračanica, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Mitrovicë/a South, Mitrovicë/a North and Gjilan/Gnjilane municipalities are ongoing.