Successfully implemented energy efficiency measures at the Elementary School "Vuk Karadžić" in Petrovo

As part of the GCF-funded LowCarbon project

November 22, 2023


Elementary school "Vuk Karadžić" in the Municipality Petrovo was successfully upgraded through comprehensive energy efficiency measures in the value of 522,000 KM. The works were implemented within the UNDP project "Scaling-Up Investment in Low-Carbon Public Buildings in BiH - LowCarbon", financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and with the support of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency of Republika Srpska.

Speaking at the ceremony to mark the completion of the works at the school, Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sylvain Merlen, said: "Ahead of the COP28, we are glad to celebrate a successfully energy-retrofitted school in Petrovo today. We are also proud to contribute to better conditions for children to learn and grow in a climate-resilient future."

Director of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency of Republika Srpska, Srđan Todorović, said that the works at the school included the installation of new windows, the thermal insulation on the walls of the school building, as well as on the roof and ceiling, while the roof and gutters of the gym and locker room were replaced. The heating and lighting systems were upgraded, which contributed to the overall improvement of the school environment.

Mayor of Petrovo, Ozren Petković, expressed gratitude for the significant improvements of working conditions in the school, acknowledging the support from UNDP and the RS Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency.

Director of the School, Igor Cvijanović, anticipates significant savings, estimating a reduction in heating costs of up to 30%, which will contribute to a more sustainable and cost-efficient future for the school.

In addition, the estimated reduction of CO2 emissions is approximately 165 tons annually, contributing to the protection of the environment.

This successful completion of the works on "Vuk Karadžić" Elementary School in Petrovo is an example of effective cooperation between UNDP, the RS Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, and the local community, with a positive impact on the entire community.