[Infographic] Smart Energy Use – UNDP projects in B-H

It is possible to save money and protect the environment at the same time. Proof of that are innovative pilot projects that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has realized, together with its partners, in more than 30 municipalities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, which were presented only on 6th September at an international EkoBis Fair.

It is possible to save money and protect the environment at the same time. Proof of that are innovative pilot projects that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has realized, together with its partners, in more than 30 municipalities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, which were presented only on 6th September at an international EkoBis Fair.

“Heating of schools, kindergartens, faculties, as well as other public buildings, change to alternative ways of heating that decrease pollution, adoption of local environmental protection plans – these are only some of the activities that we have realized in the last 3 years, as one of the leaders in the area of energy efficiency. Visitors of EkoBis had an opportunity to visit the complex of the Cultural Center in the center of Bihac, where we are implementing, together with the Municipality and the Government of the Una-Sana Canton, a KM 450,000 value pilot project, which will combine a number of energy efficiency measures,“ stated Goran Vukmir, UNDP Energy and Environment Sector Coordinator.

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Particular attention has been paid to teaching of the young about unique and practical manners of energy saving and
preservation of nature.

„Few months ago, under the slogan „Knowledge Keeps the Planet Safe“ we rewarded the best projects of secondary school pupils for environmental protection topics and, on the last day of EkoBis, we will be organizing, together with the host, a knowledge quiz in this area for primary school pupils of the Una-Sana Canton. Particular attention has been paid to inclusion of the young in the environmental protection projects and we are very glad about the fact that the project of heating the Dormitory Center in Banja Luka, the value of which is over KM 200,000, is work of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Banja Luka“, stated Slobodan Tadic, Chief of UNDP Regional Office Bihac.

Presentation of the LED lighting project was particularly interesting. One LED street light spends the same amount of electricity as a table lamp – only 40 Wats. This practically means that 340 street LED lights installed by the UNDP in the cities of Bijeljina and Trebinje and municipalities of Teslic, Petrovo, Odžak and Žepce, spend on an annual
level less electricity than 10 households. As the shelf life of LED lighting is 10 times longer than ordinary lighting, significant savings of money and energy will be made, also decreasing emissions of harmful gasses.

Simple and cheap measures of electricity saving are presented in publications „200 advice“ and „One ton challenge“,
published by the UNDP. In addition to them, the rest of the edition dedicated to the energy efficiency was presented to he visitors of the EkoBis Fair at www.undp.ba .

10th international ecological fair „EKOBIS 2012“ was held between 6th and 9th September and it was organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Una-Sana Canton (USK) and with significant support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Federal Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Government of the Una-Sana Canton, Municipality of Bihac, Chamber of Commerce of the Federation of BiH and Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH.
Around 250 presenters from about 10 countries had thier exhibitions at the EKOBIS Fair.

UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently implementing projects of conservation of the karst peatlands KARST, usage of biomass as alternative fuel, support to municipalities and cities in combating climate change, as well as participating with four more UN Agencies in implementation of the UN Program Environment and Climate Change.

Renewable Energy Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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