Mayor of Sarajevo Alija Behmen and the German Ambassador to BiH, HE Urlike Maria Knotz cut the symbolic ribbon today and officially opened the Office of Energy Efficiency of Sarajevo. Sarajevo became the firstÂ city in Bosnia and Herzegovina that opened this office and the citizens ofÂ Sarajevo will finally be able to get all necessary advice,
Mayor of Sarajevo Alija Behmen and the German Ambassador to BiH, HE Urlike Maria Knotz cut the symbolic ribbon today and officially opened the Office of Energy Efficiency of Sarajevo.
Sarajevo became the firstÂ city in Bosnia and Herzegovina that opened this office and the citizens ofÂ Sarajevo will finally be able to get all necessary advice, information andÂ informative educational brochures about the rational use of energy, energyÂ efficiency measures and their potential application in households all in oneÂ place. Mayor of Sarajevo Alija Behmen on this occasion sent his thanks to theÂ German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GermanÂ Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) – Open Regional Fund – EnergyÂ Efficiency in Southeast Europe and the Municipality of Center, with whoseÂ support this project was implemented.
“The establishment ofÂ the Office and Information Center represented a significant shift in activitiesÂ for the third year of the City of Sarajevo, who aims to become an example ofÂ best practices for energy management and reduce adverse environmental impactsÂ in our region. I am confident that with our own, and with the support of ourÂ friends from Germany, the Office will fulfill its mission, among other things,Â monitor the situation in the field of building construction, public transportÂ and public lighting in the city of Sarajevo, analyze problems and proposeÂ solutions for the determination of policies and measures this area, initiateÂ the preparation of projects applying for EU funds …, ” said Mayor BehmenÂ and urged citizens of Sarajevo to visit the Office of Energy Efficiency andÂ Information Center in the street Hamdije KreÅ¡evljakovica 27, and areÂ informed how to use energy more efficiently and build their homes.
German Ambassador toÂ BiH, HE Urlike Maria Knotz recalled that her country in this regard for manyÂ years has the role of leader, and that Germany and Bosnia-HerzegovinaÂ government helps millions amounts to double digits by Credit Bank forÂ Reconstruction (KfW), the construction and development of hydro and windÂ energy. “I am particularly happy of the initiative of Zagreb, Podgorica,Â Skopje and Sarajevo who want together to improve their administrative capacityÂ in terms of sustainable energy management in cities,” added AmbassadorÂ Knotz.
Regional DirectorÂ for the Western Balkans, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)Â Jutta Zinnel stressed that this information center will be an important placeÂ for those who want information about opportunities related to energyÂ efficiency, will also be a good platform for Development cooperation betweenÂ the private sector, public sector represented by the City and the end users ofÂ energy. “I would like to emphasize that I very much appreciate the factÂ that the city of Sarajevo, went ahead and set a very good example – that willÂ be followed by other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Zinnel.