Tuzla Canton and thirteen municipalities of this Canton signed an Energy Charter on June 19, 2013, by which they committed to actively promote energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy management in public buildings and communal systems. The â€œEnergy Efficiency Year of Canton Tuzlaâ€ followed, with the support of USAID, where systematic approach on energy
Tuzla Canton and thirteen municipalities of this Canton signed an Energy Charter on June 19, 2013, by which they committed to actively promote energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy management in public buildings and communal systems. The â€œEnergy Efficiency Year of Canton Tuzlaâ€ followed, with the support of USAID, where systematic approach on energy management in this BiH region was enabled. The common goal of the municipalities, Canton and USAID was to create conditions for investments in energy efficiency.
Prompted by the signing of the Energy Charter, the Center for Education and Raising Awareness of Energy Efficiency – Energis investigated on whether the aforementioned Canton is meeting its obligations. Two years after the start of these activities some of the first results are visible. The Tuzla Canton Government allocated over three million KM for the realization of the energy efficiency and environmental protection projects. Municipality Gradacac was one of the first municipalities to realize the importance of energy efficiency, as it can be noticed in the name of one of the municipal departments, the department for Development, Investment, Inspection and Energy Efficiency. Ms. Seherzada Otanovic from the above mentioned Department confirmed to Energis: â€œTogether with USAID Enterprise Energy Efficiency project we formed and educated the energy efficiency team and prepared the energy audit of the municipal building. These experiences enabled us to apply for Cantonal financing to make the project a reality. We are also passing on the acquired knowledge to other public institutions, especially educational institutions that need assistance and have a wish to realize the energy efficiency projects.â€ Municipality Gradacac acquired around 75.000 KM for this project and by improving the thermal insulation of the municipal building it increased the energy efficiency, which will in turn have long term financial savings.
The results of the numerous pilot projects implemented in BiH with support of USAID were presented during training for energy management in Tuzla Canton municipalities. One of such projects was the Sports Hall in Livno, which served as an example to Gracanica Municipality to improve the energy efficiency of its Sports Hall and to acquire needed finances from the Tuzla Canton Government in the amount of 150.000 KM. Municipality Mayor Nusret Helic pointed out that the priority of the Gracanica Municipality is not only to achieve the financial savings but also a wish to educate the public so we can learn to accept what is waiting for us in the future. He also added that the Gracanica Municipality is the signatory of the Energy Charter together with all other Tuzla Canton municipalities. This shows a commitment for continuous implementation of energy efficiency measures, the use of renewable energy sources and systematic approach to solving issues in this area.
Apart from these municipalities, the Kalesija Municipality and the City of Tuzla prepared the projects and secured financing from the Canton. All participants stated that they acquired the needed knowledge thanks to the experiences obtained at the systematic energy management trainings and through the actual examples from practice which showed the positive effects of investing in energy efficiency measures. This is also proven by numerous projects that are being started not only in the Canton but throughout BiH.