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EU4Armenia - Community Mobilization for Energy Efficiency in Armenia


Photo: IWO e.V.

Energy poverty is a growing problem in Armenia, especially in rural areas. A recent UNECE study showed that at least 30 per cent of the population are to be considered energy poor, which means they are spending more than 50 per cent of their total family income on energy and heating. At the same time, local civic groups and organizations lack knowhow and resources to support citizens and municipalities in addressing energy poverty.

Against this backdrop, the National Social Housing Association Foundation (ASBA) partnered with organisations from the Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic to start the EU4Armenia project. The action aims at addressing the energy poverty issue in rural areas by way of increasing public awareness and implementing practical measures to improve energy utilization pattern, reduce energy bills and help increase the overall quality of life.

Through the project, capacities at regional NGOs and the media of five Armenian regions (Marzes) will be built to intensify cooperation with urban and rural communities to address energy efficiency issues, which vary across the regions and locations. Local civil society organisations and community groups will be empowered to increase awareness among the population on energy efficiency measures and practices, mobilise community resources and engage in capable partnerships with local municipalities and private companies to address energy poverty.

The project will support the implementation of community initiatives in line with their specific priorities and development plans. Several municipalities, including those in the project regions, have joined the EU Covenant of Mayors movement with specific obligations to act on energy saving and climate change. Initiatives and efforts for promoting green economy at the local level shall help the population, improve their situation and decrease poverty rates. The project will create opportunities for civic groups to mobilise resources for sustainable partnerships with municipalities, aiming at tapping synergetic potentials and ensuring long-term and sustainable investments in energy efficiency and community development.

Following a competition that was part of the action, eleven projects in five regions - Lori, Tavush, Gegharkunik, Kotayk and Ararat - were awarded to receive funds for carrying out Public Awareness Campaigns (PAC) on Energy Efficiency. These sub-projects were put in place to support innovative ideas of civil society organisations (CSO) and their coalitions for raising public awareness on community energy efficiency issues and promoting an 'energy efficiency culture'. Providing better information on energy efficiency to communities can inspire community initiatives as well as help involve non-state stakeholders into decision-making processes. Through the sub-projects, the action strives to strengthen professional and organizational capacities of NGOs and the local media and to improve conditions for citizen participation and grass-root policy making processes. Local CSOs will be increasingly empowered to actively engage in planning processes for actions to improve energy efficiency in the project municipalities and regions.

 

Contact

Johann Strese
phone +49 30 20 67 98 02
strese@iwoev.org

 

Project details

ASBA webpage

Housing Europe webpage

EU Delegation to Armenia webpage

EU4Armenia is supported by the European Union.

 

Project duration

December 2017 - December 2019

Project lead

ASBA Foundation, Armenia

Project partners

Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO e.V.), Germany; SEVEn - the Energy Efficiency Centre z.u., Czech Republic; Energie-U, Netherlands

 

ASBA and IWO are active members resp. partners of Housing Europe.


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