Municipal Energy Management
In line with UNDP’s commitment to support the Government in reducing the negative effects of climate change, the main objective of this project is to help create the necessary conditions for municipalities to improve their use of energy resources.The project will achieve this objective by increasing the capacities of all municipalities to implement energy-efficiency measures and raising awareness of the benefits of better energy management.
In particular, UNDP will be developing and piloting a streamlined and affordable energy-management system in the Skopje municipality of Karposh as a model for future adoption throughout the country.
Municipalities throughout the country are increasingly realizing the many benefits of investing in projects to improve energy efficiency. Already the energy-efficiency projects supported by UNDP last year have shown how municipalities can make important savings by taking simple steps to increase the energy efficiency of public buildings—savings of at least 25% and as much as 60% per year.
Energy efficiency measures will be implemented in two public buildings—a school and a kindergarten. The aim is to improve the municipality's capacity to develop and implement measures to improve energy efficiency and to showcase the benefits of such measures.
The project will finance an important upgrade of an energy-management software package called ExCITE—software that is expected to become mandatory for all municipalities. This software, developed with UNDP’s support, and now used by all municipalities, streamlines the monitoring of energy use in all public buildings, as well as public lighting, and should become a key tool in municipal energy management. In this way, municipalities will be able to manage their energy use and costs more efficiently, in turn achieving savings that can be redirected to meet other priorities and needs of the citizens.
The project will also develop a specific module for remote monitoring of energy use in buildings and public lighting. А study tour in energy management will be organized for relevant staff from several municipalities.
The knowledge and experience gained in municipal energy management will subsequently be disseminated to as many municipalities as possible through workshops, printed material and web-based info points.
As well as providing training in the use of energy-efficiency software, the project will help municipalities to apply ‘Green Office’ practices. Such practices include continuous analysis of the performance of the municipality in terms of its energy use and the introduction of a variety of measures—from behavioral changes to changes in the procurement of equipment and (re)construction works— that lead to best practices in energy use and a reduction of the waste produced by office activities. An objective of the project is to show how municipalities can integrate Green Office practices as part of their regular functioning—for example, by ensuring that energy efficiency and environmental concerns are always taken into account in decisions on public procurement.
The Project will also include information and promotion activities highlighting the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.These campaigns will be targeted both at municipal decision-makers and the general public.
|Municipality of Karpos and UNDP||US $ 300,000|