Removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply



On April 19 2013, in Astana was conducted a final conference of UNDP/GEF project

On April 19 2013, in Astana there was conducted a final conference on energy efficiency improving in municipal heat and hot water supply, what has finalized an implementation of a joint project of UN Development Programme and the Government of Kazakhstan “Removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply”, financed with the support of the Global Environmental Facility. The project, with a budget of more than 3.2 mln. US dollars, started it activities in 2007. The project main objective was to establish regulatory framework, to enforce the institutional and financial models for investments leverage in municipal heat and hot water supply. During the years of project implementation, there had been developed schemes and models of interaction between consumers and the government that were included into Governmental Program on Housing Infrastructure (HI) Reform for 2011-2020. The deputy of Mazhylis, V.Kiyanskiy underlined “It was especially important for Kazakhstan that UNDP/GEF Project had engaged an international assessment of measures on HI reform, energy efficiency stimulation, promotion of energy service companies and other initiatives”, 17 demo projects in multiapartment buildings had been implemented in several Kazakhstan cities. 6,6 US dollars of governmental and private investments had been invited for renovation of residential houses in 4 cities, for energy audit, creation of energy service company – the first in the country. Staff of 700 Association of Apartment Owners throughout Kazakhstan had been trained to energy saving measure and there was a large scale promotional events on public awareness about energy saving. “Through implementation of energy efficiency projects, UN Development Programme provides assistance to the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in promoting “green” economy”, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, Yekaterina Paniklova, marked. Recently, the President Nazarbayev stated about a necessity to raise tariffs for utility services. The key objective of such measures is a formation of careful attitude to electricity, heat and water. According to the experts’ opinion, large reserves of energy saving in Kazakhstan are hidden in municipal heat and hot water supply. The project had proved the energy saving potential in heat supply reached 40-50%, and the amounts of investments for improving energy efficiency were by times less than construction of new capacities. The conducted researches indicated that energy saving measures had to be applied as complex measures, from the source of heat energy (CHP) through the supplying company to a final consumer. Offered schemes of investment leverage had demonstrated their viability and possibility to save heat energy and utility bills up to 10-35%. Demo projects had proved that renovation of residential buildings provided not only comfortable temperature in apartments but also fair utility bills. The participants of final conference specified that the results of energy efficiency projects deserved a special attention regarding application of best findings on introduction of energy efficient technologies. Project successful experience was recommended for replication in Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. More than 150 representatives of Ministries, Parliament of the RK, international organizations, and energy service companies took part in this Conference. The Conference was organized by UN Development Programme/GEF, Ministry of the RK for Regional Development and Kazakhstan Housing and Utilities Reform Center JSC.