The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is contributing, together with the European Union, to improve energy efficiency in public buildings in Sarajevo.
The EBRD is contributing with a 8 million euros loan, while the EU is extending a two million euros grant for the refurbishment of 40 buildings in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In particular, the investments will cover 29 schools and related facilities, six kindergartens, three student dormitories and two outpatient clinics. Energy efficiency measures will include the introduction of cleaner and more efficient heating, better insulation, better lighting and overall improvements.
The energy savings are estimated to be around 13.7 gigawatts per hour (GWh) and would result in 4,774 tonnes of CO2 savings annually.
“The proposed measures will not only make the buildings more comfortable for users and minimise the consumption of heat and electricity but will also reduce air pollution in the city,” said Manuela Naessl, EBRD Head of Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The EBRD is working with many partners, including the two entity governments, on measures to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is still a long way to go but this is an important step in the right direction.”
Sarajevo Canton joined EBRD Green Cities in February 2019. The framework is designed to help cities to articulate a sustainable development vision and their strategic objectives as well as define actions and investments necessary to address priority environmental issues.