The official opening of UNDP-GEF “Green Urban Lighting” project was held at UN Armenia on 27 March in the context of “Earth Hour” international environmental event.
In the frames of this project 500 new energy efficient LEDs (light emitting diodes) have been installed along Isakov Avenue and Tairov Street, joining Yerevan city center to Zvartnots international airport ensuring lighting in compliance with road surface requirements.
Lighting energy efficiency works have been carried out under the coordination of Nature Protection Ministry in the frames of UNDP-GEF “Green Urban Lighting” project /UNDP-GEF /00074869/ in line with the memorandum signed with Yerevan Municipality.
The new system enables energy savings of 63 percent, reduction of costs by USD 45,000, and carbon emissions by 220 tons in annual terms. Yerevan is the largest energy consumer in terms of urban lighting: municipal lighting in Yerevan accounts 90 percent of all urban lighting energy use nationwide.
Nature Protection Minister Grigoryan mentioned that the Ministry of Nature Protection attaches high importance to the issue of climate change and is consistently contributing, as well as coordinating all the processes ongoing in the country that add to the global efforts to mitigate climate change.
“We believe that achieving greater energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy is crucial for Armenia and for its future energy security. A low carbon route to development is an ambitious but achievable goal for Armenia, which is becoming increasingly affordable with the rapid advance of innovative technologies. UNDP considers this project as strategically important for the country, since Armenia has an immense potential for development of energy efficient technologies. This successful joint project, even on a small scale, sets new standards for energy efficient lighting, and we will work with the government and donor community to replicate this success,” said Bradley Busetto in his opening remarks.
The “EcoLur” Informational NGO is organizing series of events aimed at public involvement and awareness raising targeted to the future climate change policy directions and development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of the Republic of Armenia under UN Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC).
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under UNDP Climate Change Program, within the framework of ARM-002/2015 Contract. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.
18:14 March 30, 2015