How "Green Cities" Program Benefitted to Yerevan and Gyumri?

How "Green Cities" Program Benefitted to Yerevan and Gyumri?

The Armenian cities of Yerevan and Gyumri have joined "Green Cities" program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Green City Action Plans (GCAP) have been developed for these cities, which aimeat overcoming the environmental problems and climate challenges of Yerevan and Gyumri. Currently, a program is being developed for Vanadzor Town.

At the workshop organized ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), EBRD representative Rudik Tadevosyan presented the results achieved during the project.

Rudik Tadevosyan noted that  "Green Cities" framework agreement was adopted in 2016, the primary goal of which is to act as a catalyst covering various fields aimed at solving environmental problems at the city level.

According to the speaker, the scope of "Green Cities" includes projects worth approximately 5 billion euros. "The program is focused on urban transport, central heating, solid waste management, renewable energy, water and wastewater management, building energy efficiency and street lighting," he noted.

According to its action plan, it includes the establishment of strong infrastructure for adaptation to climate change and measures to implement disaster risk reduction strategies.

Modernization of the distribution network, reconstruction of substations, introduction of smart components were carried out with the ENA modernization program. According to the speaker, the introduction of the smart management, automation system has the potential to improve energy efficiency by at least 20%, as well as involve the integration of renewable energy.

As a result of the Yerevan bus project, 87 modern 12-meter buses running on compressed natural gas were purchased. Within the framework of the program, annual reduction of 35 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the capital is expected.

Within the framework of "Green City" project in Gyumri, a project to modernize street lighting and restore road infrastructure was implemented. 1,200 LED lights were installed, 33 streets and two squares were improved, parking lot strategy and action plan were developed. As a result of the project, the saving of funds spent on street lighting in 2021-2022 made up 67.2%.

Reminder: EcoLur, with the support of the international organization CEE Bankwatch Network, implemented "Be informed about the plans and programs of Green Cities in Yerevan and Gyumri" project, within the framework of which it studied "Green City" action plans of Yerevan and Gyumri cities and their implementation, which you can familiarize yourself with below at the following links.

December 22, 2023 at 17:52

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