Energy Efficiency in the Time of Covid-19: Action on transport urban infrastructure and impacts to support social and economic recoveryWritten by Raphael Chatelet
As part of the program of study visits within the framework of "City to City" concept of the "Covenant of Mayors - East" project, representatives of the energy teams of seven Ukrainian cities-signatories of the Covenant of Mayors gathered in Zhytomyr on September 2-4, 2020.
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Navahrudak district hosts the oldest and the biggest wind farm in Belarus, located near village Grabniki, as well as numerous of wind turbines in other locations. Electricity in the district is generated by 20 wind turbines, both state-owned and private, with a total capacity of 32 MW.
With the support of the European Union, Navahrudak developed a road map to increase its renewable energy sources (RES) share in the local energy balance. Following the strategy, the municipality managed to attract funding for RES and implement a couple of pilot projects.
SAVEWATER project financed by the European Union introduced a comprehensive smart system for monitoring, control and management of water, heat energy and electricity supply systems in Chavusy district.
The EU funded project “Cantemir: Thermal rehabilitation of educational buildings - CanTREB» was implemented within the framework of Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Program by Cantemir municipality and NGO “Alliance for Energy efficiency and Renewables”. 4 public buildings (2 kindergartens, lyceum and gymnasium) have been thermally refurbished in the line with the best European practices and allowed municipality to reduce costs for their maintenance and operation as well as improve indoor conditions for children and staff of public institutions. Moreover, biomass boiled is constructed to provide heat energy for modernized buildings.
PubLiCity project funded by the European Union is the largest public lighting modernization project in Belarus for the time being. Within the project almost two thousand LED luminaries with smart control system were installed in Polack and 26 city buildings, monuments and other sites were equipped with efficient architectural lighting.