Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects celebrated at Moldova's Eco-Energetica Awards

Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects celebrated at Moldova's Eco-Energetica Awards

CHISINAU, 8 December 2017 - Twelve projects focused on using and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency received awards at Moldova’s Eco-Energetica Awards Ceremony this year. The seventh edition of the Moldova-Eco Energetica Gala was attended by over 400 guests, representatives of the Moldovan government, ministers, ambassadors, and representatives of international organizations, the private sector, academia and civil society.

 Vitalie Iurcu, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, said, “Since 2011, Moldova Eco Energetica is the most significant instrument for changing the energy consumption pattern: focused on energy efficiency, renewables and the sustainable development of our society. For the Government of the Republic of Moldova, this engagement becomes a national priority for the Agenda 2020.”

Thirty-five projects were submitted for the 2017 edition of the Moldova Eco-Energetica Competition by individuals, public institutions, private companies, media and NGOs. They were judged on the basis of panel evaluations and site visits.

Director of the Moldovan Energy Efficiency Agency, Alexandru Ciudin, said, "Moldova Eco Energetica has already become a tradition. Since its start, this event contributes to the development of the renewable energy sector in the country. We support people's courage, who, by their own example, promote clean energy and smart consumption."  

During his speech at the conference, Manuel Mattiat, Project Management Expert at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) said, “Renewable energy has a great potential to help countries become less dependent on energy imports, create jobs and mitigate climate change while contributing to prosperity.”

The awards ceremony for the best eco ideas, technologies and stories is the culmination of the Moldova Eco-Energetica Days, held from 6 - 8 December, during which, independent experts from Moldova and abroad, discussed current renewables and energy efficiency promotion. The Moldova Eco-Energy Week is organized by the Energy Efficiency Agency, Energy Efficiency Fund and Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. UNIDO is one of the partners of the conference.

UNIDO’s activities in Moldova promote renewable sources of energy, and the development of productive activities in rural areas and industrial processes. For example, together with the Energy Efficiency Agency, and the Ministry of Economy, and with technology and funding from the Government of Poland, UNIDO has put in place a first assembly line for solar thermal collectors at the Raut Industrial Park in the city of Balti. In just 10 months, a production line has been installed and 100 solar thermal collectors with vacuum tubes have been manufactured, supporting energy efficiency in the country.

The Botanical Garden of the Academy of Science in Chisinau – which aims to reintegrate endangered plant species back into nature - was chosen as a first pilot site, and four of the solar thermal collectors produced in Balti have been installed to support the laboratory and its water heating systems. Heating had been costly but now it can basically be provided for free without polluting the environment.

New project proposals were discussed with government counterparts and development partners, with further consultations expected in early 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Manuel Mattiat 

Project Management Expert, UNIDO