New Law in Kyrgyz Republic for Energy Efficient Buildings

KYRGYZ Republic makes a big step towards energy efficient buildings thanks to new legislation developed with assistance from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The Kyrgyz Republic Government approved two new regulations, which will introduce a set of instruments facilitating energy efficiency of all types of buildings. The new regulations provide procedures implementing the Law on “Energy Performance of Buildings”.

The Law defines the overall legal framework including the definition of legal responsibilities and the instruments to foster energy efficiency in buildings. The secondary legislation provides detailed procedures for implementation and introduces minimum and mandatory energy efficiency requirements, methodology for energy performance assessment, energy performance certification of buildings and regular inspection of heating systems.

Kanybek Narbaev, Head of the The State Agency on Architecture and Regional Development said: “With the adoption of this new legislation, Kyrgyz Republic becomes a pioneer in the post-Soviet era with legislation that is fully compliant with best international experience. We are proud that with the help of the EBRD, Kyrgyz Republic has developed its own progressive legislation framework on the energy performance of buildings”.

Larisa Manastirli, Head of the EBRD office in Bishkek, says: “The Bank is keen to assist the low-carbon transition of the Kyrgyz Republic building sector by policy dialogue as well as by investments. Currently the Kyrgyz Republic Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) of US$ 20 million is under development. KyrSEFF will provide financing to our partners, local banks and micro-financing institutions, for on-lending to Kyrgyz Republic residents and corporates for the energy efficiency of buildings, SMEs and industries. The KyrSEFF will be supported by Donor-funded technical assistance and investment incentives.”

Terry McCallion, Director of the EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change team,  says: “The building sector provides the largest sustainable energy and resource efficiency opportunities in the region. Building sustainability remains as one of the key priority areas under the EBRD’s Sustainable Energy Initiative. The Bank has adopted an integrated approach including development of financing mechanisms, provision of technical assistance and policy dialogue  We maintain the policy dialogue on building energy efficiency in  Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia, where we hope to replicate the success of Kyrgyzstan.” 

Picture of Ala-Too Square by Gilad Rom from Israel (The towering metropolis of Bishkek) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday 7th September 2012

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