Energy Efficiency

GIZ implements eight energy efficiency projects in BIH



December 18, 2015





December 18, 2015




As part of the regional project Energy Efficiency in Municipal Associations (EeMA), implemented through the Open Regional Funds for South-East Europe – Energy Efficiency (ORF-EE) and Modernization of Municipal Services (ORF-MMS), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) implemented eight energy efficiency pilot projects across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in November and December. The improvement of energy efficiency was undertaken in the municipalities of Bijeljina, Novi Grad, Gradiška, Ilidža, Zenica, Foča, Trebinje and Kreševo. A total of 40 local authorities applied for funds.

Works were financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Government of Switzerland. The project is part of the overall support provided by these governments as regards BiH’s process of approximation to the European Union. Provision of support by the Government of Germany also refers to the particular process of transposition of energy sector relevant EU acquis into the country’s legislation.

The pilot projects brought together actors from different government levels, the non­-governmental sector, municipal associations and other relevant institutions, which recognized the projects’ potential and showed the willingness to help the initiation of a serious debate on energy efficiency in BiH, also demonstrating support in addressing and applying necessary changes in the future.

Pilot projects addressed the general improvement of energy efficiency in BiH, particularly through increased and improved public lighting by use of LED technology and replacement of old lighting in the municipalities, improvement of heating and cooling systems in public buildings, installation of mini power plants with solar photo-panels, modification of façade windows in public buildings, GIZ said.

Five local projects were completed by early December, while the ceremonies for the introduction of efficient lighting in Foča and Trebinje, and the modification of façade windows in public buildings on Ilidža in Sarajevo were held in mid-December.

Trebinje, a town in the south, has replaced 40 public lighting lamps on its outskirts. Representatives of GIZ visited the Geljev most site and met local officials. One half of the total project value was provided by GIZ  and the other half by the Association of Towns and Municipalities of Republic of Srpska.

The lamps now use four times less energy than the mercury-based bulbs. This is not the first project related to energy efficiency that had been implemented in Trebinje, as we have already replaced a number of street lights with LED lights in the city area,” said deputy mayor Nedjeljko Ćebedžija.

In the Second Primary School in Hrasnica, in the municipality of Ilidža, replacement of exterior fenestration elements on the classrooms part of the school building with windows and doors of improved thermal characteristics was also conducted within the EeMA project. The Mayor, PhD, Prof. Senaid Memić, as stated on the Municipality’s website, said that “children are the future we all need to invest in.”

A system of heat pumps for heating and cooling was introduced in one of the buildings of the local authority of Bijeljina, which resulted in electricity savings by up to 70%.

“Bijeljina has a lot of potential to use alternative energy sources. The use of gas, geothermal and solar energy can significantly increase energy efficiency and reduce the pollution of our environment. Thanks to GIZ, the heat pumps were installed in the building of the Department of Urban Planning and Department of Veterans and Civil Protection, which will help us achieve huge savings of electricity,” Mayor Mićo Mićić said, as reported on the municipal website. Two pumps of 10 kW will heat and cool 37 offices, distributing heat more evenly.

EeMA is being implemented in BiH, Kosovo*, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Related Articles

Manage your energy investment in North Macedonia smartly – ask our legal partners for the latest market insights

Manage your energy investment in North Macedonia smartly – ask our legal partners for the latest market insights

26 January 2023 - Having been at the forefront of the energy transition in the Western Balkans for some...

vojvodina ebrd energy effciency loan public buildings mirovic colangeli

Serbia’s Vojvodina province to invest EUR 16 million in energy efficiency of public buildings

25 January 2023 - The measures consist of thermal insulation, installation of new windows and energy-efficient lighting and the improvement of the HVAC system

Serbia power heating utilities sign contract on heating pipeline tent obrenovac cogeneration

Serbia’s power, heating utilities sign contract on heat pipeline

19 January 2023 - Beogradske Elektrane and Elektroprivreda Srbije have signed an agreement on the construction of infrastructure for the pipeline

EUSEW 2023 Call European Sustainable Energy Awards open February 9

Call for European Sustainable Energy Awards is open until February 9

13 January 2023 - The winners of EUSEW Awards 2023 in three categories will be announced during the European Sustainable Energy Week in June