norway: grassroots energy projects in central asia and the caucasus
In 2008, FoE Norway / Norges Naturvernforbund worked with local environmental organizations in Central Asia and the Caucasus to promote simple and practical ‘do it yourself’ energy solutions, combined with education and capacity building for partner organizations.
These projects include improved energy efficiency and the use of local renewable energy sources. In Kazakhstan, for example, FoE Norway worked with local NGO EcoObraz to repair windows and improve insulation in school buildings. They replaced broken windowpanes, fixed panes to frames and inserted a silicone sealant.
FoE Norway also worked with local partner EcoVision to rebuild part of a school in Georgia, after all the windows were blown out during the violence of August 2008. 84 windows were replaced or mended.
The forty schools involved have reduced their energy consumption for heating, meaning reduced greenhouse gas emissions and reduced costs for the schools.
As well as reducing emissions of climate-changing pollution, these measures mean lower energy costs and better indoor air quality for poor communities, and reduced pressure on vulnerable natural resources. These simple measures also provide new energy services to families living without the energy they need to meet their basic needs.
FoE Norway’s international projects demonstrate that energy efficiency can often be improved dramatically using simple measures. These projects will continue to be a core element of FoE Norway’s activities in 2009, with projects running in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Macedonia, Ukraine and Russia.