image2 23.06.2020

Winners of the 2020 EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership announced!

Today, the winners of the second edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership were announced at an award ceremony as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, congratulated all the award recipients, with the main prize awarded to the ‘Green Light Moldova – Modernisation and Saving Energy in Street Lighting’ project.

The second place went to the ‘EU4Civil Society Energy Efficiency in Armenian Communities’ project, and the third place was awarded to the ‘Biomass Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies in Georgia’ project. All projects competing in the award were EU-funded initiatives.

The winning project from Moldova was launched under the EU-supported Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Projects. The two cities of Ocniţa and Cantemir installed modern, energy efficient street lighting as part of a programme to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020.The EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership was launched in 2019 and showcases inspiring examples of innovative, local energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions from across the region that benefit both citizens and business alike.

The winners were selected by public vote from a shortlist of six finalists.

Energy efficiency is a key policy goal within the Eastern Partnership. Around €170 million has been invested in this field in the past ten years, with one tenth of the population in EaP countries having benefitted from more energy efficient and affordable municipal infrastructure and services. The work in this field continues, and will have an increased focus on environment and climate resilience.