Implementation of energy efficiency measures aiming at sustainable energy development of Ašmiany district in Belarus

About of project:

Period: 01.07.2018 — 30.06.2021

Budget: €696,614.72, EU contribution: €554,992.95

Implementing agency: Ašmiany District Executive Committee

Location: Ašmiany District, Republic of Belarus


Introduction of energy-efficient measures and use of renewable energy sources in educational institutions will facilitate reduction of heat and power consumption, relevant expenses for the public budget, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Goals and objectives: The key project goal is to raise the energy use efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions in Ašmiany District. The project is also aimed at raising the local residents’ awareness about the latest energy-efficient technologies and their possible use in Belarus. All planned events will contribute to the development of skills of environmentally-friendly behaviour and efficient use of energy resources.

Outcomes: On the 6th of November 2020 on the eve of the International Energy saving day the opening ceremony of the reconstructed pilot site of the project kindergarten No. 3 in Ašmiany took place. This kindergarten received the unofficial name "Solntsegrad"(SunCity).

On the basis of the pilot site kindergarten No. 3 in Ašmiany set of energy-efficient measures was successfully implemented. Walls and roofs were insulated and energy efficient windows were installed in accordance with national and international regulations. Heating and hot water supply systems have been completely reconstructed and automated. The building is heated from two sources: heat pumps and central heating network. Heat pumps are the main source of heat supply. Their thermal capacity allows to provide heat supply for the kindergarten (for heating and hot water supply) without being connected to the heating network throughout the main part of the year at till outside air temperature is above minus 5 C. The solar collector is the main source of thermal energy for the hot water supply system during the summer season. On cloudy days and during cold periods, the lack of heat energy is covered by the heat pumps.

Kindergarten No. 3 in Ašmiany is also equipped with modern automatic ventilation systems with recuperation: separately for the kitchen and separately for playrooms and bedrooms (6 ventilation systems for six groups). Modern energy efficient equipment has been purchased for the catering and laundry facilities.

Indoor lighting uses energy efficient fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts, while outdoor lighting uses LED lamps. A photovoltaic system with total capacity of 10 kW is installed on the roof of the building, which supplies the kindergarten with electricity. For 7 months of operation of the kindergarten, the heat and electricity consumption decreased by 50%, payment for energy resources by 25 thousand rubles, and greenhouse gas emissions by 90 tons of CO 2 -equivalent.

In addition to modernizing the kindergarten, information campaign was carried out within the framework of the project. Children, parents, teachers and representatives of local community took part in events, competitions, performances, seminars and master classes dedicated to the energy resources savings and the protection of the environment.

Throughout the project, the kindergarten pupils delighted with their performances at matinees, talking about the importance of energy saving in songs and poems. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the events did not stop, but were held in new formats. Within the framework of annual European Sustainable Energy Week, an online and offline events dedicated to the energy efficiency issues and master classes were held.

Within the framework of the project, video presentations were created that show the operation of energy efficient equipment installed in kindergarten No. 3, and which are intended to disseminate the experience and results of the project.

The important stages of the project's implementation are shown in the documentary "On the Way to Solntsegrad", which was shown during the final conference of the project on June 11, 2021.


Sergey Nikitin, Project Manager,
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