In June 2017 the Covenant of Mayors together with the USDOS Professional Fellows program held a training for Armenian Municipalities on utilization of renewable energy resources. ESF contributed to the event with a training module for the municipalities on financing renewable energy investments: sources, instruments, features. The participants were also introduced to the integration of RES measures on the example of Yerevan Sustainable Energy Action Plan developed by ESF.
Municipal Energy Planning and Sustainability
The ESF has officially committed to supported sustainability of municipal energy planning by signing a cooperation agreement with the European Commission to serve as the Supporter of the EU Covenant of Mayors. The ESF team has been advising the Armenian municipalities in development of municipal energy plans (MEPs) and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
Low-Income Energy Affordability and Efficiency
The ESF, supported by the Japanese Social Development Fund, has conducted overarching analysis of the need to reform social assistance schemes to help motivate energy efficiency investments in residential heating in multi-apartment buildings. ESF’s recommendations have guided the decisions over efficient heating options for urban dwellers under the World Bank Urban Heating Program.
Home-Owners Associations (HOA) / Condominiums
ESF has further worked with NGOs in Yerevan and Vanadzor to train the condominiums / home-owner associations on the low-cost measures they can implement to save energy in their apartment blocks, provided software tools, published tools and guidance on development and implementation of energy efficiency investments.
ESF has worked with the National Association of Condominium owners to operate a micro-lending facility – a revolving fund for financing energy efficiency improvements in residential building common space, leveraging support from the municipalities of Yerevan, Vanadzor, Gumri and Maralik to allow the participation of low-income families in energy efficiency investments.
Climate Change Mitigation and Renewable Energy
ESF has advocates the use of renewable energy technologies for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through utilization of organic waste in various resource-intensive production processes, including utilization of agricultural waste for biogas production purposes.
Energy and Resource Efficiency Auditing
The ESF team hosts strong energy and resource efficiency auditing and auditor training expertise. In all out projects we carry out energy and resource efficiency audits. Our team includes a number of certified auditors with expertise in multiple fields including public and residential buildings, municipal infrastructure, SME and industrial enterprises.
Sustainable Energy Action Planning for the Capital City of Armenia - Yerevan, Armenia
ESF has been competitively selected by UNDP to develop the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of the City of Yerevan, Armenia in December 2015. Yerevan has signed the European Covenant of Mayors in September 2014 and plans to submit its 1st SEAP in August 2016. ESF is worked with Yerevan City Hall to develop the Plan as well as identify cost-effective investment opportunities in energy efficiency and sustainable energy development. Client: UNDP.
Sustainable Energy Action Planning for the City of Tsaghkadzor, Armenia
The Foundation to Save Energy has extended support to the City of Tsaghkadzor, which has signed the European Covenant of Mayors in 2009-2010 and has not yet been able to fulfill its minimal commitment - develop a SEAP. ESF is worked with Tsaghkadzor Municipality to develop the Plan as well as identify cost-effective investment opportunities in energy efficiency and sustainable energy development.Client: UNDP Small Grants Program
“MODEL-CIUDAD” Project- Management of Domains related to Energy in Local authorities, 2011-2013
The project enabled local authorities supported by the European CIUDAD programme to better deal with sustainable energy issues at local level at local level. Within this regional project, the ESF helps the city of Spitak, along with the regional partners, improve the quality of life of their citizens through bold sustainable energy initiatives, to follow the steps of the 43 MODEL pilot cities. ESF will help Spitak develop actions to encourage citizens, local decision makers and stakeholders in taking their own initiatives, thus preparing the ground for sustainable energy communities. Client: European Commission under the Energy Cities and Lviv Administration consortium.
Development Planning for Energy Saving and Waste Management System Implementation for an Animal Farm, 2011-2017
Within the framework of an advisory project funded under the EBRD Business Advisory Service Programme, a team of ESF experts accomplished the following for the beneficiary pig farm: (i) conducted a research on technologies and techniques used for waste (manure) management in farms of the countries with developed rural economies and delivered recommendations on efficient waste management systems, with the use of energy saving/renewable energy technologies; (ii) developed a business/development plan to position the pig farm company as a reliable and responsible business partner for foreign investors and donors in the field of agriculture. The assignment also included the Environmental Impact Assessment. Client: EBRD BAS
Operation of the Yerevan Condominium Building Energy Efficiency Micro-Lending Revolving Fund (in cooperation with the National Association of Condominium Owners), 2008-2009
Within a multi-lateral memorandum of understanding between the local NGOs and the local authorities, 43 home-owner associations have borrowed micro-loans for common-space energy efficiency improvements in the multi-apartment buildings. The loans were repaid in 6 months and were sized to condominium credit-worthiness. The loans were all fully repaid and no defaults or delays were registered. This created the first precedent of condominium energy efficiency lending in Armenia! Client: USAID
Training for Gumri Condominiums on Building Energy Efficiency, 2006
Training the condominium chairpersons in use and application of a computer-based Building Energy Efficiency Program package to design energy efficiency improvement measures, investment projects and business plans. Client: Third Nature NGO
Stocktaking assessment and analysis of social safety net approaches for supporting energy efficient heating in low-income urban households. 2004
Researched the necessary features of a financing scheme for low-income households’ participation in energy efficient heating investment projects in home-owner associations. Client: Japanese Social Development Foundation
Tips for you
Some facts about heat loss… and tips that will help you save both heat and money
Fact: Almost 30% of all heat leaves your apartment through gaps in your doors and windows.
Tip: Tape the windows and use other insulation measures. Result: The room temperature increases by at least 3-4 degrees.
Fact: Heat also escapes through ventilation openings, especially if you live on the upper floors.
Tip: Cover the vent. Even a piece of cardboard helps. Result: The room temperature will increase by at least 2-3 degrees.
Fact: Electric ventilators tend to draw much out of your apartment.
Tip: Turn off the ventilator when not needed.
Fact: If your radiators are not warm enough, the problem may be in air locks
Tip: To resolve this problem, open the radiator tap until water starts running. Then switch it off.
Fact: Decorative radiator covers absorb up to 20% of a room’s heat. Wall radiators are more effective: radiators situated in niches have 10% less heating capacity than those mounted on a wall.
Tip: Radiators that are uncovered and open to the room are more efficient.
Fact: Placing a foil-covered heat protection screen between the wall and the radiator can increase heating capacity by 20%. Expenses for heating costs decline by as much as 10%.
Tip: Glue foil to the chip board and place it behind the radiator.
Fact: A smooth surfaced radiator increases heating capacity by approximately 10%. A dark colored radiator emits 8-10% more heat than a white one.
Tip: After removing old paint from the radiator and polishing it smooth, paint the radiator dark brown.
Fact: If you have long curtains, almost 20% of heat is trapped and lost through your windows.
Tip: The curtains should not cover the radiator; allow heat to go into the room.
Fact: In winter, at least 10-14% of a room’s heat is lost through the window glass.
Tip: Save heat by covering the window with blind and short curtains.
Fact: Heat losses through the entrance door and broken windows at the staircase may account for 5-15% of a building’s total heat losses.
Tip: Shut the entrance door and glaze the windows at the entrance and staircase. This saves heats for the entire building.
USDOS Professional Fellows program training
Yerevan SEAP Adopted by the Elders Council of Yerevan
In June 2016 the Elders Council of Yerevan adopted the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Yerevan aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 21% by 2020, which also corresponds to 16% reduction in primary energy use. The ESF team developed this SEAP with support from UNDP and in close cooperation with the Development and Investment Programs' Department at Yerevan Municipality.
Energy Efficient Communities' Forum in Armenia
In June 2016, The Union of Communities of Armenia and the Foundation to Save Energy joined to establish the Energy Efficient Communities' Forum in Armenia. This Forum is aimed to serve as the platform for large and small cities, as well as rural communities to share their experiences and lessons learnt, support each other with their limited resources and build intra-national ties for implementation of energy efficiency, energy saving and renewable energy projects, and realization of already adopted Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
highlighting the reforms in energy sector
Within the scope of the #EU4Energy week, a series of events took place from July 3-7 2017 in Yerevan and regions across the country to highlight the reforms in energy sector implemented with the support of the EU. The events also shared views on prospects for fostering sustainable energy in Armenia. Astghine Pasoyan, the Executive Director of Foundation to Save Energy, delivered trainings on energy efficiency in several regions of Armenia within the framework of the energy week. See video for details!
ESF - among Yerevan Climathon Mentors
Yerevan has actively embarked on its journey of implementing the SEAP adopted in 2016. In addition to negotiations on financing for major EE and RE investments, the city has an active calendar of events devoted to energy efficiency and climate change mitigation. On October 27-28, 2017 Yerevan Municipality and the Sustainable Energy Fund hosted a Climate Hackaton where some 30 young people competed on tasks proposed by the ESF to help mitigate the city air quality and carbon footprint. The winner team "Smart City" proposed a low-cost air quality monitoring solution with smart solutions for data synchronization and management.
Celebrating Yerevan's first green lighting week
To celebrate Yerevan's first Green Lighting Week, the 24th PechaKucha Yerevan Night was called “LED’s Think Green” and featured the ESF Director with a talk on what Energy efficiency can do for people, cities and states. The event also featured speakers from the most active environmental organizations in Armenia, UNDP, Municipality of Yerevan, American University of Armenia. The participants talked about developing a green city, running efficient energy technologies and creating a great environment for everybody.
Conference on Sustainable Industrial Development
ESF attended the First Regional Conference on Sustainable Industrial Development: “Promoting Sustainable Energy Solutions and Clean Technologies in CIS Countries” on 22-23 November 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The event was organized by UNIDO.
Training on financing SEAP/SECAP measures
On 27 November 2017, as a Supporter of the Covenant of Mayors, the ESF team helped deliver a training to all the Covenant of Mayors' Signatories on financing SEAP/SECAP measures. The training covered the current financing opportunities, the financing mechanisms and common decisions to be made by communities in their search and choice of financing tools.
The Foundation to Save Energy (ESF) was founded in 2003 and has since worked with a number of donors and NGOs to promote awareness on energy efficiency issues particularly in the residential sector where utility bills are a burden for the low-income households. After the closure of the Alliance to Save Energy’s operations in Yerevan, ESF also continued the Alliance’s mission in Armenia.
The ESF is led by a board of directors comprised of highly experienced, reputable and decorated energy sector experts.
Robert Srapionovich Kharazyan is the President of ESF. Mr. Kharazyan has over five decades of experience of research and teaching in engineering, sustainable energy policy in various countries. Scientific interests are related to the operation modes of combined heat and power plants, optimization of heat consumption in industry, solar water heating and solar-thermal power plants. Over the course of his long tenure in the sector, her has worked at the Ministry of Energy and Fuel, Public Services Regulatory Commission,the Polytechnical Institutes of Armenia and Madagascar. Mr. Kharazyan has extensively worked in advisory functions for the World Bank , USAID, EU TACIS and EBRD programs. He has acted as key author on all Sustainable Energy Action Plans for all Armenian Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors. His consultancy efforts focused on tariff policy for power and thermal energy generation, transmission and distribution activity in power sector, elaboration of the tariff methodology for the CHP technology as well as introduction of renewable energy technologies in Armenia, development of municipal heat energy plans, design and elaboration of feasibility study of heat energy projects that will further develop affordable and sustainable heat energy options for the country and expansion of heat energy infrastructure operations, the use of solar energy in the municipal district heating.
Dr. Tigran Gnuni is the ESF Board Member since the day of foundation. He is the Deputy Director General of the Scientific Research Institute of Energy and a senior engineer with over forty years of experience in the power sector. Has authored over 43 scientific articles, over 50 research papers. Is an experienced educator and trainer. Specializes in energy systems management, tariff policy and modernization of power sector operating modes.
Vahan Sargsyan has three decades of experience in research, planning and model in the power sector and energy efficiency in Armenia in over 20 various projects. Vahan Sargsyan brings significant experience to ESF in elaboration of strategy and policy in the energy sector development, elaboration and realization of the technical policy issues in the field of energy efficiency, analysis of system losses and loss reduction strategies, electrical grid and irrigation system energy audits, as well as capacity building for power sector experts. Dr. Vahan Sargsyan was involved as a local expert in several international projects such as on-going IAEA/INPRO collaborative project “SMALL – Implementation Issues for the Use of Nuclear Power in Small Grid Countries”, UNDP Armenia Contract “Development of GHG Inventory for “Energy” Sector and Mitigation Strategy as an integral part of the Second National Communication” in 2007-2008, EuropeAid “Support to the energy policy of Armenia” in 2007, EUROPEAID-Tacis Project “Gas security supply to Armenia in the framework of the closure of the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant” in 2002-2003 and many others.
Astghine Pasoyan is an expert in EE, a skilled project manager, trainer and policy advocate in CEE and CIS energy efficiency field with over twenty years of experience. Over the past decade Mrs. Pasoyan has managed energy efficiency (EE) planning and legal reform efforts, market assessment and identification of potential for promotion of energy conservation and efficiency in various sectors of economy, managing capacity building, development of financing schemes for building EE investments, analysis of climate change mitigation potential and investment climate for EE and renewable energy in many countries in transition, building energy certification and labelling policy, advocacy on EE in residential and public buildings, national and municipal energy planning, and public outreach. Astghine Pasoyan has acted as principle author for a number of research papers on EE laws and regulations, urban heating and renewable energy, review of 13 country condominium laws, international experience in EE financing, building energy certification and labelling regulations, low-income EE financing schemes. She also managed legal reform and lobbying of heating, EE and renewable energy laws in Armenia, Moldova Ukraine and Kazakhstan, National EE Strategy in Macedonia and National EE Action Plans in most of the West Balkan countries, Ukraine and Moldova, urban heating policy reviews for most SEE and CIS countries consulting for various donors and IFIs.Astghine Pasoyan is a graduate of the Brown University, Providence, RI and the Yerevan State Economic University, Armenia.
Our experts are skilled in research, capacity building and policy advocacy in various spheres of sustainability, including efficiency and sustainable energy use, climate change mitigation, sustainable urban communities, environment and green economy, finance and planning.
Martiros Tsarukyan is ESF's senior expert in Air quality, GHG inventories and Climate Change Mitigation, and transport with about 30 years of experience. Over the past decade has managed national and international Air Quality and Climate Change related projects and legal reform efforts. Develops national methodologies for transport emissions calculations. Works in UNFCCC Reviews as Expert, has served on IPCC for almost two decades.
Natella Mirzoyan is a post-doctorate senior scientist with over 15 years of academic research career with a broad spectrum of expertise in environmental science and with more intense focus in water and wastewater issues. Over the course of her career she has contributed to various scientific research projects and applied initiatives in water and wastewater analysis, quality control, planning and management optimization, pollution control, waste management, aquaculture and food safety, as well as broader environmental management and resilience issues. Has worked in the U.S., Armenia, Israel, and contributed to projects by USAID, EBRD. Authored over 25 scientific articles and papers. Holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dr. Mirzoyan is also an experienced educator and trainer in water, food safety, and environmental science.
Vahan Babajanyan is a senior sustainable energy financial expert with 17 years of experience in corporate and SME Finance, business planning and consulting, financial management, design and delivery of sustainable energy finance training for bankers, design and negotiations for EE & SE project lending and financing. Mr. Babajanyan holds a Master’s Degree from Moscow Economics and Finance Institute and a PhD in Chemical Physics from Moscow Institute of Structural Macro Kinetics.
Karine Taslakyan is an ESF expert with extensive knowledge in Public Affairs, program management/coordination, project cycle management, portfolio management, grant management, PR/communication, donor relations, performance measurement framework, policy analysis, strategic planning, program evaluation, budgeting, project proposal development; energy & environmental policy, climate change, solid waste management, urban planning; disaster risk reduction/ disaster management, due to the Master’s degree at University of Washington, the internships, work experience and participation at professional development trainings. She has vast experience in organizing trainings and seminars, coordinating knowledge management, etc.