EFFORT: Enhancing Facilities for a Future with an Optimal Resource and Energy Efficiency Trajectory

The overall project objective:

To improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in the two municipalities and substantially decreasing the energy consumption, by implementing innovative equipment and further promoting sustainable building management practices. The project also aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between the two municipalities, promoting cross-border cooperation and the sharing of experiences and best practices related to energy efficiency.

Some of the expected results of the project are:

  1. Evaluation and energy audit of 10 public buildings in Mirditë Municipality and Junik Municipality;
  2. Drafting of local Energy Efficiency Plans (including strategic measures for energy reduction/saving) to be implemented in a short-term period at the local level.
  3. Drafting of technical projects for the installation of innovative equipment (photovoltaic panels, central heating system and thermal insulation).
  4. Installation of innovative energy-saving equipment by the 3rd year of the project (photovoltaic panels in 10 public buildings), including piloting the installation of a thermal heating system in a building in Junik and thermal insulation in a building in Mirdita.
  5. Capacity building in terms of improving energy efficiency practices, to identify energy saving opportunities and effectively manage equipment through a comprehensive training program that contributes to a more sustainable and cost-effective operation of public facilities.
  6. Informing the local community and mainly students and interest groups in both units about energy efficiency practices through awareness activities and educational initiatives carried out by the project.

Contracting Authority: European Commission
Program: Cross-border program Albania – Kosovo, Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II)
Beneficiaries:  Mirditë Municipality, Junik Municipality, Co-PLAN
Duration: 36 months, December 2023 – December 2026

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