|Energy Efficiency Developments in Macedonia|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:04|
If Macedonia wants to follow the EU guidelines for energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources, then it should renovate 1.157 square metres of residential and business units (i.e. 838,000 square metres of private and 328,000 square metres of public property).
In order to implement this, the construction sector should hire another 9,800 to 14,000 new employees, or train the current employees to implement energy efficiency measures. The new employees should have expertise in construction of energy efficient buildings and energy infrastructure. Initial calculations show that the training would cost 100 to 300 euros per employee or 4.5 million euros for 1,500 people. This year should see the handing in of the first ‘energy passports’ to buildings. “The passports will not increase the buildings’ price and will serve as a quality assurance. It will be pointed out what type of construction materials have been used i.e. A+, A++ etc,” pointed out Lazar Gecevski, head of the Energy Agency of RM. In line with the new EU directive, as of 1 January 2014, each country (including Macedonia) should implement at least 3 % energy efficiency at an annual level, and by 2018 each country should implement at least 9 % energy efficiency.
Sources: Dnevnik; Utrinski Vesnik; Kanal 5; Sitel; MIA