Naturvernforbundet develops energy activites in Caucasus and Central Asia

SPARE coordinators and pupils in front of school number 15 in Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports SPARE and practical energy projects in Caucasus, Central Asia and Moldova by 4,2 million NOK. By this Naturvernforbundet can apply positive experience from practical energy projects in the region, and will in cooperation with local partners promote efficient energy issues on national level in several of our project countries in the region.
SPARE is the international educational project of Naturvernforbundet. In the end of April coordinators from 11 countries met in Karaganda, Kazakhstan to discuss results and development of educational - and practical energy activities. The participation in SPARE is higher than ever, with 3 000 schools and 150 000 pupils in 2007-2008.

A pleasant part of the meeting programme has been to announce winners of the annual international SPARE competition. 43 winners of different categories from 10 national competitions was nominated, which had climate change and reduction of greenhouse gases as main theme.

All the countries in the region have problems with energy supply. The last winter countries like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan faced more severe lack of energy than ever. At the same time energy use is highly inefficient, and utilization of renewable energy is far from the potential.

Through SPARE Naturvernforbundet together with its local partners has developed a number of low cost measures for efficient energy use and utilization of renewable. During the stay in Karaganda, the coordinators also visited practical energy projects implemented by the host organisation, Ecoobraz. Educational buildings of Kazakhstan have in general windows of very poor conditions, and the indoor temperature during winter period goes down to 5-10 degrees.

School number 15 of Shakhtinsk outside Karaganda restored the first windows last summer, and has monitored the impact. The temperature in the classrooms after insulation is 5-10 C higher then in the not yet improved rooms. The undertaken measures is simply changing broken glasses, sealing glass to the frame by silicon, as well as adding special weather strips to the window frame in order to reduce infiltration from the windows. With temperatures down to minus 40 and frequent wind over the steppe surrounding the city, these measures are highly appreciated by teachers and students.

All SPARE participant countries have been working on trainings and practical implementation of windows restoration and the work continue in 2008. Windows are among the greatest sources for heat losses in buildings. Improved energy efficiency through windows restoration will reduce energy consumption and thus emission of greenhouse gases.

Other practical energy activities implemented within the project are insulation of educational buildings, trainings on self construction of solar water heaters, energy efficient greenhouses and efficient stoves.

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Internatonal SPARE coordinators with diplomas from the international SPARE competition.

Kazakh school windows are in bad condition... From school No. 15 in Shakhtinsk.

Teacher Svetlana Bylinskaya at school 15 is showing the improved windows.