The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is recognising outstanding companies and individuals promoting sustainable and efficient use of energy under the EBRD sustainable energy financing framework in Kosovo (KoSEP).
Six exemplary sustainable energy projects in residential and business sectors were recognised at the event, attended by representatives of the government of Kosovo, local authorities, international institutions, the diplomatic community, EBRD participating financial institutions (PFIs) and local companies.
Special awards for commitment in sustainable energy financing were given to three PFIs: TEB, Agjencioni për Financim në Kosovë and Kreditimi Rural i Kosoves LLC.
The awarded projects demonstrated innovative and replicable energy-saving examples, helping to improve innovation and competitiveness in the private sector.
The winners of the KoSEP Sustainable Energy Excellence Awards 2014 are:
Best Energy Efficiency Project in Small Enterprises
Apetit sh.p.k., for investing in new and efficient meat processing machines and cooling chambers. The company achieved the highest energy savings and reductions in CO2 in the business sector.
Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project
NewCo Jugoterm International LLC, for modernising their production equipment and investing in new welding robots. Not only did they save energy, but they also reduced CO2 emissions.
Best Agricultural Energy Efficiency Project
Iliri D. shpk, awarded for replacing an old diesel tractor with a new, more efficient model, which is now saving large amounts of diesel and reducing CO2 emissions.
Most Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Project in the Residential Sector
Mrs Gjylba Dembogaj awarded for investing in energy-efficient windows, thermal insulation for external walls and a new and efficient biomass boiler, generating the highest energy savings and CO2 reductions of all the nominees.
Best Renewable Energy Project in the Residential Sector
Mr Selim Cacaj, awarded for investing in space and water heating from renewable energies with his purchase of a biomass boiler and a solar water-heating system. By implementing such measures, Mr Cacaj is now less dependent on the national power system.
Best Energy Efficiency Project in the Residential Sector
Mr Fadil Hoxha, for decreasing his energy consumption by close to 50 per cent through his investment in new windows, insulation and a biomass heating system, resulting in the highest energy bill cuts.
Special Awards for Outstanding Commitment in Sustainable Energy Financing
These were awarded to all three participating financial institutions (PFIs) and loan officers who have achieved impressive results for KoSEP.