Roundtable discussion with representatives from Tirana Municipality, Municipal Council and experts.
A meeting with representatives of Tirana Municipality, Municipal Council and experts on energy efficiency in Tirana was held on December 1st, 2017. The participants were introduced to some of the data from the study conducted by EcoAlbania and EDEN Center on “energy poverty” and energy performance in Tirana. They discussed on the different ways of interpretation the collected data, as well as on the concrete steps that should be taken in addressing the problems.
The Municipal Council representatives expressed their interest on the detailed information of the study, as well as their commitment to propose policies for the facilitation of taxes for the constructors that will bring energy efficient buildings in the market. They also proposed to present the problematic evidenced from the study and afterwards opening the discussion with Tirana Municipality towards the improvement of the situation.
Mr. Gjergji Simaku, Director of the Department of Policies, Energy & Industry Development Strategy, at the Ministry of Energy and Industry, explained some of the steps that the central government will pursue in order to achieve the standards for energy efficiency in the sectors of construction and transportation. He emphasized the creation of the “Agency for Energy Efficiency”, a new structure of the ministry. The first generation of energy auditors is foreseen to be certified soon. The central government plans the creation of a national register for energy efficiency of constructions. “After the audit of all buildings, these will be provided with the energy certificate and will be listed in the register.” – said Mr. Simaku.