A Public Seminar on Energy Efficiency in AUA

A public seminar “Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Market-Based Instruments and Mechanisms” took place in the American University of Armenia on March 18th, 2015. The seminar was organized in the framework of the “Planning and implementation of actions for raising awareness of local actors on energy issues in daily life” activity of the BSBEEP project.

Energy efficiency policy expert Astghine Pasoyan presented various types of financing mechanisms and instruments appropriate for energy efficiency in buildings, along with some partnership schemes for effective use of these financial instruments. She emphasized market-based solutions and their ability to mobilize large-scale change. She also discussed important lessons learned from successful financing mechanisms in operation today throughout the world.

The public seminar had more than 50 attendees, among which were AUA students, majoring in science and engineering, different experts in energy efficiency field, and government officials represented by the deputy minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia Hayk Harutyunyan.

The seminar was broadcast live by online media outlet CivilNet TV. The link to their coverage is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjjQ7wEHldg

The seminar was also recorded by AUA’s two camcorders, the link to the recording is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JKH8CXACts
Background information about Astghine Pasoyan:

Astghine Pasoyan is a seasoned expert in energy efficiency and a skilled project manager in Southeast European and CIS countries with about twenty years of experience and over $15 million fundraising record and managed project portfolio. Over the past decade has managed energy efficiency (EE) planning and legal reform efforts, market assessment and identification of potential for promotion of energy conservation and efficiency in various sectors of economy, capacity building, development of financing schemes for building EE investments and public outreach. She has acted as principle author for a number of research papers on EE laws and regulations, urban heating and renewable energy, review of 13 country condominium laws, international experience in EE financing, building energy certification and labeling regulations, low-income EE financing schemes, etc. She also managed legal reform and lobbying of heating, EE and renewable energy laws in Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova, National EE Strategy in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and National EE Action Plans (NEEAPs) in most of the West Balkan countries, Ukraine and Moldova, urban heating policy reviews for most SEE & CIS countries. Experience includes energy saving potential assessment and economic modeling skills, climate change and investment climate for EE and renewable energy in countries in transition, building energy certification and labeling policy, advocacy on EE in residential and public buildings, municipal energy planning. Established four revolving funds assisting housing associations in implementing residential EE projects, and most recently has been helping the INOGATE Energy Saving Initiative in Buildings develop EE lending for condominiums, as well as advised EBRD on feasibility and reform in residential EE lending.