Syria, UNDP punt energy-efficient building

Syria, UNDP collaborate on energy-efficient building code.

Damascus, capital of Syria.
Damascus, capital of Syria.

Syria and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a project document for an energy-efficiency building code within the framework of the joint regional cooperation programme 2007-2011.

The total cost of the project was estimated at $15million. It provides for 15 pilot projects throughout Syria.

The project aims at reducing carbon dioxide emission associated with the use of electricity in buildings through a new energy-efficient building code based on performance, including efficiency standards for energy consumption and energy-saving products.

Minister of Electricity Ahmad Qussai Kayali said that “raising energy efficiency will help reduce the energy consumption of buildings by up to 20%.”

UNDP resident representative Ismael Wild al-Sheikh Ahmed said the project will have a positive impact on the electricity sector, as well as sustainable development, energy and the environment.

Syria issued a building thermal insulation code in 2007, and energy efficiency for home appliance labels and standards in 2008, in addition to an energy conservation law in 2009.

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