On March 16, 2018, Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) awarded the winners of the second round of the national contest among mass media and bloggers for the best coverage of the theme of efficient and frugal use of resources (material, financial, labor resources, time, health, etc.) in Kyrgyzstan.
It is heartening to note that more than 120 works were submitted to participate in the second round of the contest, held between January 1, 2018, and February 28, 2018.
The contest committee, comprised of the representatives of EBRD, EU, and KyrSEFF Program and an independent expert, received materials on the following topics:
In her greeting speech during the award ceremony, Ms. Mia-Fatima Dubois-Boussaid, Project Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, noted that saving energy and water allows Kyrgyzstan become more resilient to climate change. She stressed that by investing in energy efficient homes in Kyrgyzstan, the EU is investing the creation of a more affordable, healthier and more comfortable living environment for citizens and notably the most vulnerable segments of the society.
«KYRSEFF II is a rational continuation of the excellent cooperation between EU and Kyrgyzstan already ongoing. In the eyes of the EU, Kyrgyzstan has proven itself a pioneer in many aspects of sustainable energy.
KyrSEFF II will last 5 years and from the EU’s side, we have allocated 9.6 million Euro to it. It is a very tangible reward for companies that have invested in energy efficiency, in low carbon technology and wastewater management. This new facility goes beyond energy efficiency and includes water resource efficiency investments in Kyrgyz homes and businesses», – said Ms. Mia-Fatima Dubois-Boussaid.
Mr. Azamat Ibraimov, the EBRD representative, also highlighted the importance of promoting resource efficiency: “We, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, pay great attention to energy efficiency projects. SEFF programs, supported by EBRD, are being implemented not only in Kyrgyzstan but in many other countries, too. Financing the SEFF projects we are witnessing an improvement in the business sector, its increasing resilience as well as the resilience of the region as a whole.”
According to the National Manager of KyrSEFF Program, Ms. Nurzat Abdyrasulova, highlighting successful cases in the mass media in the Kyrgyz Republic does not only raise awareness but also demonstrates that everything is possible and can be done at the local level.
Based on the evaluation criteria, the contest committee has selected 9 winners in the following nominations:
I)For Thematic Loyalty (prize: KGS 21 000 or EUR 250)
Awarded for a systematic and complete media coverage of the theme of resource saving and energy efficiency on television, radio, print, and Internet platforms or social networks (at least 5 materials during each individual competitive stage):
II) For Mastery and Professionalism (prize: KGS 25 200 or EUR 300)
Awarded to journalists for the best material (radio, television, printed and online material) or a series of materials covering the topic of energy efficiency and resource saving in Kyrgyzstan:
Each of the winners received a diploma and prize money. And we would like to remind that the third round of the contest is in full swing.
For detailed information about the contest, please follow the link: https://goo.gl/X3TqYH (in Russian).