The medical centre “Diagnostik” in the city of Isfana in the Batken region of Kyrgyzstan launched a campaign for villagers who need medical assistance, but are under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action under the motto “Elim ooruba” – “Do not get sick, my people” offers free medical care to habitants of the cities of Isfana, Sulyukta, and surrounding villages. In the framework of this action, “Diagnostik” provides specialist consultations with cardiologists, therapists, and gynecologists, first aid, and emergency tests for citizens who are in urgent need of medical care.
“Now that all public attention is given to the coronavirus, people tend to forget that there are other illnesses that require continuous medical follow-up,” says owner and director of the medical centre “Diagnostik” Mrs Jarkynay Ganyieva. “Since the introduction of the state of emergency in Batken, we have been receiving numerous calls from different parts of the region, because people are not allowed to leave their villages due to lockdown,” said Mrs Ganyieva. Three teams of five medical experts of different specialties travel from village to village. Upon arrival, they are accompanied by a local doctor who has a list of people in need of medical care. “Diagnostik” expects to provide 300 to 400 people with free medical assistance during a one-week period. The medical centre “Diagnostik” benefitted from KyrSEFF’s support for insulation and installation of energy efficient windows and water-saving technologies in summer 2019. These measures allow to save 93 tonnes of water annually, and to cut the consumption of coal for heating purposes by four, which prevents 72 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions per year.
Location Tash-Dobo, Kyrgyzstan Investment Walls, floor, and ceiling insulation, installation of a high-efficiency boiler
Investment amount US$ 17,195
Grant Amount US$ 3,152
Energy Saving 37.3 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 28.8 tonnes per year
Homeowners in the regions of Kyrgyzstan are beginning to transform their homes: as they expand their dwellings, they also make them more energy efficient.
Zamirbek Jakypov had rented an apartment for many years. His wish was to get his own spacious house for his family of six. In 2019, Mr. Jakypov purchased a plot in the Tash-Dobo village of Alamudun district and started the construction of his house.
“When we bought the land, we wanted to build the house as fast as possible, to be able to quickly move into our new home”, said Zamirbek Jakypov.
For this purpose, he applied new rapid construction technologies. Within a few months, the main construction works were completed, but the family still needed funds for the insulation of the building. “I have four children and it is important that the house is really warm and economical in terms of heating. After visiting a number of banks, I applied for a KyrSEFF loan,” explained Mr. Jakypov.
The KyrSEFF loan is amounting to US$ 17,195 allowed Zamirbek Jakypov to conduct the full insulation of his house. He installed energy-efficient windows and a highly efficient boiler and insulated the walls and ceiling. With the US$ 3,152 grant, Mr. Jakypov plans to complete the interior decoration of the house.
KyrSEFF consultants have estimated that as a result of this investment in the insulation of the newly constructed house, energy savings will represent 37.3 MWh per year, and CO2 emissions will be reduced by 28.8 tonnes annually.
The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million.
To reward the successful implementation of energy-saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).
Location Chunkurchak, Kyrgyzstan Investment Installation of a water treatment plant
Financial results: Payback period of 10 years Investment amount US$ 100,000
Grant Amount US$ 15,000
Energy Saving 3.26 MWh/year
CO2 reduction 0.17 tons/year Water Saving 20,016 m3/year
Water is the natural wealth of Kyrgyzstan, which has to be preserved. The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) provides funding for water-saving measures, thus enabling small and medium-sized businesses in Kyrgyzstan to protect the country’s water resources.
The “Supara” ethnographic complex is a hotel complex located 40 kilometers outside of Bishkek and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Chunkurchak. This project reflects the cultural traditions of the Kyrgyz people and the life of their ancestors. Only natural materials such as stone, clay, straw, and leather were used for the construction of the hotel suites. In this sense, the project fits into the “ecotourism” movement; therefore, the responsible use of energy resources and water is also an important component of the “Supara” brand.
In September 2019, the hotel, which serves up to 450-500 guests all year round, replaced its wastewater treatment plant thanks to a KyrSEFF loan.
“We were not satisfied with the quality of the previous wastewater treatment plant. It did not provide for optimal water quality at the outlet”, said Belek Mambetov, the Financial Director of “Supara”. “We analyzed the water quality ourselves and found out that it did not meet the state standard. So we decided to replace the plant with a new one, made in Hungary, corresponding to high European quality standards”, he added. The KyrSEFF team reviewed the project and technology selected by the client, assessing potential energy savings, as well as financial and technical parameters and risks. The investment of US$ 100,000 allows “Supara” to save US$ 12,524 in water savings annually, which corresponds to a payback period of 10 years.
The new equipment, thanks to a two-stage anaerobic wastewater treatment technology, achieves 95% water purity at the outlet, making it suitable for irrigation. Thus, “Supara” will reduce the consumption of clean water for irrigation by 30%, which amounts to more than 20,000 cubic meters per year.
“Our guests, both local and foreign, do pay attention to the environmental aspect of their stay at “Supara” because the complex is located in such a beautiful place. It is important for all of us to keep the surrounding nature clean”, said Mambetov. The successful implementation of the project to improve resource efficiency has allowed “Supara” to receive an additional grant from the European Union, amounting to 15% of the loan.
Investor Makhabat Matayeva Location Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Investment Insulation of the whole building
Financial results Payback of 5 years Investment amount US$ 14,323
Grant Amount US$ 2,861
Energy Saving 56.41 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 41.84 tonnes per year
The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) helped a small sewing shop gain a foothold in the garment industry by increasing its energy savings and improving working conditions.
Makhabat Matayeva owns a sewing shop in Bishkek, which employs more than 30 people. The production is mostly exported to Russia and Kazakhstan. Against the background of growing demand and competition, the entrepreneur realized that it is necessary to increase production capacities, with an emphasis on energy saving.
For more than ten years, Mrs. Matayeva rented premises for the workshop. This meant additional costs and extra effort to ensure a comfortable working environment for her employees. In 2019, Mrs. Matayeva learned about KyrSEFF and decided to invest in the energy-efficient renovation of her own premises to be turned into a workshop.
Cooperation between Makhabat Matayeva and KyrSEFF started with a consultation on available modern green technologies and the evaluation of her project. Based on these consultations, the KyrSEFF engineers recommended carrying out insulation of the whole building in order to achieve maximum benefits from energy-saving. This included thermal insulation of the walls, floor, and ceiling, as well as the installation of energy-efficient windows and a high-efficiency gas boiler.
Makhabat Matayeva received a US$ 14,323 loan for energy-saving measures from Optima Bank, one of KyrSEFF partner banks. This investment, which has a payback period of 5 years, is expected to save 56.41 MWh of energy annually, and reduce CO2 emissions by 56.41 tonnes per year. For the successful implementation of resource-saving measures, the sewing shop will receive a grant of US$ 2,861 from the European Union.
“Due to premises being rented, we often had to focus on solving household problems, such as providing heat or lighting for employees, instead of producing and expanding the range of clothing, and increasing the customer base. We were anxious that the landlords might unexpectedly terminate the contract. Now that we moved into our new warm and bright building, the workers are very happy and can focus on work. We also plan to create recreation areas for them in the future,” said Makhabat Matayeva.
This is just one example among more than 175 enterprises and organizations that have benefited from KyrSEFF’s support in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy-saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).
At Kelechek, both the product and the production process are energy efficient
Improves energy efficiency at a production company with KyrSEFF’s support
Investor Kelechek LLC
Location Bostery, Kyrgyzstan Investment New modern production line Investment amount US$ 224,295
Grant Amount US$ 22,429 Energy Saving 315.7 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 16.3 tonnes per year
Kelechek LLC, based in the village of Bostery, Issyk-Kul region in Kyrgyzstan, has been operating on the Kyrgyz construction market for more than 20 years. The company mainly specializes in producing PVC windows and doors and installing automated heating systems in apartment buildings. According to Taalaybek Joldoshev, director of Kelechek LLC, the volume of orders for windows in the region is small and seasonal – mainly in spring and summer. To expand its market share, in 2018 the company decided to open a branch in Bishkek.
The company applied to KyrSEFF for a funding amount of US$ 224,295. With these funds, the company purchased a new automated and energy efficient PVC window and door production line from a manufacturing plant in Turkey. In January 2019, the installation of the new production line was completed.
Thanks to the funding, the company increased its production capacity from 15m² to 300m² of windows and from 5m² to 100m² of PVC doors per day of better quality. As the profits of Kelechek LLC increased, an additional 25 jobs were created in the company.
According to the KyrSEFF team’s calculations, the implementation of the project will reduce the energy consumption of the facility by 34% or 315.7 MWh per year while increasing production efficiency, and reduce harmful CO2 emissions by 16.3 tonnes per year.
For the successful implementation of the energy efficiency project, Kelechek LLC was awarded a US$ 22,429 grant, representing 10% of the loan amount.
Better energy efficiency improves the competitiveness of the company
Investor LLC Smart Logistic
Location Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Investment Walls and floor insulation
Financial results Payback of 9 years
Investment amount US$ 466,935
Grant Amount US$ 70,040
Energy Saving 397 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 20.58 tonnes per year
KyrSEFF creates conditions for increasing trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and countries of near and far abroad.
Smart Logistiс LLC has been present in the Kyrgyz logistics market for over 11 years. The company owns more than 10,000 m² of warehouse area, which they lease to other companies for the storage of various goods. Due to the increased demand for reliable and safe warehouses in Bishkek, the company’s management decided to expand the warehouse to old Soviet-style buildings, which used to be a confectionery factory. The building needed complete reconstruction to meet high international standards for storage conditions of goods, as well as with regard to energy resources use. In 2018, the company approached KyrSEFF for a loan and for consultation services. KyrSEFF’s engineers and financial experts analyzed the planned investments, focusing on the energy saving potential, technical and financial parameters, and environmental aspects. The partner bank, KICB, then approved the project plan for the modernisation of the building.
KyrSEFF consultants have estimated that as a result of the $467,000 investment in the renovation project of the old building, the new logistics center will save 452.5 MWh of energy and reduce CO2 emissions by 20.58 tonnes annually. The total energy savings will amount to US$ 9,731 per year.
As a reward for the successful implementation of resource-saving measures, Smart Logistics will receive a grant of US$ 70,040 from the European Union. “Thanks to the KyrSEFF loan and the related investments, we can provide a full range of third party logistics services: delivery, targeted storage, and warehousing to supply chain management”, said Aliakper Gabibov, CEO of Smart Logistics.
Today, the 8,000 m² warehouse is fully computerized and needs to be serviced by no more than 50 people. The room has 5 sections for storing goods of different sizes, as well as a mezzanine room for the safe storage of pharmaceutical products and small valuable objects. The company has the opportunity to receive goods by railroad tracks, and unload 8 trucks at the same time.
impacts on the quality of water, soil and air is one of the core tasks of a
sustainable business. “Ak-Tilek”, a small resort located in the Sokuluk
district, used the opportunities provided by the KyrSEFF program to install a
wastewater treatment facility.
The Ak-Tilek resort is
located in the picturesque Belogorka gorge on the shores of the Shabai River in
the Sokuluk district. It is a popular destination not only among those admiring
the beauty of nature but those interested in improving their health by drinking
kumys. The clean air and mountains are also perfect conditions for sportsmen to
Dozens of villages are
located downstream from the resort. Their citizens use the river water for
daily needs, and that is why the installation of a treatment facility was not
only an issue of environmental protection but also one of people’s access to
At the end of 2017, the
resort used a KyrSEFF loan to invest USD 19,000 in a modern wastewater
treatment facility. Scaled for up to 75 people, the plant provides sewage
treatment meeting the established sanitary norms and regulations, which allow
the water to be dispersed into the local terrain or to be used for irrigation
of gardens and fields.
“I love my country and cherish its beauty. Three years ago, when we started our business in this territory, we considered the installation of a modern wastewater treatment facility. Indeed, polluting the crystal clear river water, used both by us and people living downriver, is not only irresponsible but can also be considered as an “environmental sin,” – says Omor Dzhumanazarov, the resort owner.
The process of
wastewater treatment includes several consecutive stages of mechanical and
biological treatment. Sewage is first pumped into a tank for mechanical
treatment where insoluble and large particles are ground.
After that, the
wastewater undergoes a biological treatment stage, which is based on
microorganisms that feed on certain pollutants. Purified water is then diverted
to the ground through a drainage system with an area of 120 sq. m. If
necessary, it can be pumped into a plastic tank and be used later for watering.
The Asia Water Build
Company installed the system in only one month.
“Of course we could have installed a lower-cost treatment facility, but treatment efficiency would have been much worse. We did not set a goal for the system to pay off its value, and that is why we turned to a company that ensures almost 100% assurances. The system treats 94% of the polluted water, the remaining 6% is purified naturally by the drainage system,” – shares Omor Dzhumanazarov.
The resort is actively
preparing for the upcoming tourist season. Apart from the installation of the
wastewater treatment facility also installed energy-efficient LED lighting in
the buildings, adding an energy-saving component to their project.
For the successful
implementation of the project, Ak-Tilek resort received a US $2,856 cash-back
grant, funded by the European Union. As a result of the investment, Ak-Tilek
resort will benefit from annual water savings of 5,832 m3, energy savings of
29.4 MWt-h, and 1.3 tons CO2 emission reductions.
In 2017, the Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility and the Small Business Advisory Program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development funded the first energy-efficient apartment building project – Nurlan LLC – where renewable energy equipment was introduced.
How it all started
is engaged in the construction of apartment buildings in the capital city of
Kyrgyzstan. In one of the districts of Bishkek (Solnechny), Nurlan LLC is
working on the construction of five nine-storey buildings, four of which have
been put into operation.
Due to problems related to the connection of the houses to the central heating network, they were equipped with electric heating systems. However, this fact caused a lot of inconvenience to the apartment owners due to high costs and periodic power supply failures. Therefore, it was decided to build the 5th building differently and to introduce alternative energy sources in it.
Investment and consulting support by the EBRD
One of the priorities of the EBRD is to promote the use of green technologies in Kyrgyzstan, which can make a significant contribution to the development of a green economy. To accomplish this task, EBRD has successfully implemented the Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility and a small business consultancy program, with the support of which hundreds of successful energy-efficient practices have already been implemented.
innovative project of Nurlan LLC was supported by two EBRD programs. Thus, within
KyrSEFF investment support of US $57,882 was provided to install RES equipment
and a grant from the European Union of US $14,469 will be awarded. The small
business consultancy program allocated 8,741 euros in grants to attract a
consultant to the company NurSun Energy LLC, and that amount is 75% of the net
cost of the consulting project.
system, solar collector and heat pump, is fully automated and can be remotely controlled
via the Internet. The automatic control system constantly reads data from
temperature sensors and provides the house with hot water and heat. The
percentage of energy savings due to the use of solar systems will be 70-80% for
domestic hot water supply and 30-40% for heating. The system will produce up to
2000 liters of hot water a day. The company will be engaged in maintenance and
will be responsible for coordinating the meters in the house, invoicing hot
water, heating, and electricity and collecting money for utilities.
Erkin Saitov, General Director of Nurlan LLC:
“According to our calculations, the implemented energy-saving measures will allow our residents to pay 20% less for the energy they use than they would pay the Bishkek CHP. I would like the program developers to consider in the future the possibility of subsidizing the purchase of renewable energy equipment of European quality, which would be of serious help for entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan”.
bringing innovations through energy-efficient
construction in Kyrgyzstan. Thanks to this project, Kyrgyz citizens will be
able to learn about the advantages of living in an apartment building built in accordance
with international standards, using solar and air energy.
houses will be competitive in the housing market. High-quality European
equipment provides significant resource-saving, and, importantly, meets the
requirements of the KyrSEFF program. According to the consultants of the
KyrSEFF program, the measures implemented will result in an annual savings of
110 MWh / yr and CO2 reduction of 5.69 tons.
This project is an example of a subsequent
introduction of changes and amendments to the building regulations, namely the
heating and hot water supply for apartment buildings. Subsequently, this should
lead to an increase in the use of such technologies.
February 13, 2020, the trainees’ delegation from the European Union visited
projects implemented within the framework of KyrSEFF+. Before the visit, the trainees received
general information on the objectives, mechanisms, and results of KyrSEFF’s
activities from Nurzat
Abdyrasulova, KyrSEFF project manager.
During the site visit, the participants visited the sewing workshop of Mrs. Makhabat Mataeva, a modern warehouse by ST Logistik, and Hostel Apple. All three sites have successfully implemented measures for energy conservation. The owners of the companies told the EU trainees in detail about the challenges that pushed them to introduce resource-saving technologies, and about the benefits and results obtained after implementation. They also spoke about their partnership with KyrSEFF and the results of their co-operation.
The participants of the events noted that the
visits to the sites of the success stories were interesting.
group of six trainees were accompanied by Bakyt Aituganov, KyrSEFF project
manager in EUD, and also by three other KyrSEFF representatives.
The investor has big family with 6 children and 14 grandchildren. In 2017 he renovated his old house and installed new windows and insulated his roof and floors. Before investing into these improvements, the family used 4-5 tonnes of coal in the winter. After insulating the building and installing new high efficiency windows, coal consumption was reduced to 2.5 tonnes. Also, the family is now able to enjoy all rooms of a warm and comfortable home during the winter. Because the new windows don`t lose much energy heat, there is practically no need to heat the house during the day.