Report on GSWH project: Albania Country Programme (2011)

This report summarises the main activities undertaken in Albania to further SWH market development as part of the 2008-2011 UNEP/GEF Global Water Heating Transformation and Strenghtening Initiative (GSWH Project). The report gives suggestions for future market development in Albania. Firstly, by taking on the proposed legal acts, METE will take an important first step towards the establishment of a fully supportive regulatory framework for SWH. It should continue to harmonise with relevant EU legislation, such as Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

From the experience gained through the project, the document gives suggestions for future market development in Albania. Firstly, by taking on the proposed legal acts, METE will take an important first step towards the establishment of a fully supportive regulatory framework for SWH. It should continue to harmonise with relevant EU legislation, such as Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

The project has also proven that provisions for mandatory SWH installation in new buildings has been an effective policy measure worldwide, and should be introduced in Albania. Here, Tirana can take a leading role. For all the report’s suggestions to be coordinated, the Government should establish a specific public institution covering the SWH market. This will ensure the issue remains on the national agenda, and that Albania can conduct further independent research in the future.

Date: 2011

Author: Zija Kamberi

Pages: 15

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