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Warm solutions to decades-(c)old problem in Banja Luka


A new project to overhaul a district heating system in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka could save up to 20,000 tons of CO₂ each year and €4.5 million in heating costs. 

The new project launched in Banja Luka’s City Hall today will feed into an action plan for securing major efficiency gains for the city’s district heating system, bringing both financial and climate benefits.

The city’s heating network - the second-largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina - experiences significant losses during energy transport and end-use. Boilers used in the heating system currently have an average age of 35 years and lose up to 60% of generated heat, while poor insulation means that up to 40% of heat supplied is then lost in the district’s buildings. 

To tackle the problem, the City requested help from the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The project will conduct city-wide mapping of the energy flow in the heating system and identify leaks using an unmanned aerial drone equipped with a thermal camera. The potential efficiency gains discovered would feed into an action plan for modernising the heating system.

District heating is one of the biggest sources of GHG emissions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Initial calculations demonstrate that modernising the heating network could reduce fuel consumption by 27% or 4,500 tons of crude oil each year - corresponding to a reduction of 20,000 tons of CO₂ each year and €4.5m in fuel cost savings for the City. 

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New climate and air quality monitoring stations for Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNEP has opened two new air monitoring stations in Bosnia Herzegovina and brought two existing ones back to full function, significantly helping the country monitor climate and air quality in line with national and EU law and prevent further illnesses and deaths from outdoor pollution.

Thanks to the new and refurbished stations - located in the cities of Prijedor and Goražde - accurate data will be available to monitor climate changes and announce pollution alerts to the general public, as well as to measure the impact of policy measures to improve air quality. 

The move to boost air quality monitoring was announced at the Bosnia Herzegovina’s Parliamentary Assembly today in an event organised by UNEP together with the country’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations. 

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Calling all photographers!

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a call for photographs to highlight the interactions between societies, economies and the environment  - both positive and negative - across the Pan-European region.

Categories include green cities, air quality/pollution, renewable energies and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. 

Selected photographs will be used in the GEO-6 Pan-European regional assessment report and/or in other relevant UNEP communications and publication materials for the region.

Photographs must have been taken in the Pan-European region. To view a full list of countries and photograph categories and for details on how to submit entries, please click here.

Submissions can be made in all official UN languages until 1 March 2016.

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