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September 19, 2019, Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan can now test lighting fixtures in terms of quality and energy efficiency. The Bishkek Center for Testing, Certification and Metrology under the Center for Standardization and Metrology of the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic received support in renovation of a room for a photometric laboratory for US $ 9,500 and received modern photometric laboratory equipment - goniophotometer system, spectroradiometer, photometric ball, calibration lamps and other auxiliary equipment for $ 119.912, with the support of the UNDP implemented, Trust Fund “Russian Federation - United Nations Development Program for Development” financed project.

In August of this year, the EAEU technical regulation “On the requirements for energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices” was adopted, which establishes requirements for energy efficiency of electrical products, as well as requirements for labeling energy-consuming devices and energy efficiency classes, and applies to refrigerators, TVs, computers, washing and dishwashers machines, air conditioners, room fans, water pumps, lighting and other electrical appliances. The technical regulation was developed by the EEC in conjunction with the EAEU countries to ensure the energy efficiency of these devices and thereby save energy. In addition, the EAEU technical regulation will help prevent the actions of unscrupulous entrepreneurs who sometimes mislead consumers about the energy efficiency of such devices and will protect the health of the population and will directly contribute to the development of local manufacturers of high-quality lighting products, protect the interests of investors who will invest in the production of high-quality lighting products . The technical regulation comes into force on September 1, 2021.

Today, Aidin Sharsheev, the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, Aibek Akmoldoev, Stats-Secretary of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic, Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative, and Vadim Cherkmazov, Adviser of the Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic attended the ceremony laboratory equipment transfer.

“The adoption of the EAEU technical regulation“ On the requirements for the energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices ”and the functioning of such a photometric laboratory in the EAEU countries will ensure unimpeded movement of lighting products on the Union’s market, will significantly reduce costs, primarily for manufacturers and suppliers of goods, as well as reduce the amount of low-quality products and equipment with high energy consumption. A new laboratory in the Kyrgyz Republic will also help our energy system to free up certain volumes of capacity to meet the needs of new enterprises and protect the health of the population and children”, - said Aidin Sharsheev.

Energy efficiency and energy saving play a decisive role in the economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic, also because:

- The Kyrgyz Republic is an energy-deficient country and, through its energy resources, covers only 51% of the demand, mainly due to the electricity generated at hydroelectric power stations, the rest is covered by the import of energy resources from neighboring states;

- KR has a huge potential for energy conservation, which is estimated at 35-40% of the total energy consumption;

- The period from 2019 to 2025 is characterized by natural seasonal water shortage for the rivers of Kyrgyzstan and the Toktogul water reservoir (the main supplier of electric energy), including the issues of energy conservation and energy efficiency for Kyrgyzstan during this period become extremely relevant;

- Analysis of the fuel and energy balance of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2005-2016. shows that the volume of fuel and energy resources production in the country increased over this period by 9.3% with an increase in consumption by 25.7%, which significantly complicates the process of satisfying consumer demand for energy resources due to their shortage.

“Kyrgyzstan has opted to increase energy efficiency by introducing energy-efficient and high-quality and health-friendly lighting solutions in the public sector, with a focus on education. With 2,200 secondary schools across the country, there is a huge potential for saving energy by retrofitting lighting systems to high-quality energy-efficient ones. With the transition to energy-efficient LED lighting, there is a very close connection between energy efficiency, health, and educational performance. With better quality and lighting in classrooms, students will enjoy a healthier study environment and can attain better educational achievement”, - said UNDP Resident Representative Louise Chamberlain.

A controlled purchase of 30 items of electric lamps purchased in Bishkek in 2018 and examined in a certified photometric laboratory in Minsk, carried out in 2018, showed that only the lamps of Philips and the Maili-Sui electric lamp plant received the highest test results. All other lamps did not meet the declared quality. Practice shows that children suffer from poor-quality lighting products that are ubiquitous in schools, universities, and kindergartens of the country and there is a huge amount of work to reformat government procurements for the purchase of high-quality lighting products.

UNDP has also supported the important enabling legislation, in particular, a new building standard for natural and artificial lighting has been enacted, new sanitary rules and standards and the national program on energy efficiency and energy saving are now underway.

The lab will further allow the country to be able to protect the Kyrgyz market from low energy efficient and counterfeit lighting products. Photometric equipment, simply put, helps producers and government to measure brightness and quality standards of LED lighting. It helps assess the quality of LED lights, and a necessary tool for improving the market.

the Photometric Lab capacity in Kyrgyzstan will contribute to sustainable development in three key ways:

Firstly, it will help the country implement its voluntary commitments to reduce Greenhouse Gases under the Paris Agreement. We look forward to the Paris Agreement being ratified by the Jogorku-Kenesh and understand this will happen shortly. This is indeed a first-ever landmark agreement bringing all nations to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries towards sustainable low carbon future; especially promoting investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.

Secondly, it helps the country adapt to market requirements and access relevant markets in the Eurasian Economic Union, by responding and directly contributing to the implementation of the Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union “On requirements for the energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices”, which will become mandatory in two years from now; in this sense, it also paves the way for continued efforts in advancing the concept of the Green Economy in Kyrgyzstan with the development of green energy and energy-saving measures. And besides strengthening the markets of Kyrgyzstan and the Eurasian Economic Union, it will contribute to economic development by directly supporting local businesses in producing high-quality lighting devices;

Third, and last but not least, the people of Kyrgyzstan will benefit by more than 1,1 million students and teachers from those 2,200 secondary schools enjoying good quality and health-friendly lighting, which will create improved school and study environments.

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