Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Air pollution is
one of the most pressing issues facing Mongolia – even moreso in its capital
Ulaanbaatar, where the Government of Mongolia has declared air pollution a
national emergency. In this regard, Geres INGO implemented the Switch Off Air
Pollution project between 2018-2022, funded by the European Union’s Switch Asia
Programme, under which 1,546 households implemented energy efficient solutions,
73 construction brigades were trained, and 3,556 CO2 emissions were avoided.

 

As a continuation
of the project, Geres Mongolia has launched the second phase of the project –
Switch Off Air Pollution in Mongolian Cities (SOAP 2) – in 2022 with funding
from the European Union’s Switch-Asia Programme, the Abbe Pierre Foundation,
the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action, and the French Development
Agency to improve the energy efficiency of detached houses in urban areas and
contribute to reducing air pollution and maximizing health, economic, and
social benefits.

 

At the inception event
of the SOAP 2 project, held on December 7, the project team and implementing
partners presented the activities and expected outcomes of the project,
discussed next steps, and conducted a field visit to households that implemented
energy-efficient solutions under the ‘Simple Solutions’ campaign, aimed at
encouraging simple and affordable DIY insulation solutions.

The Ambassador of the
French Republic to Mongolia
Sébastien Surun, Delegation of the European
Union to Mongolia Policy Attache Paola Vestlund, and Geres Mongolia Country
Director Eliane Jarry delivered opening remarks to open the event, with
attendance from over 60 representatives from the private sector, financial
institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations, and
implementing partners.

 “Under the first
phase of the project, we built an energy delivery model that connects each of
the actors – supplies, brigades, energy auditors, financial institutions,
authorities, and of course, those who wish to insulate their homes,” said
Eliane Jarry, Country Director of Geres Mongolia. “Over the next four years,
the engagement of multilateral stakeholders is even more important to reinforce
this energy delivery model and contribute to decreasing air pollution in
Mongolia.

 

The SOAP 2 project
aims to train 160 MSMEs, encourage 5,900 households to implement energy-efficient insulation solutions, and decrease CO2 emissions by 17,700 tons from
2022 to 2026 and is implemented by Geres Mongolia, Building Energy Efficiency
Center, Mongolian National Construction Association, Mongolian Green Finance
Corporation, and the Mongolian Women’s Fund.

 

About Geres

Geres is an
international NGO, headquartered in France, with expertise in energy and
development and over 40 years of experience in Europe, Asia, and Africa working
to fight against climate change and improve living conditions for the most
vulnerable.