The Project for Effective Use of Biomass Fuel in the Republic of Moldova (the Project) is an equipment procurement project, agreed between the Government of Moldova and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which aims at improving the living conditions in the Moldovan rural communities.

The Project Aim is to promote sustainable biomass heating systems, in order to improve the energetic self-sufficiency in Republic of Moldova.

Project Objectives:

  • Reducing the energy costs for the public facilities;
  • Promoting the transition from fossil energy to renewable energy sources;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Moldova;
  • Increase the education opportunities for infants and children living in the rural areas of Moldova, especially through the winter season.

The domestic industries associated with the use of biomass, such as, biomass fuel production and sales; manufacturing and sales of related parts; maintenance and operational management, are expected to grow as a consequence of the project’s implementation.

The Project Includes:

  • Procurement and installation of 25 biomass heating systems at public facilities in rural communities in Moldova (the targeted public facilities being mainly educational institutions such as primary schools and kindergartens);
  • The installation of one biomass pellet plant;
  • Technical assistance for operation and maintenance of both biomass pellet boilers and the pellet production plant will be also provided, ensuring their sustainable utilization.

 

The biomass heating systems consist of boilers fueled by biomass pellets. The majority of the technical equipment comes from Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises. The pellets are produced at the pellet production plant from agricultural byproducts and residuals from rural areas of Moldova, including straw, leaves and stalks of sunflower and maize, and orchard and vineyard pruning residuals.

The Project was undertaken using funding from Japan’s Grant Aid Program. This program is a response from the Government of Japan to the request sent out in 2009, by the Government of Moldova, for assistance in expanding and disseminating biomass heating systems. Consequently, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MoAFI), established a Grant Aid Agreement, assuring the green light for this Project. 2KR Project Implementation Unit implemented the project under MoAFI‘s responsibility.

Japan’s receptiveness is helping Moldova in achieving its middle- and long-term development plan objectives. The Project for Effective Use of Biomass Fuel in the Republic of Moldova supports “the promotion of energy efficiency and economical utilization of renewable energy resources”, one of the strategic objectives of the Moldovan “National Energy Strategy to 2020”. It is also aligned with the “PLAN Government actions for the period 2011-2014”, this agenda being known for prioritizing the utilization of biomass. Moreover, the Project follows the same goals as the Moldovan national agricultural development plan “National Strategy of Durable Agro-industrial Sector Development, 2008-2015”, with priority policies such as sustainable economic growth in rural areas, reduction of poverty and inequality.