GGGI: Mongolia’s Energy Regulator strengthens efforts to increase energy efficiency
2017-04-06 AM 10:40:52
ULAANBAATAR – March 20, 2017 – GGGI and the Energy Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (ERC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on green growth cooperation. The ERC is cooperating with GGGI in implementing Mongolia’s Energy Conservation Law and unlocking green growth opportunities through targeted energy savings.
During the MoU signing ceremony, Mr. Tleikhan Almalik, Director-General of the ERC, highlighted the potential advantages of energy savings for businesses, households, and government entities alike.
“International cooperation with GGGI and other development partners has the potential to accelerate Mongolia’s implementation of energy saving measures, while avoiding the challenges faced in other countries,” stated Mr. Almalik. “Every energy user has the potential to put money back in their pockets through targeted energy upgrades to buildings and equipment as well as simple behavior changes.”
In December 2016, ERC announced the first batch of so-called “designated entities” whose consumption of heat and, or electricity exceeded the threshold set by the government for conservation potential. Under the Energy Conservation Law, the ERC is responsible for monitoring the efforts of designated entities to undergo energy auditing and report on energy reduction measures implemented.
Under Mongolia’s Green Development Policy, State Policy on Energy, and INDCs to the Paris Agreement, Mongolia has targeted 40% reductions in building heat loss and 43% reduction of electricity transmission losses by 2030.
Under the MoU, GGGI will support the ERC through technical and advisory services across four key areas, including:
Formulation of the National Energy Conservation Programme 2017-2020 (NECP);
Preparation of bankable green energy projects, beginning with industrial energy efficiency;
Development of incentives for renewable energy, energy conservation, and energy efficiency; and
Sharing and dissemination of institutional knowledge and experience.
The NECP is a first-of-its-kind policy instrument in Mongolia intended to increase the competitiveness of industry as well as generate savings for small businesses and households. Critically, energy efficiency measures are an important component of the Government’s efforts to reduce urban air pollution, stemming largely from the combustion of raw coal for household and small business heating.
To highlight the multi-stakeholder effort to tackle Mongolia’s air pollution crisis and shift to a green growth model, GGGI in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia produced a short-film. Mongolia’s Stories of Change film showcases how the landlocked nation is working to transform its economy for sustainability and inclusion. The Mongolia Transition to Green Development film is the seventh in GGGI’s Stories of Change series.