Take part in "Earth Hour" worldwide environmental campaign and have your contribution in climate change impact mitigation. The speakers of the press conference dedicated to “Earth Hour” worldwide environmental event made such a call to people.
It’s already 8 years since Armenia has joined “Earth Hour” campaign. This year it will be held on 19 March, from 20:30 to 21:30.
WWF Armenia Director Karen Manvelyan noted that the main aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of the people.
Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister Hayk Harutyunyan said, “Two cornerstones of our energetic strategy are renewable energy and energy efficiency. We aim to realize the potential of economically beneficial energy efficiency and renewable energy. For example, this year we have launched the solar program and after its successful completion we will construct up to 100 mW capacity solar station in the upcoming three years. We are running negotiations with many investors on construction of large wind mills. This year the second three-year-long program on energy efficiency will be adopted, which will enable saving 30% of primary energy consumption by 2020 according to the estimates.”
UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator Diana Harutyunyan informed that 2015 was the hottest year recorded in all years, while February was the hottest February, according to all historic data. “There is hazard of global warming and at the UN Conference on Climate Change held in December 2015 in Paris all the countries joined the new agreement on climate change undertaking a commitment not to exceed global temperature of 2 degrees, but we should make efforts not to exceed 1.5 degrees, as it's the hazardous threshold,” Diana Harutyunyan said and added that the temperature increase in Armenia is higher than the worldwide one by 1.1 degree.
“All these hazardous cliate phenomena such as early spring, frost, hail, quick snow melting, which lead to the vulnerability of water resources, also make the possibilities of using our hydroenergetic resources vulnerable. That is, we both impact climate change and get harmed by climate change,” Diana Harutyunyan said and outlined that the right track is to use resources economically and to apply efficient technologies.
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under “Armenia’s First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC” UNDP-GEF/00079327” project.
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15:58 March 18, 2016