The minister attends a forum for economy and policy leaders2015-02-27
Yesterday, on the 26th of February, the Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, took part in the Lithuanian economics conference hosted by Valstybė magazine.
At the top-level forum which runs for the seventh year in a row, Mr Trečiokas presented the crucial goals and decisions with the environmental sector.
Successful implementation of the Multi-apartment building renovation programme is one of the Ministry’s key priorities this year. Two hundred renovation projects have been completed since 2013 and were valued at close to EUR 50 million. It is planned to invest 240 million this year.
Attempts are also being made that renovation schemes to improve energy efficiency cover not only individual apartment or public buildings but also whole blocks and their environment as well as infrastructure projects. A pilot block renovation project is being planned in Lithuania building on German practice.
Another priority of the Ministry – waste management – will also be in focus. In 2013, about 900,000 tonnes of waste (excluding construction waste which is not relevant when measuring the amount of combustible waste) was disposed at the landfills of ten regional waste management centres in Lithuania. Plans are to set up facilities for mechanical and biological or only mechanical processing of mixed municipal waste by 2016. About between 360,000 and 530,000 tonnes of municipal waste is expected to accumulate and be fit for combustion and energy production per year starting from 2020.
Development of the production and use of biofuel is another this year’s priority of the environmental sector. Lithuania produces about 50,000 tonnes of wastewater sludge per year. It can be dried and used for producing energy, i.e. burnt in the general waste combustion container. Burning of processed sludge in the newly planned waste combustion facilities in Vilnius and Kaunas and in the already operating facility in Klaipėda is currently being considered.
Wood biofuel is the most widely used renewable source of energy used in the Lithuanian energy sector. Firewood and other wood biofuel makes up more than 80% of total renewable energy resources that are used in Lithuania. Plans are to increase the annual levels of the raw material prepared for wood biofuel in the country’s forests by at least 0.5 million m3.
Public information division
27 February 2015