London-based bank helps Tirana become greener

A London-based bank is to help the capital city of Albania become more sustainable. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the municipality of Tirana are joining forces […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A London-based bank is to help the capital city of Albania become more sustainable.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the municipality of Tirana are joining forces to develop a comprehensive set of policies in a bid to help the city become greener.

The plan will be drawn up as part of the EBRD’s Green Cities Programme, which supports municipalities addressing environmental challenges.

That includes air quality concerns, traffic congestion, pressure on water resources as well as challenges associated with solid waste.

The new Green City Action Plan will set out a concrete course of action for Tirana to tackle the most urgent problems faced by its population.

Citing the International Energy Agency, the EBRD states around two-thirds of energy use takes place within urban systems.

The EBRD is also providing €30 million (£25.54m) for energy efficiency in the Western Balkans.