11th May 2023, Skopje – Building of the Clinic of Psychiatry in Skopje will be fully renovated and become energy efficient through the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Project financed with a World Bank grant. It will be implemented by the Ministry of Finance in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Construction works will commence on 15th May, and the building is expected to be rendered a new look in five months.
University Clinic of Psychiatry is the first building out of 18 healthcare buildings to be included in the Project, under the component intended for EE investments in central government buildings. EUR 5 million out of EUR 25 million is envisaged for this component.
Under the Project, EUR 10 million is envisaged for projects for EE investments in local government buildings, with activities for 42 projects in 12 municipalities being already launched, and additional activities to support projects in 16 municipalities are being undertaken.
Number of building to be included in the Project may increase, as the municipalities can still submit applications.
In addition to the support for projects aimed at EE and renewable investments in local and central government buildings, the Projects also envisages establishment of Energy Efficiency Fund with an initial capital of EUR 5 million. The EE Fund will operate within the Development Bank of North Macedonia.
Project’s objectives are focused on reducing energy consumption in the public sector and supporting the development and the implementation of a sustainable financing mechanism for energy efficiency in the public sector. EE and renewable investments in buildings at local and central level, as well as in individual buildings, have proven to be especially important in times of energy crisis. This contributes to saving money as an expense for the energy consumed, as well as the resources for the production of the energy, protecting the environment at the same time. Hence, this Project is of particular significance both from the point of view of cost rationalization and environmental protection.
Electrical installations and lighting and heating will be replaced, central cooling system will be installed, as well as thermal insulation of the building, the roof will be reconstructed, windows and doors will be replaced at the University Clinic for Psychiatry.
During the renovation, patients from the Clinic will be hospitalized in the Psychiatric Hospital – Skopje and the Department of Psychiatry in the City General Hospital “8th September”, with these institutions having sufficient capacity to accommodate the patients. The children’s ward will operate temporary in the City General Hospital “8th September” – Skopje.