Gender sensitive study on heating consumption patterns: sharing Macedonian experience



A webinar on topic “Gender sensitive study on heating consumption patterns: sharing experience from North Macedonia”, organized by UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme programme, was held on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 as part of a series of trainings hold on the topic of integrating gender into climate policies and reporting in Central Asia. The main objective of the webinar was to further support knowledge sharing on the integration of gender and climate policy and reporting by introducing concrete and practical examples from other countries.

A webinar on topic “Gender sensitive study on heating consumption patterns: sharing experience from North Macedonia”, organized by UNDP/UNEP Global Support Programme programme, was held on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 as part of a series of trainings hold on the topic of integrating gender into climate policies and reporting in Central Asia. The main objective of the webinar was to further support knowledge sharing on the integration of gender and climate policy and reporting by introducing concrete and practical examples from other countries.

This time, the countries of Central Asia heard about North Macedonia’s experience in performing a gender sensitive study on heating consumption patterns. Around 30 people, including the team from the North Macedonia and UNDP and GSP participated at the webinar. Participants from Central Asian countries were represented by experts and practitioners from government and non-government institutions, international organizations and universities, who deal with climate change and gender equality.




The key speaker of the webinar was Ms. Olgica Apostolova, gender consultant from the Republic of North Macedonia, who introduced the main findings of the study on heat consumption patterns in major cities of the country. According to the study, single mothers, as well as women over 65 years old, living alone and with low income generation, are one of the most vulnerable groups of the population who have to consume inefficient type of fuel to heat their homes. It is known that coal and wood, which are used by over 40% of vulnerable women in Macedonia, directly contribute to air pollution and GHG emissions.

The findings of the study helped to revisit policy mechanisms to the current state support programs. If earlier the subsidies had been provided to replace inefficient heating devices with more environmentally friendly ones, or connecting the households to central heating on a “first come, first served” principle, with the new findings of the research and data, the subsidy criteria were revised. In the 2019/2020 heating season, up to 10,000 most vulnerable households in the main cities of the country will be receiving assistance.

Olgica also told the participants about Macedonian experience in promoting gender and climate policy. Nowadays, a new National Strategy for Gender Equality is being developed. One of its sections is dedicated to “Gender and climate change”, with the key stakeholder institutions and partners to be closely cooperating by mainstreaming gender in climate related dimensions as well as by collecting data and statistics on each area related to climate change.

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