The building is equipped with a system that uses alternative sources of energy, the green colour and internal environment, immediately warns you that the SEEU’s Institute of Environment is different than other buildings in the University campus. So, what is the difference? Everyone says that this building is only the initiator of a larger project that aims to transform the South East European University in Tetovo into the only University in the region of Southeast Europe to fully use renewable energy sources.
Employees at the Institute say that students often ask why this building is different than others. The answer is always the same. All other buildings at this university campus will be similar. The primary aim of this project is for SEEU to be a low emission University Campus.
On Thursday 29 September, SEEU’s Rector Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika, the Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia, Mr. Abdylaqim Ademi and the Ambassador of Italy to Macedonia, Mr. Fabio Cristiani, officially opened the SEEU ecological building, with zero emission.
In his welcome speech, Rector Dika said that this building is a result of close cooperation between two countries in correlation with respective universities. This demonstrates the high degree of awareness in this phenomenon that directly affects the quality of our life.
“During implementation of the project in the past three years we managed to create and engage local expertise of the University. Our strategic aim is the utilization of existing capacities, give our contribution in raising the awareness for environment and contribute with our expertise in making Macedonia a regional centre that promotes environmental technology,” said among others in his welcoming speech, Rector Dika.
The Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Abdylaqim Ademi, said that “this project is an example to follow in the future."
Through this project we directly contribute to the implementation of a Climate Action Plan.
“In this regard, we in the future are willing to cooperate, not only with Italy, but also with other partners, with the sole purpose to contribute to the protection of the environment,” said Minister Ademi.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Macedonia Mr. Fabio Cristiani praised the cooperation between the two countries, stressing the fact that the Italian Government through the Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, has always supported initiatives aimed at improving environmental conditions.
“This project sends a beautiful message to new generations, who study at this university. It is a positive sign of cooperation between two countries. SEEU represents an example how to implement such projects" said Ambassador Cristiani.
“Sustainable Energy Building”, is the new name of the building of the SEEU’s Institute of Environment and Health. The Director of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Murtezan Ismaili, says that this building has such a name due to the technology that the Italian Embassy has donated. “This building has installed technologies for producing alternative energy, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions”, said Director Ismaili.
It is called a “sustainable” building because it generates itself, the energy which is necessary for the operation of this building, with all environmental technology that enables monitoring of other parts of the campus as well.
This project will be used for scientific measurements of energy sustainability. The devices installed enable to give weekly, monthly and longer term reports for its energy efficiency and other parameters of the environment.