Eptisa will assist the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia in the preparation of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Plan

A team of consultants from Eptisa will give technical support to the Serbian authorities in their efforts to fulfill the obligations as signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Energy Community Treaty, and the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer

April 11, 2011

The biggest amount of greenhouse gas emissions in Serbia origins from the energy sector, mainly from low-quality lignite combustion in the process of power production in thermal power plants and from heat energy production in district heating companies fuelled by heavy fuel oil. Committed to reduce these emissions, the country ratified the Kyoto protocol in 2007 and should now implement the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism.

In order to assist the Ministry of Mining and Energy in their efforts to comply with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Energy Community Treaty, and the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer, the European Union through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) reserved 650,000 Euro for a new project aimed to contribute to Serbia's sustainable development by enhancing the capacities in the energy sector to efficiently use resources according to EU standards.

Thanks to being awarded with this international tender, during the next 12 months a team of Consultants from Eptisa, the Austrian Environmental Protection Agency and Kommunalkredit Public Consulting will give technical support to the Ministry of Mining and Energy for the implementation of a sustainable energy policy, the preparation of an action plan for the compliance with Kyoto protocol, the promotion of the rational use of conventional fuels and increased use of renewable energy sources, the design of a public awareness campaign in the field of sustainable development and the preparation of an action plan for the implementation of the EU Directives referring to the quality of petrol and diesel and to the sulphure content in certain liquid fuels.

This project is of great importance having in mind that energy represents one of the largest sectors of the Serbian economy. Central to this project is the country's great willingness and preparedness to harmonize the energy sector for the purpose of achieving a higher level of socio-economic development in the long-term. Sustainable development in the energy sector is undoubtedly one of the crucial dynamics of the Serbian energy reforms and as such represents an important priority for the upcoming years.
 
 Eptisa will assist the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia in the preparation of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Plan