Environment

Green infrastructure may increase Serbia’s GDP by 1%

Photo: Danas conference center

Published

September 8, 2016

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

September 8, 2016

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

Serbia could increase its GDP by 1% with more investments into green infrastructure, according to Siniša Mitrović, Adviser to the President in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PKS). Speaking today at a conference in Belgrade organized by Danas Conference Center, he stated the PKS has initiated the creation of a strategy for circular economy and presented it to the country’s government.

The participants at the conference said the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection, adopted in February, should be much better, mainly pointing out at local authorities and saying they are either not interested enough or use the so-called green money for other purposes.

Željko Ožegović, state secretary at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government, also stressed that the role of municipalities in green economy was crucial in waste management, water supply, sanitation, but also in the energy sector as producers, distributors and consumers, and that it was important they implement the law.

Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) enabled a substantial increase in green tax income, its director Filip Radović said and added the “possibility of collection of eco-tax” soared to EUR 100 million from EUR 30 million in the last three years.

The conference also dealt with packaging and secondary waste management. Viktorija Belanović Kokir, head of Sekopak d.o.o., said her company collected and sent for recycling 180,000 tonnes of packaging and communal waste from 2010 to 2015, adding that the aim is to collect 60% of overall waste by 2019. She stressed collection and recycling helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24,244 tonnes last year. Apart from managing waste, Sekopak is engaged in education of small and school children “so that they can then help the parents understand the issue,” she added.

Related Articles

Global chemical and plastic pollution out of control - safe planetary boundary exceeded

Global chemical and plastic pollution out of control – safe planetary boundary exceeded

22 January 2022 - Chemical production has increased 50-fold since 1950, and projections show output may triple by 2050

Serbia scraps spatial plan Rio Tinto lithium mining project permits

Serbia scraps spatial plan for Rio Tinto’s lithium mining project, all permits

20 January 2022 - The Government of Serbia annulled its decree on the spatial plan for Rio Tinto's lithium project and met all the environmentalists' demand, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said

Montenegro declares nine energy projects as infrastructure priorities

Montenegro declares 13 energy projects as infrastructure priorities

20 January 2022 - The government's list of priority infrastructure includes 81 projects in the environmental protection sector

Used smartphones can be refurbished, and reused

Romania’s startup Recommerce to offer refurbished smartphones in ten countries in East Europe

20 January 2022 - The French retailer Carrefour has decided to offer customers refurbished smartphones in its stores in Romania