Electricity

Montenegro to set coal phaseout deadline in national energy and climate plan – prime minister

montenegro necp coal phaseout climate neutrality zdravko krivokapic

Photo: Government of Montenegro

Published

April 30, 2021

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

April 30, 2021

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

Montenegro is preparing a new energy strategy, which will put priority on renewable energy sources in order to achieve climate neutrality, while the country’s national energy and climate plan (NECP), which is also being drafted, will set a deadline for a coal phaseout.

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić said the Government of Montenegro is committed to making renewables a cornerstone of the energy sector development. Zero emissions in the energy sector by 2030, an initiative of opposition party Pokret za Promjene, is something that must be strived for, considering it is in line with the policy of the European Union.

It would be irresponsible to say that Montenegro will achieve net-zero emissions by 2030

As a candidate country, Montenegro has accepted an obligation to harmonize its energy sector with the EU’s policy of reducing and eventually bringing CO2 emissions to zero. A new energy strategy is being developed, which will give priority to renewable sources in order to gradually reduce emissions to zero, Krivokapić said in the parliament.

He also said that one must be extremely careful with making promises, because it would be easiest for the prime minister to announce in 2021 that the government will achieve zero emissions by 2030, but that would be both irresponsible and incorrect.

Closing TPP Pljevlja would mean a 20-25% increase in the price of electricity

At this moment, a shutdown of coal-fired power plant Pljevlja would greatly increase power imports, push up prices for citizens and companies by 20-25%, bring about 1,200 layoffs, decrease the country’s GDP, and reduce state budget revenues.

For us, therefore, the key question regarding CO2 is how to replace the 225 MW TPP Pljevlja, which provides large quantities of electricity and secures stability of the entire system, but is also a major CO2 emitter, Krivokapic said.

Now is the crucial moment to make a decision to start the energy transition

Krivokapić also said that now is the crucial moment for making a decision to start the energy transition, given that Montenegro is already drafting its national energy and climate plan, which will set a deadline for a coal phaseout in line with the principle of just transition.

A decision to accept 2030 as the year when emissions will be zero must be carefully analyzed, he said.

Krivokapić announced that the construction of new capacities is expected in the coming period, such as hydropower plant (HPP) Komarnica, solar power plant Briska gora, and wind farms Gvozd and Brajići, while tendering for solar power plant Velje brdo is being prepared.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment

Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

croatia recovery resilience plan rimac ina

Croatia’s recovery and resilience plan: EUR 200 million for Rimac autonomous taxis

30 July 2021 - The country earmarked EUR 200 million from its recovery and resilience plan for Rimac's urban mobility ecosystem with electric autonomous taxis.

Earth Overshoot Day is July 29 after pandemic planet returns to business as usual

Earth Overshoot Day is July 29: resource consumption rebounds after pandemic

28 July 2021 - After the pandemic caused a decrease in the use of resources in 2020, the world returned to business as usual and matched the worst result ever.

energy-2021-conference

Energy 2021 conference: experts recommend coal phaseout and transition to renewables as best solution for Serbia’s energy sector development

26 July 2021 - The optimal solution for Serbia’s energy sector is a hybrid model that entails a coal phaseout and transition to renewable energy sources, with natural gas and hydrogen as transitional fuels, experts say.

Fit for 55 package to push CO2 prices to EUR 90 by 2030

Fit for 55 package to push CO2 prices to EUR 90 by 2030

20 July 2021 - A price increase is expected in particular in the second half of the decade, according to the analysis of the ICIS.