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Most read in March: Air quality jumps amid coronavirus lockdowns, CMS on renewables during pandemic, EBRD funding RES projects in district heating

Most read in March Air quality jumps amid coronavirus lockdowns, CMS on renewables during pandemic, EBRD funding RES projects in district heating

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The coronavirus has spread and it changed society everywhere in the world. But it came with a benefit: a sharp drop in air pollution levels above cities and industrialized areas. The story was our readers’ favorite choice last month.

A piece authored by Ivan Gazdić and Igor Đorđević, attorneys-at-law from CMS, was one of the most popular articles. They wrote about the provisions for force majeure against the backdrop of the impact of COVID-19 on renewable energy projects. Our interview with Bojan Bogdanović from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was among the top articles, too.

Be sure to take a look at the most read reports on our website’s version in Serbian language.

1 – Satellites reveal drop in levels of nitrogen oxide during economic freeze amid coronavirus lockdowns

Air pollution is plummetting in Europe and North America as governments are shutting down traffic and manufacturing activities to slow the spread of COVID-19 and as people stay at home.

Air pollution sharply falls worldwide on COVID-19 lockdowns

2 – State of emergency shouldn’t imply permanent impossibility of performance of power purchase agreement

On March 15, the state of emergency was introduced in Serbia due to the COVID-19 disease. State authorities imposed a broad spectrum of short-term restrictions and other measures.

Are Serbian renewable energy projects in danger due to the state of emergency?

3 – EBRD is helping decarbonize district energy systems

Renewable energy sources can be used in district heating and cooling without increasing energy bills for citizens or heating plants and local governments, according to Bojan Bogdanović, who manages funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. At the same time, renewables are significantly contributing to the quality of the environment, primarily by reducing air pollution, he asserted.

EBRD supports Western Balkans in decarbonizing district heating and cooling systems, improving energy efficiency in buildings

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