The regional project Renewable Energy Policy Consensus REPCONS has been officially launched in a meeting held in Belgrade today. The project financed by the European Climate Foundation has gathered experts and civil society organizations from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro with the aim of facilitating energy transition through greater utilization of renewable energy sources.
The governments in the Western Balkan region are formally committed to undertaking the energy transition process, especially the de-carbonization of their energy sectors. Though the potentials for the energy transition are rather high, especially in utilizing renewable energy sources in energy production, there are many analyses of the current situation in the region clearly demonstrating that energy transition has not gone too far and that the process should be intensified.
The project Renewable Energy Policy Consensus – REPCONS will be implemented over the next 12 months in three countries of the region (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro).
The REPCONS’ main objectives are to accelerate the energy transition process through defining energy policies priorities, initiate a dialogue and build consensus within the expert community on policy proposals and in relation to the Energy Community 2030/2050 pathway for renewables, as well as to enhance the process of regional cooperation in the sector.
Professor Mirza Kušljugić of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tuzla and a regional expert in the REPCONS Project stated today in Belgrade: “Through the realization of this important regional project we expect to identify policy areas which support the scaling up of renewables, and which contribute to integrated climate and energy planning in the project area. We also intend to establish a platform for dialogue within the expert community and to create a pool of experts (opinion makers) engaged in key energy policy areas. All of these activities will lead to initiating regional cooperation between partner countries aimed at supporting the regional perspective of the process of NECP planning.”
The lead project partner is a Tuzla-based Development Association NERDA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the implementing partners are: the Association for Sustainable Development (ASOR) from Serbia, the Climate and Energy Action Network – CLEAN from Montenegro, and the Centre for Promotion of Sustainable Development (CPOR) from Serbia, which is the project’s media partner.
“The role of the media is very important in the process of energy transition for two reasons – to provide accurate, reliable and straight to the point news, but, at the same time to educate public about this and related topics. As the media partner of the REPCONS project, Balkan Green Energy News will follow its activities and report about them regularly, thus making this project more visible to its readers – numerous stakeholders’ groups from the region and the world,” said Branislava Jovičić, the portal’s editor.