Environment

Serbia prepares its first air protection program

Serbia prepares first air protection program

Photo: Rade Dr. from Pixabay

Published

November 4, 2021

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

November 4, 2021

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

Serbia has prepared its first draft air protection program, covering the period 2022-2030, together with an action plan for addressing air pollution.

In the past few years, air pollution has become a major issue in environmental protection in Serbia. Citizens, environmental activists, and non-governmental organizations have been urging the government, so far without success, to take concrete action to reduce air pollution. With the start of the heating season, Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, again became one of the most polluted cities in the world when it comes to air quality.

A public debate on the document will be launched soon

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced that the draft Programme of Air Protection of the Republic of Serbia with Action Plan defines air quality goals and measures for their achievement. It said it also provides a basis for the adoption of bylaws and implementation of the European Union’s legislation in air protection.

A few days ago, the ministry held the third conference within the public consultation process and invited all interested parties to send proposals and recommendations for the draft. It said it would organize a public debate after supplementing the document with the proposals.

Of note, the draft was prepared within an EU’s IPA 2014 environmental project in Serbia.

Three air protection scenarios have been developed

To tackle air pollution, several local authorities have prepared or started preparing air protection plans. On January 30, 2020, the Government of Serbia adopted the National Emissions Reduction Plan (NERP), the draft notes.

However, resolving the issue requires additional activities, and Serbia has prepared for the first time an air protection program with an action plan for its implementation, the document reads.

Three air protection scenarios have been developed to prepare ways to reduce emissions and assess various mitigation options.

The action plan determines the activities for implementing measures and the achievement of the goals set by the draft. It is prepared for a five-year period through 2026.

HEAL: the first document in the region to recognize the effects of air pollution on health

According to the Alliance for Health and the Environment (HEAL), it is the first strategic document in the Western Balkans that recognizes the effects of air pollution on health.

HEAL expressed belief the air protection program would produce changes for the benefit of citizens and the environment.

The organization underlined that several steps remain until the adoption of the program by the Government of Serbia.

HEAL has called on the interested parties to make additional efforts and submit comments to the ministry over the next two weeks.

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

WISE Serbia Women leaders of energy transition myth reality

WISE Serbia: Women leaders of energy transition are no myth but reality

25 September 2023 - The conference Women of Serbia in Sustainable Energy – Leadership for the Energy Transition was organized by the WISE Serbia women's network

wise-serbia-Female Leader of Energy Transition award

Female Leader of Energy Transition award winners announced

20 September 2023 - The Female Leader of Energy Transition awards are given for extraordinary results and dedication to the processes of the energy transition, democratization and decentralization in Serbia

Activists concerned following European Parliament vote on Critical Raw Materials Act

Activists slam EU after vote on Critical Raw Materials Act

17 September 2023 - Civil society organizations criticized EU institutions after the European Parliament adopted a position on the Critical Raw Materials Act

German Cooperation to mark Climate Week in Serbia

German Cooperation to mark Climate Week in Serbia

15 September 2023 - German Development Cooperation in Serbia will mark Climate Week. A series of events will be held from September 16 to September 23.