Serbia may soon introduce its first biomass market on the internet, said Miloš Banjac, assistant minister of mining and energy, responsible for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, EurActiv.rs reported.
These days details are being discussed about the intention to show the current supply and demand for biomass in Serbia in one place for the first time, he said in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce at a discussion about a project for using biomass. According to Banjac, the biomass market is part of a USD 30 million project with United Nations Development Programme. The government is cooperating with international institutions in introducing several programmes, including introduction of biomass as fuel for district heating, he stated.
Banjac said the estimate of biomass potential in Serbia is 2.2 million tons of oil equivalent and that most of it is agricultural waste. Biomass from wood is close to its sustainability limit and increasing its usage isn’t possible without more reforestation, he said. According to him, the difficulty in expanding the usage is that the European Union rules forbid turning biomass into fuel if food can be produced from it, starting from 2017.