The next auctions for the allocation of market premiums for renewable energy sources in Serbia could be held at the end of the second or the beginning of the third quarter of 2023 – it was said at the Belgrade Economic Forum, at yesterday’s panel discussion “Energy transition – climate crisis: next steps” moderated by Danijela Isailović, manager of the Association Renewable Energy Sources of Serbia.
We also learned that the final phase of the study on the potential production of electricity and thermal energy from waste instead of fossil fuels is underway, as well as that Serbia has great potential when it comes to renewable energy sources.
Danijela Isailović, Manager of the Association Renewable Energy Sources of Serbia yesterday moderated a panel discussion entitled “Energy transition – climate crisis: next steps” within the 23rd Belgrade Economic Forum.
Participants in the panel discussion were gentleman Alessandro Bragonzi, Head of Regional Representation for Western Balkans European Investment Bank; Matteo Colangeli, Director, Regional Head of Western Balkans EBRD; Mitsuaki Harada, Managing Director BCE Beo Čista Energija; Rüdiger Hartmann, Director KfW Office in Belgrade and Srdan Srdanović, Head of Smart Infrastructure at Siemens.
Danijela Isailović greeted all present and introduced the panel participants, after which the panel discussion was opened. Alessandro Bragonzi thanked for the invitation to participate in the panel discussion and presented the previous work of the European Investment Bank in Serbia and in the area of the Western Balkans, and added that Serbia has great potential when it comes to renewable energy sources.
Matteo Colangeli emphasized that the energy transition is one of the priorities of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development when it comes to the Republic of Serbia. Also, Mr. Colangeli pointed out that Serbia must not fail to take advantage of the exceptional success of the first conducted auctions for awarding market premiums for renewable energy sources on the way to establishing a just energy transition. When asked when he expects the next auctions, Matteo Colangeli replied that his personal impression is that the next auctions could be held at the end of the second or the beginning of the third quarter of 2023 if the situation continues at the current pace.
Mitsuaki Harada presented the previous work of the company Beo Čista Energija and presented the company’s plans in the field of conscientious waste management and stopping environmental pollution, but also added that the final phase of the study is underway on the potential production of electricity and heat from waste instead of fossil fuels, with a reduction emission of greenhouse gases. Rüdiger Hartmann, director of KfW in Belgrade, pointed out that KfW supports Serbia on its way to EU membership, especially when it comes to Chapters 15 and 27, which concern energy and the environment. KfW in Serbia is actively working to contribute to meeting the requirements of the accession process and legislative directives, especially when it comes to the investment environment in the energy sector.
Srdan Srdanović, a representative of the company Siemens, a regular member of the Association Renewable Energy Sources of Serbia, emphasized that the Siemens recognizes the importance of sustainable development and energy transition and stability, as well as environmental protection, and added that the Siemens is working to be completely carbon- neutral by 2030. In this regard, Srdan Srdanović welcomed the work of the Association RES Serbia on the contribution to the development of the renewable energy sector in Serbia and the contribution to the improvement of the energy sector in Serbia, and added that Siemens is proud to point out that it is a regular member of the Association Renewable Energy Sources of Serbia. Mr. Srdanović quoted the founder of the Siemens: “We must not sell the future for instant profit”.
Press statements of the participants, as well as the video of the conference itself, can be viewed at link.