With the Project:
Municipal Energy Efficiency and Management Project in Serbia
Serbia is currently at the beginning of developing its climate policy. Poor energy efficiency of public buildings and high carbon intensity are some of the main challenges in the Serbian energy sector. Out of these reasons, the MEEMP project supports the implementation of sustainable energy and climate policies in four Serbian partner cities, namely Krusevac, Paracin, Vrbas and Uzice. It aims at strengthening the local contributions to the national energy and climate targets and the implementation of EEA (European Energy Award) based energy management systems in line with the national strategy. Until now, substantial support has been provided for the rehabilitation of 19 public schools which will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. In addition, teachers, pupils and janitors have been trained regarding awareness of energy efficiency.
Poor energy efficiency and a high carbon intensity due to the heavy dependence on fossil fuels are among the main challenges in the Serbian energy sector. Buildings are a key factor and account for more than 40% of Serbia’s final energy consumption. Poor energy efficiency of buildings is a recognized problem, and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in buildings could significantly reduce the country’s overall energy consumption.
The establishment of sustainable energy and climate policies in four Serbian partner cities will help address energy, climate and environment policies in a systemic approach. Tools are offered that are specifically tailored to the circumstances of Serbian municipalities, adequately respond to their specific challenges and needs, and are closely aligned with national energy strategies. The direct beneficiaries of the project are about 300,000 inhabitants in the four cities. 19 public schools have been reconstructed, retrofitted and rehabilitated. By the end of the project, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption of about 570 t CO2 and 3,000 MWh per annum respectively, and will help improve air quality. 40 teachers and 228 pupils in 22 schools have been trained in energy efficiency.
MEEMP facilitates vertical coordination through translating national energy and climate strategies into concrete recommendations for local authorities. Through its integrated approach, horizontal coordination and silo-breaking are improved between departments in order to institutionalise cross-sectoral and cross-departmental exchange and cooperation, leading to more integrated local energy policies and the exploitation of existing synergies. Besides, MEEMP supports its pilot municipalities to introduce and institutionalise this cross-departmental and co-creative approach through the establishment of an interdisciplinary committee responsible for the implementation of the energy management system.
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