KOSID and EU Office in Kosovo discuss Energy Efficiency

Prishtina, 27th of June, 2017 – Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (KOSID), in cooperation with the European Union Office in Kosovo, within “Climate Diplomacy Week 2017,” organized the roundtable discussion with the topic: “The way ahead for Energy Efficiency in Kosovo.” During the roundtable it was discussed on Kosovo’s Energy Efficiency policies, action plans and measures taken so far, as well as tackled the key opportunities and barriers leading towards a sustainable production of energy in the country.

Rinora Gojani, from KOSID, said that investments in energy efficiency should be seen as indispensable measures for the country, as they have the potential to significantly reduce energy spending and enable job creation. “KOSID, as one of the loudest promoters of sustainable development in Kosovo, believes that the best scenario for Kosovo would be to shift from the production of larger amounts of energy to increased energy efficiency and from the use of fossil fuels to the use of renewable resources. This would enable Kosovo to meet its energy requirements at affordable prices," Gojani said. She also elaborated on the importance of creating an Energy Efficiency Fund which would implement a national program for energy efficiency, as well as the amendment of the Law on Energy Efficiency, which would regulate not only the public sector but the private sector as well, since this sector consumes nearly 78 per cent of the energy in the country.

Deputy Team Leader for Kosovo Energy Efficiency Project from GIZ, Avni Sfishta, said that Kosovo stagnates in the use of incentives for energy saving in comparison with countries in the region, by not fully implementing the law and the action plan on energy efficiency in the country. Sfishta said that: "Kosovo needs to push forward policies that support the implementation of Energy Efficiency projects, as they contribute to the promotion of more robust and specific measures for the green, better, and more sustainable use of energy in Kosovo. Also, work should be done to raise public debates between relevant stakeholders and the business sector in order to pave the way for potential investments in the road of efficiency."

Luigi Brusa, Head of Cooperation Sector within EU Office in Kosovo, said that energy efficiency is a key component of EU’s engagement in its aim to provide Kosovo with assistance in achieving greater energy security. "The European Union Office is involved in improving energy performance in Kosovo, where together with the World Bank has joined forces in creating a financial mechanism that will provide loans in boosting energy efficiency for public buildings. Therefore, local decision-making institutions, in cooperation with, and with the assistance of, relevant international actors, should take into account the alterations for the current energy policies in terms of promoting energy efficiency programs in Kosovo - thus linking those policies with energy-saving," said Brusa.

The representative from KOSID, respectively the moderator of this discussion, Dardan Abazi, said that energy efficiency should be considered as an important pillar for the de-carbonization of Kosovo and emphasis should be given to the opportunities it offers for overall economic and social development.

In the open discussions, representatives from local institutions and civil society organizations agreed that it is important for the general public to be informed about the importance of energy efficiency measures in the country - being a key element for Kosovo's economic, social and environmental development.

“Climate Diplomacy Week 2017 in Kosovo” is organized by EU office, having as a main purpose raising citizens' awareness on topics related to air pollution, waste management and energy efficiency in the country.

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