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First Energy Community Civil Society Day in Vienna

Vienna, 21st June 2016. - The first open meeting of the Energy Community for the civil sector and NGOs was held at June 21st in Vienna. The Energy Community is an international organization brought together representatives of all member states, among which is Montenegro and the NGO Green Home.


The civil sector as an important part of every democratic society had a unique opportunity to meet with representatives of the Energy Community and discuss about future plans and projects in the field of energy and energy efficiency.

The meeting emphasized importance of energy efficiency and its major impact on climate change, and in regard this are given suggestions on how to achieve savings. The economic crisis, less investment, low energy prices have been cited as some of the barriers to achieving this goal.


The task which Members of Energy community should fulfill in the coming years is to achieve the target of 9% in energy savings over the next nine years. Making 3rd Action Plan which countries of Western Balkans will use as a starting point for realization of long-term goals is expected by the end of this year.


Respect of Directives and the general legal framework will contribute to the gradually resolve of existing problems and timely achievement of the desired results in the field of energy and environment. In this sense, the Energy Community continuously adapts and improves its legislation. At the meeting, participants had the opportunity to familiarize with the directives in the field of energy efficiency, directives which contribute to a better state of the environment and the way in which international organizations such as the German Society for International Cooperation supports activities in the field of energy efficiency.


During the meeting is presented a study of the organization HEAL "Regular health account" where they presented a quantitative impacts of air pollution from coal power plants which they have on the health of people in the Western Balkans. According to these estimates, the existing thermal power plants contribute to creating cost between 2.9 and 8.5 billion euros per year. In this connection, it is necessary to achieve a balance between the needs of different groups of people and sectors, and accomplish a balance between the needs of nature and the needs that individuals set as priority.


The meeting was attended by the organizations gathered in the SEE Change network whose representatives pointed to the importance of harmonizing the new climate agreement in Paris with the legislation in the field of climate and within the framework of the Energy Community. One of the important segments would be the revision of the energy strategies of members of  Energy  community and setting ambitious goals when it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.



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