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Project “Climate Strategy and Action Plan”

 

The ,,Climate Strategy and Action PlanProject is funded by the European Union through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA funds). It will prepare a national cross-sectoral Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. This will be coordinated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The Strategy will establish both a strategic and policy framework for climate action in Serbia in compliance with international obligations and pledges on greenhouse gas mitigation (Paris Agreement and EU accession).

The Paris Agreement, adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015, sets out a global action plan to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C. The Agreement has now been ratified and entered into force on 4 November 2016. In addition to this, the European Union (EU) adopted its 2030 climate and energy framework that includes greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990.

Prior to the Paris Agreement, Serbia made a pledge to reduce emissions by 9.8% by 2030 compared to 1990 and Law on ratification of the Agreement is underway. As a consequence, Serbia needs to put in place emissions reduction policies that will help the implementation of the current pledge as well as enabling it to be strengthened in the future.

The Strategy will, to support this, identify priority emissions reduction measures, define the responsible institutions for specific options alongside timelines for implementation and overall financial resource requirements. A set of transparent scenarios will be prepared to explore different cost-effective approaches for Serbia. These scenarios will cover the key economic sectors identifying the years 2020, 2025, 2030 and 2050. The scenarios will be mindful of the emissions reduction trajectory out to 2070 to meet long-term global temperature. The Strategy will also provide an adaptation policy framework that addresses the priority areas of agriculture, forestry and water management.

The Strategy will be created through active stakeholder participation, including governmental institutions, industries, local communities, and NGOs.  It will contribute to both Serbia achieving its climate change objectives as well as benefiting the Serbian economy. The Strategy will give clear guidance for future investors (infrastructure and development) as well as creating conditions for increased industrial and commercial competitiveness.

The Project has started in July 2016. The budget is more than 1 (one) million Euros. The Project is implemented by an international consortium led by GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Germany.