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 20 December 2018

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – CONSULTATION ON MITIGATION SCENARIOS – TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP

The project convened a technical working group session on the 20th of December 2018. The meeting was participated by more than 80 stakeholders from the public administration, public and private enterprises, academia, NGOs and international partners.

After hearing a presentation by the project key expert Matej Gasperic on the estimation of the greenhouse gas emissions baseline scenarios for Serbia and the approach in relation to the scenarios to be discussed during the event, participants split into 4 sectoral working groups: energy supply, energy demand, agriculture and forestry, and waste.

The sectoral discussions were lively and stakeholders had the opпortunity to present their views on options, measures, priorities, pathways, challenges and opportunities in relation to two ambitious emissions scenarios for Serbia up to 2050.

For more read here.

 

 

 

26 November 2018

SERBIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ART’S CONFERENCE ON ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

The project was invited to participate in “Session one of Conference: Climate, Energy and Economy”. The presentation “Climate Change and Energy: Draft Climate Strategy for Serbia” was delivered by the Key Expert Gonçalo Cavalheiro and covered four topics:

  1. GHG Emissions in Serbia
  2. The potential long-term impacts on the energy system in Serbia
  3. The challenges ahead to bring Serbian Practices and by-laws close to EU standards
  4. The structure and contents of the Climate Strategy and Action Plan

Presentation

Programme (SANU web site)

Tanjug website, video.

   

 Congress Hall in SANU building, Kneza Mihaila St., 35 – Belgrade

 

08 November 2018

THE 6th PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEЕ MEETING

 

 

 

06 November 2018

ROUNDTABLE “DECARBONISATION OF THE CEMENT INDUSTRY WITH BIOMASS” HELD IN THE CITY OF PARACIN

On November 6th, the UNEKOOP association, the Faculty of Applied Ecology “Futura” and the Association of Cement Industry “CIS” organized roundtable entitled: Decarbonization of the Cement Industry with biomass, which was held in Petrus Hotel, in the city of Paracin. The expert from our project presented the topic: Climate strategy with action plan and a view of future expectations related to the industry sector.

“It is a fact that the building and the cement industry itself are the most significant CO2 emitters, based on the strategic determination of UNECOOP to promote low-carbon technologies, the project “Decarbonization of the Cement Industry with biomass” was conceived. The aim of the project is to open a dialogue on opportunities for substitution of fossil fuels, used in cement factories, with the biomass, in order to improve the carbon footprint of the cement industry, but also the creation of new value chains through the supply of biomass from local sources, with the aim to economically strengthen the local communities. The project is being implemented within the program “Partnership for the Future” of CRH company in Serbia.” (this text is downloaded from site http://www.unecopn.org/).

More on the project please read on site http://www.dekarbonizacija.unecopn.org/

Take a look the reportage from the Chanel M RTV of roundtable event on this link.

Hotel “Petrus” in Paracin, 6 November 2018

 

28 September 2018

PROJECT WORKING GROUP MEETING OF STAKEHOLDERS

The third project working group meeting took place on the 28th of September, at the Palace of Serbia. More than 40 participants from public and private stakeholders discussed the Results 2 report (National greenhouse gas baseline scenarios up to 2050 – general approach and aggregate results), as well as the draft report on Result 3 (Mitigation scenarios – conceptual methodology).

Soon more information regarding Working Group meeting of stakeholders you will read in the new Newsletter no.3 which is currently under preparation.

 

26 September 2018

WORKSHOP: ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIORITY SECTORS

In order to present Results 5 – three adaptation options to climate change for priority sectors and the Adaptation Planning Framework document, a workshop “Adaptation to climate change in priority sectors” is being organized as one of the activities under the European Climate Diplomacy Week in Serbia (24-29 September 2018).

The workshop was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 11:30 in the EU Info Center (Kralja Milana 7, Belgrade). If you want to read more on the event please follow the link.

Press release

Workshop presentations.

     EU Info Centre, Kralja Milana street, no7, Belgrade

 

 

11 June 2018

ENERGY DAY – SERBIA, 8 JUNE 2018

Association of Thermal Power Plants of Serbia and Energoprojekt Entel a.d. traditionally organized the Energy Day – Serbia, within the European Week of Sustainable Development. Energy Day – Serbia 2018 (DES 2018) which was held in Belgrade, on June 8, 2018, in the Energoprojekt business building. The aim of the DES 2018 was to present opportunities for sustainable energy supply through its own and through the experiences of European countries and activities in the implementation of energy and climate policies. This gathering was an opportunity for participants to exchange views, experiences and suggest activities to be realized in the future.

    Energoprojekt business building, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 12, NBgd 11070

More on the event read here www.drustvo-termicara.com and take a look at the event video – here.

Programme

 

22 May 2018

EXPLANATORY NOTE ON COALITION’S 27 SHADOW REPORT

We are welcoming the Shadow report – Environment and Climate Change – November 2016 – February 2018 of Coalition 27 with great appreciation and we would like to thank Coalition to acknowledge that the process of the preparation of the Climate Strategy with an action plan is back on track. The Coalition 27 is, together with other stakeholders, our valuable partner in the process of preparation of the Strategy with an action plan.

We would like to provide a small comment to the report, specifically to the following statement contained in the Chapter 09 Climate change, page 71, paragraph 4, last sentence – English version of Shadow report:

“Unfortunately, the Second Communication left doubts as to the actual GHG emissions of the Republic of Serbia. In addition to the problem of non-transparency of the process due to questionable selection of the methodology, the report contains inaccurate data107 on emissions of greenhouse gases. This resulted in the presentation of unrealistically high levels of emissions, which in the future can lead to insufficiently ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (plans that are currently inadequate and will result in an increase in emissions108). For example, the data given in the Second Communication was used in the development of the Climate Change Strategy with the Action Plan.109

109 “After a short introduction to climate scenarios and respective impacts on each sector, given by national experts and referring to the Second National Communication, stakeholders were invited to assess the severity of impacts of climate change, using a risk-based approach” – The Newsletter of the project “Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan”, page 2: http://www.klimatskastrategija.eu/wp content/uploads/2016/09/%D0%91%D0%B8%D0%B­B%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%BD_Final_SRB.pdf “

We note that the text of footnote 109 (page no. 71) is wrongly used to demonstrate that Serbia’s ambition will be limited by what the report names ‘incorrect data’.  The text in the project newsletter quoted in the footnote above is related to climate change scenarios, used for the purpose of determining adaptation measures, which should not be mixed with mitigation scenarios and ambition in emission reductions.

Such climate change scenarios have been used to identify adaptation measures for three priority sectors, under the project’s Result 5.

This activity is not related to GHG emissions and projections and therefore will have no impact on Serbia’s ambition on what reducing GHG emissions are concerned.

 

 

14 May 2018

EU – SERBIA TALANOA CONFERENCE, BELGRADE

The European Union and the Ministry of Environmental Protection are organizing an EU-Serbia Talanoa conference in order to present experiences and knowledge and to strengthen narratives and discourses in the field of climate change. The conference is organized within the framework of the project “Regional Implementation of the Paris Agreement” (RIPAP).

The high-level conference, which will take place on May 16, 2018 in Belgrade (Hotel Metropol Palace, 14:00 – 19:30), will provide an opportunity for dialogue on the implementation of the EU climate climate and energy framework by 2030, especially on the upcoming EU and Serbia plans, such as the National Focal Point, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (NDCs), which are binding in accordance with the Paris Agreement. The conference also aims to include a wide range of public and private sector representatives in the process of combating climate change.

More on the event at this link:  Ministry of Environmental protection 

  

Hotel Metropol, 16.5.2018.

 

 

07 May 2018

ROUND TABLE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN SERBIA IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TALANOA DIALOGUE

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – REC office in Serbia and CEKOR invite to the Round table on Climate Change and Civil Society in Serbia in the context of the Talanoa Dialogue.

The roundtable will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Scientific and Technology Park in Belgrade, with the aim of opening three central issues in which the Talanoa Climate Dialogue is based on Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

Read more at www.cekor.org and CSConnect

Talanoa dijalog_OCD_vest

  

Science technology park building, Belgrade, 8.5.2018.

 

 

29 March 2018

THE 5th PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEЕ MEETING

 

 

 

23 March 2018

THE SECOND NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED – Newsletter No. 2

 

 

20 March 2018

MEETING OF THE PROJECT WORKING GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS

The second project working group meeting took place on the 20th of March, at the Palace of Serbia. Nearly 30 participants from public and private stakeholders discussed the Results 1 and 5 reports, as well as the key methodological aspects, parameters and assumptions of the modelling of emissions scenarios under Result 2.

For more information on Working group meeting of stakeholders please read Newsletter No. 2 (page 1)

 

 

12 December 2017

THE FIRST NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED – Newsletter No.1

 

 

22 November 2017

THE 4th PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEЕ MEETING

 

 

 

24/25 October 2017

STAKEHOLDERS IDENTIFIED PRIORITY ADAPTATION MEASURES FOR WATER, AGRICULTURE, AND FORESTRY SECTOR

Significant input to Result 5 of the project is being gained during consultation with relevant stakeholders. These include governmental institutions, industry, local communities, academics and NGOs. The inputs of stakeholders lead to a richer strategy, featured by most appropriate solutions, and better adjusted to Serbian circumstances.

Reports issued:

– Report of Stakeholder Workshop Agriculture

– Report of Stakeholder Workshop Forestry

– Report of Stakeholder Workshop Water

For more info on stakeholders working group please read Newsletter no. 1 (page 2)

 

 

5 April 2017

MARK VAN WEES INTERVIEW FOR ”Energy portal”

“The Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection will, with the support of the IPA project, develop a National Climate Change Strategy that will be linked to all sectors. It will develop the Action Plan and the legal framework for the upcoming activities.”

You can read the entire interview on this link: “Energy portal” – interview by Mark van Wees

 

13 September 2016

LAUNCH OF THE PROJECT ‘’CLIMATE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN’’

The Project “Climate Strategy and Action Plan’’ was launched during the Conference “Combating Climate Change: Where does Serbia stand” organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. The Conference was organised in the scope of the Climate Diplomacy Week in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 13 September 2016.

Opening speeches were given by Stana Božović, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Aleksandar Antić, Minister of Mining and Energy, H.E Michael Davenport, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Serbia and H.E Christine Moro, Ambassador of France to Serbia and Miroslav Miletic, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.

The Conference was an opportunity to review the commitments taken on by Serbia under the Paris Agreement and the EU accession process as well as to present the plans for their future implementation. Serbia has taken an active role in this process and has already submitted its “Intended National Determined Contribution” in advance of the Paris Agreement.  Serbia now needs to put in place robust climate and energy policies that will help the implementation of the current pledge and strengthen it in the coming years.

Тhe Project “Climate Strategy and Action Plan’’ will help the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection to prepare the national cross-sectoral Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The Strategy will establish a strategic and policy framework for climate action in compliance with international obligations and pledges on greenhouse gas mitigation. The Climate Strategy will be prepared with strong stakeholder participation.

Find out more on this link: Launch of the Project

 

 

Other News

11 March 2019

WORKSHOP ON SCOPING REPORT FOR “CLIMATE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN” PROJECT

Workshop on Scoping Report for “Climate Strategy with Action Plan” project is organized by the Institute for Architecture and Urban&Spatial Planning of Serbia, which is engaged in the preparation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for this project.

This workshop will consider the proposed objectives and indicators developed for the needs of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the project “Climate Strategy with Action Plan”, as well as the evaluation of basic scenarios.

The workshop will be held on Monday 11th of March 2019, in the big hall of the Institute starting at 10.00h.

 

 

15 December 2019

PRIME MINISTER ANA BRNABIĆ IN KATOWICE SUPPORTED CLIMATE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN PROJECT

“The issue of climate change is a matter for all of us. Joint action is a condition for a positive outcome”, said Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabić, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland (COP24).

  

As the highest representative of the Serbian government in Katowice, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić visited the Ministry of Environmental Protection booth and got information from the representatives of the Ministry about current activities and projects in the field of climate change. In addition, the Prime Minister gave a speech during the high-level conference segment and on that occasion stated that one of the key steps in the fight against climate change in the next year is the adoption and implementation of the Climate Strategy and Action Plan.

At the international level, Serbia has confirmed its commitment to solving climate change issues, by membership in the Paris Agreement and has identified the possibilities of reducing GHG emissions by 2030 based on the Nationally Determined Contributions -NDCs, on emission reduction, whose audit will be done within the framework of the Strategy, with the aim of increasing ambition and in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

In addition, in her presentation, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić emphasized Serbia’s commitment to establishing a national, legislative and strategic framework for combating climate change, among other things, as a contribution to global efforts to fight against climate change. (read the full report on the website of the Government of the Republic of Serbia – https://www.srbija.gov.rs/vest/350213/common-delivery-custom-for-experience-of-climate-promene.php)

The Conference in Katowice – COP24, which lasted from 2nd till 14th of December 2018, visited over 22,000 participants from around the world. The Conference had a successful outcome, resulting in the adoption of the Work Program for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement, which fulfilled the Conference’s goal.

 

24 September 2018

CLIMATE DIPLOMACY WEEK IN SERBIA, 24-29 SEPTEMBER 2018

During Climate Diplomacy Week, EU Delegations and embassies of several EU Member States around the world hold various events to foster dialogue and cooperation on climate change, showcase success stories and inspire further action.

Events organised during the week will include conferences, citizens’ debates, exhibitions, film screenings and other outreach activities bringing together a wide range of stakeholders and communities.

A key theme this year will be the Talanoa Dialogue – a facilitative process to take stock of the collective and individual efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Running throughout 2018, the Talanoa Dialogue is a key moment focus on the solutions and potential associated with the low-carbon transformation.

#ClimaDiplo

Don’t miss the video: https://www.facebook.com/euinfo.rs OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFlHQFzLgTw&feature=youtu.be

 

 

13 September 2018

HOSTING ON THE RADIO BEOGRAD 1 – RTS

Head of the Mitigation group within the Climate Change Unit in Ministry of Environmental Protection, Dragana Radulovic, was a guest at the Radio Belgrade 1, RTS. During the hosting in a radio show, she noted that the Ministry is preparing a Climate Change Strategy that will set priority measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will offer the adaptation measures.

Listen to the interview here (1:23:00)

 

 

23 May 2018

ENERGY WEEK – REGULATORY CONFERENCE – ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

During the second Energy week from 21st till 25th of My 2018 in Belgrade, CEDEF organized Regulatory Conference on Energy and Climate Change at the National Assembly building.

The theme of the conference: Energy and Climate Change Strategy for Serbia and EU – goals and accomplishments; Regulatory frame; measurements implementation in energy and environmental protection sector; best practice – public companies and civil society; the role of international financial institutions – investments in energy and EE.

More on this event please read here – CEDEF website.

 

 

 

21 May 2018

PROMOTION OF “SHADOW REPORT OF COALITION 27” HELD ON 14 MAY IN BOTANICAL GARDEN JEVREMOVAC

Promotion of “Shadow report of Coalition 27”, regular publications used by leading civil organisations to inform stakeholders about a critical review to Serbia’s progress in preparing for EU membership negotiations, in the part which refers to Chapter 27 – the envitonment.

More on the promotion look on: facebook-jedanstepen . Read here Shadow report – Environment and Climate Change

 

 

 

16 April 2018

THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL FAIR “EKO EKSPO 2018″

The funds required to meet the obligations under Chapter 27 are enormous, and it is estimated that we need 15 billion euros in the next 30 years, because input in the environment is not a cost but investments, said Minister of Environmental Protection in the Government of the Republic of Serbia Goran Trivan at the opening of the sixth of the international fair “EKO EKSPO 2018”, which was held from 12th to 13th of April at the Belekspo Center in Belgrade.

Read more on link EKO EKSPO 2018

 

 

 

 

22 March 2018

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP OF THE GEF PROJECT IN FORESTRY 

Inception workshop of the Project “Contribution of Sustainable Forest Management to a Low Emission and Resilient Development” was held on 22nd of March 2018, at the Conference room of Hotel Tulip Inn – Putnik. The project document is approved by the GEF – Global Environment Facility Secretariat and this workshop was an official start of the Project.

The project is realized in cooperation with FAO – Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations as implementing agency and with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Mangement of the Republic of Serbia as executor.

Invitation and Programme of the Workshop.

Visit GEF web site where you can read more on the project.

 

 

15 March 2018

DRAFT LAW ON CLIMATE CHANGE PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

The Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Conclusion confirming the Program of Public Discussion on the Draft Law in the form of presentations and discussions organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in:

  • Novi Sad, in the amphitheater of the Provincial Institute for Nature Protection, March 16, 2018, from 11h to 13h,
  • Kragujevac, in the small hall of the City Administration, on March 27, 2018, in the period from 12.00h to 14.00h,
  • Niš, on the premises of the City Hall, on March 30, 2018, in the period from 12.00h to 14.00h,
  • Belgrade, in the hall 2 of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (Resavska 13-15), on April 3, 2018, in the period from 12.00h to 14.00h,
  • Stara Planina / Pirot, April 4, 2018, in the period from 12.00h to 14.00h (the specific location will be subsequently announced), and
  • Prijepolje, in the premises of the Municipal Administration, on April 16, 2018, in the period from 12.00 to 14.00.

The Draft Law with the accompanying Explanation, the Public Disclosure Program and other relevant information can be found at: http://www.ekologija.gov.rs/ministarstvo-zapocinje-postupak-javne-rasprave-za-zakon-o-klimatskim-promenama/?lang=lat The law aims to establish a monitoring and reporting system for greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change. The draft law was drafted with inclusion of working groups that were formed by the Minister’s decision.  Comments and remarks, suggestions and suggestions in order to improve the quality of the Draft Law can be submitted during the presentation of the Law, as well as by e-mail to: danijela.bozanic@ekologija.gov.rs

 

 

12 December 2017

ONE PLANET SUMMIT 

One planet summit was held on 12 December 2017 in Paris. An ambitious project was launched to win the battle against climate change. 
12 commitments were made, the One Planet Coalition was created, which will ensure that the commitments are kept. The coming months will be dedicated to implementing the commitments and summit will be organised again next year for a project meeting: the second One Planet Summit.

For more information visit link One Planet Summit

 

 

11 December, 2017

COMMUNICATION STRATEGY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE PRESENTED

The presentation of the Communication Strategy for climate change marked the successful completion of the six-month cooperation between the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the OSCE Mission in Serbia, during which the Strategy was drafted, and followed by consultations with interested parties. Read more on the Ministry’s website.

 

 

22 November 2017

 

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE – COP 23

From the 6th to 17th of November, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, under the Presidency of Fiji.

For more information visit link UNFCCC.

 

 

 

 

27 June 2017

PANEL DISCUSSION “SERBIA AND THE PARIS AGREEMENT”

Panel discussion “Serbia and the Paris Agreement”, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection and the EU Delegation to Serbia was held during the Climate Diplomacy Week, on June 27th at the EU Info Center Belgrade.

The current state of the Paris Agreement, the announced withdrawal of the USA state from the Agreement and the preparations made by Serbia for the implementation of the Agreement, were discussed. It was also an opportunity to present the results of the Disaster Risk Reduction Program implemented in Serbia, which contributes to the strengthening of climate change resilience.

For more information on the panel discussion, see: www.europa.rs

 

 

19 November 2016

MARRAKECH CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) were held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.

The Conference successfully demonstrated to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change continues.

More on Conference: COP 22, as well as on the website of the Ministry.

 

 

7 November 2016

PARIS AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO FORCE

The Paris Agreement, adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, entered into force on 4 November 2016. Under the Agreement, all governments that have ratified the accord, which includes the US, China, India and the EU, now carry an obligation to support global action in order to keep a global temperature rise well below 2°C. At this point 113 countries formally ratified the Agreement. The first Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement will be organised on 15 November 2016 at the UNFCCC Marrakech Climate Conference (COP 22) in Morocco.

Serbia prior to the Paris Agreement submitted its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) with the pledge made a pledge to reduce emissions by 2030 by 9.8% compared to 1990 and is in the process of ratifying the Agreement. As a consequence Serbia now needs to put robust climate and energy policies that will enable not only the implementation of the current pledge but also of its strengthening in the coming years.

 

2 November 2016

KRALJEVO CITY IS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Today in the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Kraljevo was held a round table with the theme “Climate change, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and local development”. Mark van Wees, the team leader of the Climate Change and Action Plan EU funded project, also attended the event, stressing that the development of these important documents ranges from the foundations of the society and not being created from the top of the pyramid and then sent for consideration and adoption. Read more on this at link of Danas newspaper.

 

 

31 October 2016

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE – COP 22

The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) will be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.

For more information visit link UNFCCC.

 

15 October 2016

13TH ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION FAIR – ECOFAIR

13th Environment and Natural Resource Protection Fair – EcoFair 2016 was organized at Belgrade Fair in the period 12-14 October 2016. The presentation of the Sector for Climate Change in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection titled “Role of the stakeholders in creation of climate change mitigation policies” was held on 13 October 2016.

For more information visit link Program ECOFAIR 2016