20 December 2018
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP SESSION
At the Technical working group meeting held on 20th of December 2018, it was discussed on the vision for the Future of Serbia (2050 and beyond), regarding GHG emissions scenarios.
Fighting climate change requires all countries to do their fair share in reducing GHG emissions, with a view to limiting global temperature increase well below 2ºC. The European Commission has recently issued a communication indicating the EU will be climate neutral (zero net GHG emissions) by 2050.
In the scope of the EU funded project Climate Strategy and Action Plan, four GHG emissions scenarios are being developed, of which we discussed together with the modelling teams, the two scenarios, described below:
- M3 – Ambitious 2030 Scenario
- M4 – Maximum 2050 ambition scenario
In order to identify the most efficient emissions pathways in each of the scenarios above, the contributions of each of the following emissions sources or sinks were discussed: energy sector (including supply and demand; residential, commercial and industry); transport; agriculture, forestry and land use, land use change; and waste.
Stakeholders replied to the survey before the meeting, with regards to their personal vision for Serbia in 2050 and beyond.
See here Agenda of the session.
ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN PRIORITY SECTORS workshop
The identification of three adaptation options for three priority sectors – agriculture, forestry and water resources, is one of the main objectives of the project “Climate Strategy and Action Plan”, supported by the EU and implemented under the coordination of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The Climate Strategy and Action Plan while focused on mitigation, include selected adaptation measures for priority sectors, selected based on their vulnerability to climate change and importance regarding mitigation. The adaptation measures with details of related technical and administrative requirements can be regarded as high priorities for future adaptation action in the Republic of Serbia.
In order to present the Result 5- Three climate change adaptation options for priority sectors and Adaptation Planning Framework, a project organized the Workshop “Adaptation to climate change in priority sectors?” as one of the events during the European Climate Diplomacy Week.
The Workshop took place on Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 11:30 AM at EU Info Centre, Kralja Milana 7, Belgrade. Please read here the Agenda of the workshop.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT – Stakeholders identified priority adaptation measures for water, agriculture and forestry sectors
The first stakeholder engagement initiative took place on October 24th and 25th 2017, under the project’s Result 5: adaptation. The aim of the engagement was to collect stakeholder’s opinion on the greatest risks from climate change impacts to three priority sectors: Water, Agriculture and Forestry.
Overall, 34 participants from more than 25 organizations representing governmental institutions, industry, local communities, academics and NGOs participated in the two-days’ workshop. 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.
By combining the assessed risks with the likelihood for impacts given in the Second National Communication, the project team proposed a short list of adaptation measures composed only of those measures which addressed the highest risks. Participants were then invited to evaluate the selection of measures that address the highest risk through assessing the measure’s effectiveness, efficiency, mitigation, urgency and multifunctionality.
The elaborated three priority adaptation measures per sector will be included in the Strategy and Action Plan.
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 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. The Project will support the Ministry of Environmental Protection to prepare a national cross-sectoral Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. 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).
Opening speeches were given by Stana Božović, State Secretary of the Ministry of 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 Miletić, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Stana Božović said the Climate Change Strategy will define the goals and ways of achieving GHG emissions reduction as well as financial funds, the necessary investment in technologies and practices. The Strategy will be in line with all the commitments to the international community as well as the national objectives. Commitment of Serbia is clear as Serbia is one of the ten countries in the world and the first country in the region to announce its INDC. The Strategy will support fulfilling of the commitments of Serbia from the Paris Agreement. The activities in climate change domain are also very important for Serbia’s accession path and faster accomplishment of the EU standards.
Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić said Serbia is determined to make a large contribution to the fight against climate change. Ministry and energy companies will provide their contribution to climate action through efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, production of energy from renewable sorces and improving energy efficiency. Serbia made a commitment to generate 27% of the total energy from renewable sorces by 2020.
Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Michael Davenport said the EU put climate change mitigation at the top of its agenda and Serbia is an important partner in the global fight against climate change. It is the first country in the region to submit its INDC. Serbian economy should be supported to sustainable development and transition to low carbon economy. The preparation of Climate Change Strategy should be a transparent and inclusive process.
French Ambassador Christine Moro said the Paris Agreement continues to gain momentum with recent ratification by USA and China. Serbia signed the Agreement and hopefully it will soon be ratified. The Climate Strategy and Action Plan project provides an opportunity to see how much Serbia has progressed since the Paris Agreement.
Danijela Božanić, Head of Sector for Climate Change at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said the Project Climate Strategy and Action Plan will focus on the GHG reduction but not in an isolated way though taking into account the adaptation. The Strategy will aim at identifying new opportunities for industries, directions for competitive and sustainable development, consideration of the energy security and alignment of national policies with the EU frameworks.
The Project actives were presented by Mark van Wees, Project Team Leader and Dr. Sebastian Carney Mitigation Component Leader. Representatives of Serbian governmental institutions, industries and businesses, civil society and academia shared their expectations regarding the Climate Change Strategy. These stakeholders were invited to support the development of the Strategy and provide useful inputs.
From the web site of Chamber of Commerce and Industry