Millions of households across the Western Balkans live in the state of energy poverty, but they remain invisible to the existing policies. We all must contribute to secure a just green transition with affordable, clean energy for all.
Author: Dušan Kitanović The market for heating systems in the Western Balkans used to be traditionally dominated by solid fuel appliances which were cheap to buy and supplied with fuel (wood and coal) that were easily accessible for most people. In the Read More
Author: Pavle Golicin You’re smart… You change the old for the new… You change the bad for the good… You change the wrong for the right… Thinking about the change-out of old stoves, I kept singing these lyrics. The song writers certainly didn’t Read More
Author: Rebeka Božović “Smederevac?” scrap metal dealers were almost puzzled when we interviewed them for the quantities of scrap metal coming from disused solid fuel stoves, “Oh yes, we do get one, every now and then!” In Šumadija area, in central Serbia, Read More
Author: Darko Stojilović,Psychology MA In the Western Balkans, the use of wood, coal or other solid fuels is excessively high. Two-thirds of all households in the region use solid fuels or fuelwood for heating, while at least 3 million households operate wood Read More
The Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine will host an annual meeting, whose aim is to support open, multi-stakeholder dialogue on coal phase out and just transition towards sustainable energy sources in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Read More
Energy vulnerable citizens of the Republic of Serbia are not able to provide sufficient heat in the household or to cover the costs of necessary energy. They often resort to reducing expenses for other important needs for the sake of sufficient heat. Read More
The presentation of Anna Sobczak (Policy Coordinator for EU Coal Regions in transition, Just Transition Fund in the context of EU Green Deal, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission), presented on the second day of the conference “How to win the Balkan air-pollution Read More
Cvijetin from Dvorovi near Bijeljina decided to abandon coal and to switch to pellet. The replacement of old, inefficient heating devices is not cheap, but it pays off in many ways.
We can only hope that the new policies will support only pandemic-resistant renewable energy sources. Market price pandemic, that is. Otherwise, certain technologies should be kept quarantined. Ad infinitum.