Action Plan for Sustainable Energy Presented

Action Plan for Sustainable Energy Presented

The draft version of the Action Plan for sustainable energy, a joint project of the City of Sarajevo and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), in which the proposed 47 measures to reduce energy consumption, was presented yesterday in Sarajevo. In 2009, the City of Sarajevo together with Zagreb, Skopje, Podgorica and Freiburg joined the

The draft version of the Action Plan for sustainable energy, a joint project of the City of Sarajevo and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), in which the proposed 47 measures to reduce energy consumption, was presented yesterday in Sarajevo.

In 2009, the City of Sarajevo together with Zagreb, Skopje, Podgorica and Freiburg joined the EU (which now has 2,000 members) by signing the document “Covenant of Mayors”, which committed themselves to a serious approach to the problem of rational use of energy, especially in the field of building construction, street lighting and transport. To create this plan, it was necessary to make the first insight into energy consumption, and Sarajevo has made access to energy consumption for 2008. After collecting data on consumption led to the conclusion that it is necessary to reduce emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere by 2020 to more than 20 percent.

“The main goal is the implementation of the plan to improve the quality of life for citizens of Sarajevo and to reduce emission of CO2 into the atmosphere”, said Vesna Kolega – the head of the department for international development projects of the Regional Energy Agency of Northwest Croatian and one of the authors of this Action Plan.

One of the proposed 47 measures to achieve this plan is to introduce automatic payment of parking, which would reduce the number of cars on the roads, and to achieve this it is necessary to improve public transportation.

Also, one of the measures is the introduction of more renewable energy sources, and that means using solar energy and installation of solar collectors on family homes. The resulting energy would be used to heat water, for example.

Minister of Transport of the Canton Sarajevo, Haris Lulić, explained that in this plan need to include all municipalities of the Canton, not just four city municipalities where the plan was successfully implemented.

He added that it is necessary to find the funding to implement the proposed measures. One part will be separated from the budget, and the rest will sources from partners in European funds and regional networking, emphasizing that they are already some projects, which aim to reduce spending.

Minister Lulic said that the first need to change people’s consciousness about energy use, noting that there were many problems related to obtaining data on energy consumption.

Minister of Education of Canton Sarajevo Emir Suljagic announced in yesterday’s address to the audience that will quickly work to reduce energy in educational institutions, because every year they spends about 6.7 million KM on fuel.

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