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,Â 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,Â Skopje, Podgorica and Freiburg joined the EU (which now has 2,000 members) byÂ signing the document “Covenant of Mayorsâ€, which committed themselves to aÂ serious approach to the problem of rational use of energy, especially in theÂ field of building construction, street lighting and transport. To create thisÂ plan, it was necessary to make the first insight into energy consumption, andÂ Sarajevo has made access to energy consumption for 2008. After collecting dataÂ on consumption led to the conclusion that it is necessary to reduce emissionsÂ of harmful gases into the atmosphere by 2020 to more than 20 percent.
“The main goal is the implementation of the planÂ to improve the quality of life for citizens of Sarajevo and to reduce emissionÂ of CO2 into the atmosphere”, said Vesna Kolega â€“ the head of the departmentÂ for international development projects of the Regional Energy Agency ofÂ Northwest Croatian and one of the authors of this Action Plan.
One of the proposed 47 measures to achieve this plan isÂ to introduce automatic payment of parking, which would reduce the number ofÂ cars on the roads, and to achieve this it is necessary to improve publicÂ transportation.
Also, one of the measures is the introduction of moreÂ renewable energy sources, and that means using solar energy and installation ofÂ solar collectors on family homes. The resulting energy would be used to heatÂ water, for example.
Minister of Transport of the Canton Sarajevo, HarisÂ LuliÄ‡, explained that in this plan need to include all municipalities of theÂ Canton, not just four city municipalities where the plan was successfullyÂ implemented.
He added that it is necessary to find the funding toÂ implement the proposed measures. One part will be separated from the budget,Â and the rest will sources from partners in European funds and regionalÂ networking, emphasizing that they are already some projects, which aim toÂ reduce spending.
Minister Lulic said that the first need to changeÂ people’s consciousness about energy use, noting that there were many problemsÂ related to obtaining data on energy consumption.
Minister of Education of Canton Sarajevo Emir SuljagicÂ announced in yesterday’s address to the audience that will quickly work toÂ reduce energy in educational institutions, because every year they spends aboutÂ 6.7 million KM on fuel.