Citizens Have the Right to Know What Prevents Progress and Quality of Life

Citizens Have the Right to Know What Prevents Progress and Quality of Life

EFFECT network aims to contribute to the creation of environmentally friendly energy sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who meets all the international commitments made in the EU accession process, as well the Energy Community Treaty on issues of increasing energy efficiency, use of renewable sources of energy in reducing the negative impact of fossil fuels

EFFECT network aims to contribute to the creation of environmentally friendly energy sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who meets all the international commitments made in the EU accession process, as well the Energy Community Treaty on issues of increasing energy efficiency, use of renewable sources of energy in reducing the negative impact of fossil fuels on the environment, human health and overall socio-economic development.

“In the past four years, CRP is intensively building an intersectoral EFFECT network for environmentally friendly energy. The members of the network are primarily individuals, experts in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, people who through their professional knowledge and competence can contribute significantly to the institutional and constructive approach that we advocate”, said Amir Zahirović, Project Coordinator.

Sustainable energy development in the European Union is based on organized approach and strategic documents, such as: State Energy Sector Development Strategy, adopted legislation and action plans that define implementation of the said strategy.

Unlike other countries of the European Union, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have a clearly defined objective of the energy sector due to non-existence strategies for energy sector, the Law on Energy Efficiency and action plans at all levels of government.

“Besides the absence of the required legislation in the field of energy in FBiH, the current energy policy is lead by energy distribution companies. Thermal energy is much neglected. Such unfinished state prepares the ground for the ‘wild goose chase’ and corruption!”, said Ervin Đember, certified consultant for energy efficiency.

“An illustration of the lack of responsibility of the government and the chaotic situation is the fact that the key ministry to regulate the energy sector in the Federation (Federal Ministry of Energy, Mining and Industry) still has no Minister. Another ministry that is responsible for the area of energy efficiency (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) also has no minister”, added Mr. Đember.

In the process of public hearings, EFFECT network gave specific comments on the draft Law on Energy Efficiency FBiH, which is, in the meantime, in the form of a proposal adopted by the House of Representatives of the Federation, and is now waiting for approval of the House of Peoples of the Federation.

The biggest obstacle is the lack of a broad, meaningful, integrated action to implement the strategy, and combined with incentives that motivate customers to deal with and invest in increasing energy efficiency with a view to positive long-term goals.

“Energy efficiency is one of the main mechanisms for change and the most appropriate response to the current situation in BiH. Investing in energy efficiency enables employment of a large number of people in a very wide geographical area through increased involvement of local businesses and workforce”, said Hamid Mehinović, director of the Center for Education and Raising Awareness of Energy Efficiency – Energis.

In addition to job creation and employment the direct benefits to citizens by investing in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources is reduced pollution that has become alarming, reducing health problems due to the increasing concentration of CO2, SO2 and other pollutants in the air. Any improvement of end-use efficiency is to contribute to the quality of life of citizens.

Renewable Energy Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina