Ambassadors of the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Republic of Germany and Sweden, and residential representative of the United Nations Development Programme sent a joint letter to the authorities in the Federation to mark the failure of the Law on Energy Efficiency.
The letter was delivered to the House of Peoples of the Federation BiH, FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalić and relevant ministries.
As stated, the Law on Energy Efficiency in the Federation is in the process of adoption from 2013 which has cause most numerous problems in the implementation of activities in the field of energy efficiency in the Federation. Because of the delay in adopting the law, citizens are deprived to fully take advantage of the systematic implementation of energy efficiency measures in their daily lives. In addition, BiH has failed to fulfill its obligations under the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, which is an important element in the EU accession process.
– Most importantly, BiH is not able to take advantage of energy efficiency measures that would greatly contribute to the sustainable development of the economy and the living standards of its citizens – said in a statement the embassy.
They add that the energy efficiency sector has significant untapped potential that would provide economic and environmental benefits, such as investment, create jobs, reduce harmful emissions, save energy and save money.
– Analysis of the draft National Action Plan for energy efficiency show that the investment potential of as much as 5 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A very small number of economic sectors in BiH have such clear potential for mutual benefit of both private and public sector as there is in the sector of energy efficiency – the statements from the embassy.