Impacts and costs of anti-coal campaigning in Kosovo and the region

Prishtina, 17 October, 2016 – Balkan Green Foundation, in cooperation with Zelena Akcija (Green Action), organized a National Seminar with the topic: “Economic, environmental, and health impacts and costs in anti-coal campaigning,” within the project "Advocacy NGOs networks for sustainable use of energy and natural resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey – ETNAR."

The two day seminar discussed the costs and the externalities of coal based energy production, with the focus on economic, environmental, and health impacts. Moreover, the Seminar confronted advocacy challenges in addressing the concerns regarding the coal based energy production and its impacts, and focused on EU frame of legislation on the matter.

Ever since the post war period, energy has been a priority discussion amongst different social stakeholders in Western Balkans region, this due to many problems the sector has – from high energy losses, inefficient use of electricity, high prices, carbon emissions, and others. Elaborating on each region of Western Balkans at a time, it was highly emphasized for the need to demand the end of fossil era – respectively coal based energy production – and aim for big transformational change. In addition, concerns regarding climate change due to emissions were tackled during the seminar, highlighting that decision making bodies around WB countries should make drastic cuts in their carbon emissions, and increase energy efficiency.

Furthermore, during the seminar it was also discussed that the potentials for the initiation of a cleaner energy production are feasible for each WB country, which would directly improve public health, create green jobs, and create a diversified, decentralized, and climate-safe energy system. Additionally, it was accentuated that emphasis should be given to regional cooperation, being one of the cornerstones of the Energy Union, since strong campaigns, dedication, mobilization, and joint efforts can bring results which would provide economic, social, and environmental benefits for all.

The lecturers of the seminar included experts from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia etc. whereas as participants it included representatives from environmental NGO’s and agencies, environmentalists, experts of relevant fields.

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