Presentation of the project and the study on Energy Transition in Kosovo

Prishtina, July the 4th, 2018 – Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) and Germanwatch organized a round table on the study “Phasing in Renewables: Towards a prosperous and sustainable energy future in Kosovo: challenges and possible solutions”. This study is a joint contribution as part of the project of international cooperation “A Multi-stakeholder Partnership for an Energy Transition in Kosovo” funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and implemented by BGF and Germanwatch.

The Executive Director of BGF, Visar Azemi stated that Kosovo has a long way to go towards truly embracing the concept of energy transition in whole, although the experiences of European countries and specifically the ‘Energiewende’ concept of Germany will be used as a reference for supporting the energy transition in Kosovo. “The project through its dialogue based approach aims at addressing important factors in supporting sustainable economic development and clean, affordable energy for all. The study that is completed as part of this project, in general, discusses different aspects of Kosovo’s path towards a sustainable energy future, and it also addresses different challenges and possible solutions. Nevertheless, it is of crucial importance the application of the policies and decisions from the relevant institutions towards an energy system with low carbon, a journey that started with the signing of the Energy Community Treaty,” said Azemi.

On the other hand, Martin Schön-Chanishvili from Germanwatch said that: The study shows that the Republic of Kosovo would have significant benefits from more seriously embarking on phasing in renewables. Kosovo may use the experience of other countries like Germany to receive cleaner energy, comply with EU legislation, create new jobs and boost its economy. This would mean a political and technical priority on renewable energy generation. Specifically, our experts have stressed that key steps would be an improvement of investment conditions, an improvement of support schemes, development of the grid and regional market integration. To address these challenges together we are keen to share German experience and to support Kosovo stakeholders in working out own, tailored solutions.”

As part of this project, a core team was created, which is expected to work on the development of a joint strategic vision for energy transition in Kosovo. This group, consisting of 10 members from governmental institutions, academia, civil society, and business sector, throughout a 3 year period of the project length, will be engaged on strategic discussions, workshops and study visits to Germany – the latter aiming to familiarize the group members on experiences and best practices of Germany, and the ways these lessons can be applied to the case of Kosovo.

Participants in this round table discussed about the findings of the study and identified fields that need further and detailed research about the energy transition in Kosovo, because a joint vision towards a future of sustainable energy is more than necessary.

Please click here to read the full study.

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