Mihajlovic with Donnelly: Our vision is sustainable development, Serbia and the United States are partners in the energy transition
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, talked today with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy, Kurt Donnelly, about cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy, projects and plans in the mining sector, strategic frameworks for development and gas diversification.
"Energy transition is a great challenge for everyone, and although we are a small country, we want to be partners. We are proud of the new legal framework we have, which are in line with EU standards, especially in the area of environmental protection. In addition, by the end of the year, we will have a Strategy for the development of energy until 2040 with a vision until 2050 and a plan for climate and energy. At the same time, we are aware that energy security is important at the regional level, given the geostrategic position of Serbia, "said Mihajlovic.
She pointed out that the development of energy is based on four pillars, and that the laws that have been passed are the basis.
"The second pillar is energy efficiency, which we have to raise in order to reduce consumption, because we now spend 40 percent more than the average in EU countries. The third pillar concerns increasing capacity using renewable energy sources and ways to be a carbon neutral country by 2050. The fourth pillar is mining, ie jadarite and copper. The Cukaru Peki mine will start operating in the fall, and Serbia will be the second copper producer in Europe. All pillars are equally important, and the goal and our vision is to make everything sustainable, and reduce the negative impact on the environment. The investment plan in the field of energy and mining includes projects worth 17 billion euros. "Serbia is open to investors from the United States, because we want the best companies in the world," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Speaking about gas supply, she said that the diversification of suppliers is the next step in the supply of this energy source, and that Serbia is interested in the southern gas corridor, as well as the future eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline.
Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy, said that the new US administration has set energy and the fight against climate change high, and that Serbia can count on US assistance in the process of energy transition.
"Although we are at the beginning, it is time to have concrete plans on how to reach a common goal. Our experts are working on that and we want to share all the analyzes, new knowledge with you and provide all the technical assistance. "The most important thing is to take care of people, their jobs, to increase economic activities and improve the quality of life," Donnelly said.