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Mihajlovic: The use of renewable sources for the production of thermal energy should be a national goal

Mihajlovic: The use of renewable sources for the production of thermal energy should be a national goal

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said today after signing the contract on the construction of biomass boilers for heating in Novi Pazar, that the goal is for all cities and municipalities in Serbia to be green and to use renewable sources for heat and electricity production that will provide a healthier environment.

"This will also mean a higher quality of life in Novi Pazar, because carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced from more than 6,000 tons, to about 500 tons per year, and sulfur dioxide emissions will be reduced to zero." With the realization of this agreement, we are moving towards a sustainable process of green energy production, and everything we are doing should be with the same goal, to enable a healthier environment, not only for us, but also for future generations, "said Mihajlovic.

She called on other local governments to take this path, to use biomass and RES as much as possible, and pointed out that only through the cooperation of central and local authorities can we make the environment healthier and increase the efficiency of energy production.

Nihat Bisevac, the mayor of Novi Pazar, thanked Deputy Prime Minister for the support and emphasized the importance that the new plant will have for the citizens of Novi Pazar.

"When the works are completed, we will be able to provide thermal energy for more than 240,000 square meters of residential and business space, compared to the current 100,000 square meters. Another great benefit for all will be the fact that the heating plant will no longer be in the city center ", said Bisevac.

Rudiger Hartmann, Director of KfW, stressed that this project, worth about seven million euros, is moving towards the process of decarbonisation and increasing air quality and stressed that he hopes to continue cooperation with the Ministry, without whose vision of a green agenda such projects would not be possible.