Mihajlovic in Vienna: Green Agenda and various energy suppliers necessary to ensure energy stability

Mihajlovic in Vienna: Green Agenda and various energy suppliers necessary to ensure energy stability

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said in Vienna, where she co-chaired the Ninth Energy and Climate Committee of the Energy Community, that for Serbia, like all other members of the organization, the green agenda, energy transition and diversification of roads and energy suppliers are priorities and that it is the only way to combat climate change and to ensure long-term energy stability and independence.

"Energy and climate go together and for all countries, energy security and safety are the most important. The essence is that in the conditions of the global crisis, we continue to implement the process of energy transition even faster and work together to be energy safe and independent in the long run, and without a green agenda this is not possible. Investing in new capacities for the production of energy from renewable sources and increasing energy efficiency are the two main sources of energy security in the world. The period of crisis has not only not stopped that process, but it shows us that with green energy and an accelerated path towards decarbonisation, we will find it easier to cope with all the challenges. "Without investing in new capacities and energy infrastructure, we will not be energy safe, nor will we make progress in the process of decarbonisation," said Mihajlovic in Vienna.

The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that Serbia had determined the direction of development of Serbian energy by adopting a new legislative framework and starting the drafting of strategic documents, and that regional cooperation and EU support were needed to implement the set goals.

"What we have to do, not because someone asks us to, but because it is the only way to be energy safe and stable, to have sufficient amounts of electricity and heat and to change the energy mix, to increase the percentage of RES and to we are investing in new capacities, in solar and wind power plants in RHP, because the essence is to have a healthy environment and enough energy. That is the key to maintaining energy security for the next generations and the essence of economic development, "said Mihajlovic.

Metchtild Woersdoerfer, Deputy Director of the EC Energy Directorate, said the decarbonisation process was important for the whole of Europe and stressed that the EC would provide technical and financial support to speed up the process.

It is very important that we talk about reducing consumption, ie improving energy efficiency, as well as diversification and energy transition in the EU, as well as in the Western Balkans and all members of the Energy Community, and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic, led today's conversations. In moments of energy crisis and high energy and energy prices, it is even more important to make plans for the coming years and decades and to be committed to the goals of decarbonisation by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement. "The EC will provide technical and financial assistance to Serbia, as well as other countries in that process, in order to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of RES," she said.

"We had very important talks on how to achieve common goals and decisions regarding being carbon neutral by 2050. "I think that Serbia, and the entire region, has a lot of potential to increase the use of RES, which is important, because the development of RES along with improving energy efficiency is the essence of sustainable development," said Artur Lorkowski, director of the Energy Community Secretariat.