Mihajlovic: We are building a corridor of energy efficiency, reducing consumption is a national goal
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said in Kragujevac, where she visited the works on improving energy efficiency in the elementary school "Radoje Domanovic", that the issue of energy efficiency is not just a matter of reducing bills for heat and electricity, but a matter of development and better living standards.
"The school is 136 years old, but the carpentry has not changed since 1970. This project is jointly financed by the Ministry and the city, and everything will be ready by the beginning of the new school year. What is also important is to think about environmental protection in every project and to teach children about it. "When the works are finished, in addition to saving the city budget due to lower consumption, the emission of carbon dioxide will be reduced by 120 tons per year," she said.
Mihajlovic said that Serbia takes care of the use of resources in the process of energy transition.
"We have to take care of energy security, and that, in addition to the construction of electricity corridors and regional connections, means another corridor - the corridor for raising energy efficiency." We have set a national goal for energy consumption to be lower by at least 30 percent in the next four years, and that is why the state will help both local governments and households to be part of the rational energy consumption project. In the coming years, a minimum of 100 million euros a year will be set aside for that purpose, "the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out.
Biljana Ilic Stosic, the head of Sumadija district, said that it was an energy rehabilitation of one of the oldest schools in the district.
"With the realization of previous projects, the bills for heat and electricity have been reduced by about 40 percent. Also, replacing boilers that use coal with those that use gas is the job of the century for the city and the district. "When we are in times of crisis, and we have projects like this, it proves that we are on the right track," she said.
Nikola Dasic, the mayor of Kragujevac, thanked for the help that the Ministry provides in the realization of this and other projects.
"Finally, we are in a position to solve the problems that developed countries in Europe are also dealing with. We are no longer a state that deals only with existential problems. We also take care of the comfort of students and employees, savings and environmental protection. "This government has shown that we are keeping pace with the world," he said.
Milan Vukasinovic, the director of the elementary school Radoje Domanovic, said that the works were performed without interruption of classes and without difficulties, as well as that the working conditions will be at a much higher level.