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Mihajlovic in Priboj: Energy efficient heating plants are a part of the vision of a green Serbia

Mihajlovic in Priboj: Energy efficient heating plants are a part of the vision of a green Serbia

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, stated in Priboj, where the new biomass heating plant started operating, that the goal of the state is to increase the energy efficiency of the heating plant and the use of fuels that do not affect the health of the environment.

"I am glad to be able to say today that two cities in Serbia, Priboj and Mali Zvornik, have heating plants that use biomass. I am proud because everything was done on time, there were no delays. This is important for all citizens, not only because it is about energy self-sufficiency, since the heating plants will use local wood chips as fuel, but also because of the fact that they will have heating for 24 hours. Also, the ecological picture is important, because the protection of the environment will be different from now on. For Priboj, that means more than 90 percent less sulfur dioxide and about 90 percent less carbon dioxide, which is important for a city that has had a problem with air quality for years. In the structure of heating plants in Serbia, 10 percent uses coal, and 10 uses fuel oil. We have to change that, to switch to RES. In addition to Priboj and Mali Zvornik, where the heating plants were put into operation today, we expect the heating plants in Majdanpek and Novi Pazar next year as well, "said Mihajlovic.

Vladan Krasavac, the head of Macvan district, thanked for the support in the realization of the projects that are being realized on the territory of all municipalities.

"By adopting a set of laws, the Ministry has defined a new energy policy and a basis has been created for all local governments to have assistance and benefit from the construction of new heating plants." Our heating plant is one of two that use biomass, a wood chip. All controls are done. "Thank you to the Government and the Ministry for their support of this project, but also for everything we are doing to become the first green district," said Krasavac.

"The opening of two heating plants in the midst of the energy crisis shows the results of the work of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry." "What has been done in the energy sector in the last year is not years back and together we are moving towards the goal of getting at least 50 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2050," said Boban Perisic, the head of the Zlatibor district.

The President of the Municipality of Mali Zvonik, Zoran Jevtic, thanked the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry for the cooperation so far and pointed out that the municipality still counts on the help of the state.

"In the case of building a new heating plant, it is clear that the municipality would not be able to function alone without the help of the state." This is proof that the Government takes care of small municipalities, "Jevtic said. "It is a great day for both municipalities. The biggest benefit is that the heating will now be 24 hours. We get biomass from our municipality, which will further improve the local economy, "said Jevtic.

Lazar Rvovic, the president of the municipality of Priboj, said that the problem with heating was solved with the completion of the new heating plant.

"It is an important project for the municipality, because we are completely solving the issue of heating. Today, we have completed the long-term process of replacing fossil fuels with biomass. This will have an economic and environmental effect, and the quality of heating will greatly increase. "If we hadn't finished this, the city would probably be without heating this season," he said.

"It's a great day for Priboj. This will mean lower emissions of harmful gases for the municipality, and the energy they will use is far cheaper. We also expect direct economic benefits for local self-government, which is part of the new, more efficient energy policy of the Government, "said Krsto Janjusevic, NE.

Rudiger Hartmann, Director of the KfW Office in Belgrade, congratulated the Deputy Prime Ministers, the Ministry and local governments on the fact that both heating plants became operational at the beginning of the heating season.

"The green agenda and the use of RES are the focus of cooperation, which was discussed in the intergovernmental talks." We also talked about new, joint projects worth 300 million euros, which will be the basis for cooperation when it comes to increasing energy efficiency and the use of RES. We are long-term partners and we are privileged to have a role in advancing all economic and environmental standards. The energy sector is key in our cooperation. "The projects we are working on together are worth 1.5 billion euros," he said.