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Further development of cooperation between the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Further development of cooperation between the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Director of German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Belgrade, Mr Gerhard Sippel and the Deputy Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia, Ms Steliana Nedera signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the two organizations in the field of energy efficiency on the premises of the United Nations building in Belgrade on 13 December 2016.

Conference: Use of Biomass for Energy Purposes – the Road to Business Success

Conference: Use of Biomass for Energy Purposes – the Road to Business Success

The conference “Use of Biomass for Energy Purposes – the Road to Business Success” has been taking place on October 13th 2016 in the framework of 12th Belgrade Energy Fair in the Ceremonial hall of the Administration Building. The conference is jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgrade and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia with the support of the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia. This conference aims at promoting and supporting investments in biomass energy in Serbia. It will also contribute to successful cooperation between the Slovakia and Serbia in related fields. This event gathers relevant actors in energy and agriculture sectors, including competent authorities, donors, banks, investors and biomass suppliers.

Biogas plant in Botoš put into operation

Biogas plant in Botoš put into operation

On 4 October 2016, a biogas plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) was ceremonially put into operation in the Banat village of Botoš, in the vicinity of Zrenjanin. The plant is owned by the company “Biolektra doo”. Construction of the plant was supported by approval of a grant based on the public call published last year by the Ministry of Mining and Energy in cooperation with UNDP. The incentive funds were provided by the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) within the UNDP Project “Reducing Barriers to Accelerate the Development of Biomass Markets in Serbia”. In this case, the total value of grant amounted to 15% of the plant investment value, i.e. 275.000 USD. The plant has 0.6 MW of installed electric and 0.6 MW of installed thermal power. Technology of Dutch company Host was implemented for production of biogas. The expected annual production of power amounts to 5,000 MWh. Construction of two further stages of power plant, when two more CHP units of the same capacity will be added, is envisaged. Upon completion of the third stage, the power plant will have the total installed capacity of 1.8 MWe. The total value of investment into this plant amounts to 2.37 million USD.

Visit to the Biogas Plants in Bač

Visit to the Biogas Plants in Bač

On 25 May 2016, the UNDP Project Team organized a study visit to the site of three biogas plants in Bač. The participants included the UNDP regional technical advisor, Ms Marina Olshanskaya, representatives of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Regional Development Agency Srem, and representatives of municipalities Sremska Mitrovica, Ruma, Pećinci, Šid, Irig, Stara Pazova and Inđija who constitute the inter-municipal working group for energy, and representatives of the UNDP office in Belgrade.

Continued cooperation between the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and United Nations Development Programme

Continued cooperation between the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and United Nations Development Programme

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia, Ms Irena Vojackova Sollorano, and the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS), Mr. Marko Čadež, in the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on 27 April 2016 signed the Memorandum of Understanding related to cooperation between the two organizations in different fields of common interest. The need for formalizing this cooperation has become evident since in view of the shared missions and objectives between the two organizations, in order to improve the efficiency and coordination of their development activities.

Serbia introduces the energy management system in local self-governments

Serbia introduces the energy management system in local self-governments

The inception seminar titled “Establishment of the energy management system in units of local self-government“, organized by the Ministry of Mining and Energy (MME) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), held on 11 April 2016 in the premises of the MP’s Club and presenting the UNDP/GEF project „Removing Barriers to Promote and Support the Energy Management System in Serbia“ thus initiating the process of operational introduction of the energy management system in local self-governments.