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Guides for Investors

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is implementing the GEF funded project “Reducing Barriers to Accelerate the Development of Biomass Markets in Serbia” in close partnership with the Ministry of Mining and Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia.

The objective of the Biomass Project is to increase the share of energy from renewable sources in the energy mix of Serbia, namely the share of biomass in power generation. One of project activities is focused on enhancing the capacity of all relevant stakeholders to develop, finance, construct and operate bankable biomass renewable energy projects. To that end an update and revision of six existing, yet outdated guides for investors in renewable energy facilities has been performed, aligning all guides with existing legislation that regulates this matter.

All guides are bilingual and, except for one, were delivered in two versions. Six detailed guides describe in details the comprehensive procedure for constructing the energy facilities and performing economic activity of energy generation from renewable sources. Detailed guides are intended primarily to investors and project developers, but also to officials in different competent institutions since the legal procedure is cross-sectoral. In five less detailed guides the comprehensive matter is described in simpler and illustrative manner with an idea to get this topic closer to the wide range of stakeholders.

The objective of the guides is to encourage and assist the investors interested in the Serbian renewable energy sector, but also to identify through thorough analysis weakness and inconsistencies of the procedure and to encourage competent institutions to perform legal and institutional improvements. We sincerely hope that the guides will trigger constructive dialog between the numerous stakeholders and thus contribute to their better awareness and mutual understanding, which ultimately should result in favorable environment for investments in renewable energy.

Detailed Guides

Brief Guides


Guide for the Local Self-governments on Including Energy Efficiency Aspects in Criteria in Public Procurement Process

A large share of public procurements in Serbia is implemented by the local self-governments. Thanks to their purchasing power to drive the market towards the supply of energy efficient products and services, local authorities, within their competences, can significantly influence energy efficiency in public buildings and services, and therefore the achievement of the objectives of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan. UNDP and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia (SCTM), in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection prepared “The Guide for the Local Self-governments on Including Energy Efficiency Aspects in Criteria in Public Procurement Process”, in accordance with Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services. The Guide is a result of the joint UNDP-SCTM project “Energy Efficiency Awareness Rising for Decision Makers at Local Level in Serbia”. Printing of the Guide was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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Guide for investors: Perennial Energy Crops

In order to present and clarify to market players and particularly to the owners of agricultural holdings or potential investors the possibility of expanding feedstock supplies the UNDP has in cooperation with project partners developed detailed guidelines for the cultivation of perennial energy crops. The first part of the guidelines is intended for policy makers in this area and it provides an overview of practical experiences and lessons learned from the commercial cultivation of perennial energy crops in the region with recommendations for a strategy framework in the field of energy plantations in Serbia. Problems of growing energy plantations on abandoned or marginal land are specifically covered. The second part of the manual is intended primarily for the owners of agricultural holdings and investors. It provides practical instructions and recommendations for the selection of perennial energy crops and their cultivation with a detailed overview of relevant factors, biological stages of energy crops growth, investment costs, yields, environmental impacts, etc.

Guide for investors: Perennial Energy Crops


Guide for Investors: IPARD Programme

One of the ways to increase amounts of biomass used for energy generation is implementation of IPARD Programme for period 2014-2020. IPARD Programme is primarily focused on agricultural producers and rural development. However, among projects dedicated to enhancement of rural development, there are also projects on using renewable energy sources. It is realistic to expect that the most of the projects regarding renewable energy sources under IPARD Programme will be focused majorly on biomass and sun irradiation since both of these are used for generation of both heat and electricity. There will be very few projects considering other types of renewable energy sources (wind, geothermal energy and hydro energy).

Guide for Investors: Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects Supported by IPARD Programme


Guides for Investors in RE Facilities

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) …