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We can do better

November 6, 2017
Every year, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the COP process) brings novelties and lessons to be learned from experts and projects around the world. On the occasion of ‘Transport Days’ at COP23, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) published the report “Beyond emission targets: How to decarbonize the passenger transport sector? Results from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project for Transport (DDPP-T)”, as well as four country studies on how to decarbonize the passenger transport sector: for France, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan. Reaching ...

Serbia moves forward on SDGs

November 3, 2017
The first Constitutional Meeting of the Government Working Group on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on October 23, 2017. Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, Minister without Portfolio responsible for Demography and Population Policy, was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Serbia as the Head of the Working Group on the Implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. In its new composition, the working group consists of representatives of 26 ministries, offices and agencies, together with the Chair. While the working group consists of representatives of state institutions, its meetings will be open to civil, public and ...

Heavy messaging

November 1, 2017
The perils of lead became a hot topic in Moldova during an “International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action”, which took place on October 22-28, 2017. The information campaign aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of lead, and provided advice on how to avoid and prevent lead poisoning, especially where children are concerned. Furthermore, authorities were urged to take additional action to ban the use of lead by 2020. Information leaflets were distributed in Chisinau throughout the information campaign, while lead was also discussed on TV programs, radio spots, and debates held at educational and medical institutions. A representative ...

Apply here for renewables!

October 30, 2017
Applications for renewable investments are turning up in Albania on a regular basis, stimulated among others by the country’s recent decision—along with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)—to attract investors to develop the renewables sector. It should then come as no surprise that Ran Energji sh.p.k. (Limited Liability Company) has applied to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to construct the Lumshtylla hydropower plant. Ran Energji is in the business of designing, building, starting up, administering and maintaining hydropower plants. The production capacity of the proposed hydropower is up to 2 ...

Tirana’s next-generation bus fleet: it’s electrifying!

October 26, 2017
In a bid to reduce pollution and become one of Europe’s first capital cities to launch e-buses, Tirana successfully tested its first electric bus on October 26, 2017. A Polish-built Solaris Urbino 12 (named ‘Bus of the year 2017’) travelled the Kinostudio-Kombinat line last Wednesday, becoming the first electric, public transport bus to be used in all of Albania. And one month ago, the city licensed an electric taxi company for the first time. With nearly 1 million residents and more than 100,000 vehicles on the road, Tirana is Albania’s most polluted city. It is hoped that the introduction of ...

Acting in unison

October 25, 2017
Several regional energy experts gathered in Vienna for the “USAID Europe and Eurasia Energy Officers Meeting” which was held on October 23-25. Representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and other countries from the region used the time to share their energy-related projects and explore opportunities for partnership and cooperation. The Europe and Eurasia Low Emission Development Strategies Platform (LEDS-EEP) Secretariat — represented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) — attended the meeting to introduce its own objectives and activities to the distinct USAID missions and to ...

Renewables on the block

October 24, 2017
On October 24, 2017, Albania’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), held a discussion with interest groups on new solar energy capacities. This followed the signing of memorandum between the parties aimed at promoting sustainable investment in solar power generation through an auction system in accordance with best international practices. The Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Mr. Damian Gjiknuri, stated that solar energy is an extremely important source for Albania, not only because of its geographic position and consequent solar radiation exposure, but also because of a current over-dependency on ...

IRENA points to a greener future by 2060

October 13, 2017
IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) published a new report titled “Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition”. According to report, with the growth of renewable energy and efficiency measures, carbon emissions can be reduced in the G20 countries and globally as well. This would make it possible to avoid exceeding a 2 °C global temperature rise, hence mitigating the more serious effects of climate change. To achieve this target, however, it is estimated that USD 29 trillion would need to be invested in phasing out carbon by 2050. This is a high sum, but ...

Broadening the energy scope

October 11, 2017
Quick success can also lead to growth capable of meeting new challenges. The Commission Initiative on Central and South-Eastern European Energy Connectivity (CESEC), launched in 2015, appears to be one such example: it was decided at the Fourth CESES High-Level Group Ministerial Meeting, held on September 28, 2017, in Bucharest, that CESEC will expand its scope of regional cooperation to include electricity, renewables and energy efficiency. In 2014, the Commission's ‘stress tests' revealed a region extremely vulnerable to a cut in gas supply by its largest, and often sole, supplier. Moreover, consumers have historically paid much more for their gas in this ...

A revolution in life-cycle assessment

October 9, 2017
A case study of the Barnett Shale region in Texas has bucked the norm in redefining how life-cycle land use for generating electricity from natural gas can be quantified. Instead of using assumptions and averages, researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) based their quantifications on physical measurements. After studying satellite images of a seven-county area, as well as data from Texas regulators on production, processing, and the transportation of natural gas, the research team produced a paper called “Understanding the life cycle surface land ...

REAL technical assistance for LEDS-EEP members

October 6, 2017
The Europe & Eurasia LEDS Platform is pleased to announce to its registered members the availability of the Remote Expert Assistance on LEDS (REAL), a service offered by the LEDS Global Platform (LEDS GP). This no-cost service is available to assist government representatives and technical institutes in advancing climate-resilient low emission development and achieving mitigation commitments.  Through its international team of experts, REAL provides no-cost expert advice, conducts review and brief assessments, collects data, and facilitates exchanges between different countries and programmes working on similar low emission topics. LEDS GP priority areas include: policies and programmes for implementing climate-resilient, ...

Firebricks re-emerge as a ‘hot’ topic

October 4, 2017
One of the values of studying history is that it can teach valuable lessons from the past, and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are learning something about energy efficiency from ancient firebricks. Dating back to ancient times, firebricks are a low-cost solution for storing energy from renewable sources, and as their development could greatly broaden the use of wind, solar and nuclear energy and help even out the availability of renewable energy sources, it might just be possible to make a permanent move away from carbon-based sources. And such a turn of events would likely cause energy ...

Tapping the future of solar water heating

October 2, 2017
Under the GEF Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, UNDP is supporting the Government of Albania’s efforts to accelerate a sustainable market development of solar water heating in Albania. The “Country Programme of Albania under the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative” has been implemented by the Albanian government (specifically, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment) and the UNDP since 2010, while GEF funding ended in June 2015. The initiative aims to provide good-quality products and services through an enabling policy framework, increased awareness and ...

October Webinars on Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning

September 29, 2017
The LEDS-EEP Secretariat continues in October with its webinar programme on “Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning”, which started on September 6, 2017. While energy and climate policies are often set at the national level, a significant share of implementation actions are being taken at the regional and municipal level. Overall success depends on the capacity of local authorities to properly plan and select cost-efficient and effective measures and to develop municipal energy sector development plans, while also taking into account any national and international climate policy objectives and the need to minimise the costs of ...

Roll models

September 27, 2017
In an open procedure taking place on 15 September 2017, the Municipality of Tirana, in Albania, began the shift on its procurement preferences for transport vehicles by purchasing five electric cars and one hybrid one. Seems too little? The tender also went for the procurement of a fast charger for this kind of vehicles, which portrays the path the Municipality seems will be taking from now on: to progressively give an example by ‘greening’ the fleet of vehicles in the capital, having thus started with a fund summing almost 360,000 Euro. Most of the fund is expected to be headed for ...

A windy start

September 25, 2017
By the end of 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina will finally have its first operational wind-powered electricity plant, aimed to supply power to the population of the Municipality of Tomislavgrad. Called Mesihovina, the wind farm will be built across a 22 kilometer stretch of land in the central part of the municipality and will have a total capacity of 50.6 MW, according to power company and project investor Elektroprivreda Hrvatske zajednice Herceg Bosne (HZ HB). With an investment of around 81 million Euro, the farm will have 22 wind generators of the SWT-2.3-108 type, expected to produce some 165 GWh of electricity per year. Once the ...

An atlas for smart renewable energy planning

September 22, 2017
IRENA’s Global Atlas for Renewable Energy could possibly be the energetic bible for energy planners. Available for users offline, free and containing Vaisala’s annual average data on solar and wind measurements, this database can efficiently support policymakers, researchers and those involved in planning renewable energy projects. Since its first edition in 2013, IRENA’s Global Atlas has come a long way, giving well-informed, simple and fast to the renewable energy industry. The atlas, therefore, serves the role of promoter to expand renewable energy worldwide by providing trustworthy resources, thus making financial planning more reliable, as well ...

Looking beyond fossil fuels

September 11, 2017
Denmark will sell A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, its last remaining oil and gas company, to French counterpart Total SA, which will take over in 2018. With this move, Denmark takes another significant step towards making a successful green transition. After regulators give their consent, the transaction—worth USD 7.45 billion—follows the sale of Dong Energy’s North Sea assets to German-owned Ineos AG. From government and business leaders to trade unions, Danes are demonstrating clear support for their country’s pioneering turn towards renewable energy. There is one catch, however: Denmark still depends on revenues from ...

Looking beyond business as usual

September 8, 2017
The World Resources Institute recently published a blogpost on the ways that businesses need to readdress their production patterns. According to Eliot Metzger and Katie Pastor, authors of the post titled “Is Your Business Fit for Tomorrow’s Markets? How to Do the Math,” business as usual no longer works under the double pressure of simultaneously increasing consumer demands and diminishing natural resources. Population increases and the industrialisation of developing markets are creating long-term challenges for sustainable development. Businesses need to come to terms with this reality, while still meeting increased demand and mitigating environmental risks and ...

Silicon-based solar cells break efficiency records

September 7, 2017
An international team of researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), recently demonstrated the higher efficiency of silicon-based multijunction solar cells. In a paper called “Raising the one-sun conversion efficiency of III-V/Si solar cells to 32.8% for two junctions and 35.9% for three junctions,” the team discusses how they managed to break the record by designing tandem solar cells that transform sunlight under one-sun illumination into electricity. Solar cells created from ...

From water to fuel

August 28, 2017
A team of scientists from the US-based Lawrence Livermore National Library have designed a new method to extract hydrogen from water, thereby creating a zero-emission fuel. By splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules, the former becomes a clean source of energy for fuel cells. The only by-products of this method are heat and water, thanks to a new category of catalysts that facilitate the process. Lead author Brandon Wood points out that hydrogen has great potential to be a sustainable energy source because it can be utilised without causing carbon emissions. While hydrogen can be extracted from various sources, ...

A new breakthrough for solar technology

August 25, 2017
A collaboration led by the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has developed an economical way to create inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs). A 22.1 percent increase in energy efficiency for small cells and a 19.7 percent increase 1cm2 cells represent genuine breakthroughs. Previous technical problems with perovskite-halides have resulted in reduced photoelectric capacity, which the new technology could correct. Research results show that perovskite layers can, under carefully controlled conditions, be developed to produce thin-film PSCs based on lead-halide-perovskite absorbers. The new result bests the previous record of 20.1 percent for solar cell efficiency. The energy conversion efficiency of ...

Webinar programme on Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning

August 22, 2017
The LEDS-EEP Secretariat is pleased to invite you to participate in its webinar programme on “Tools and Methodologies for Municipal and Regional Sustainable Energy Planning”, which runs from September 6 to October 25, 2017. While energy and climate policies are often set at the national level, a significant share of implementation actions are being taken at the regional and municipal level. Overall success depends on the capacity of local authorities to properly plan and select cost-efficient and effective measures and to develop municipal energy sector development plans, while also taking into account any national and international climate policy objectives and the ...

Reductions with gains

August 21, 2017
One harvests what one sows. This is certainly true of the Republic of Moldova, which recently earned one of the Informative Inventory Report’s (IIR) Inventory Awards 2017 in the category of the best small country IIR in the field of carbon emissions reductions. Moreover, it was as well nominated for the significant IIR improvements category. Back in 1996, the Republic of Moldova became a party to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, on the basis of Parliamentary Decision No. 399-XII. The convention, which was first signed in 1979 in Geneva, provides a common framework for cross-border cooperation on air pollution. ...

Triple the warning

August 18, 2017
Three studies, three results — all aiming in the same critical direction for European citizens. The impacts of climate change are just around the corner and will make daily life increasingly unpleasant, if not intolerable. The first study, “Humid heat waves at different warming levels”, clearly states that if we continue to burn fossil fuels at an increasing rate, many parts of the world — including parts of continental Europe — may face temperatures of up to 55°C. According to the research, published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and carried out by Simone Russo, Jana Sillmann ...

Bringing on the sunshine

August 10, 2017
Stimulating sound investments in solar power generation has been set as a goal by the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Albania and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). With the signature of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last May in Tirana, both institutions have created the basis for establishing an auction-based system that will help develop projects in the country in line with international best practice standards. This will allow Albania to increase the attractiveness of investing in solar power generation, while in the long run reducing its reliance on hydropower and energy imports. Both institutions are ...

Going with the flow

August 9, 2017
With the construction of the Buk Bijela Hydropower Plant (HPP) regarded as a priority for the stability of Republika Srpska’s energy system, the government of this entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation (AVIC-ENG). The document sets out the possibilities for cooperation between Republika Srpska and the Chinese company, which is further supported by the Government of China’s intention to complete the HPP, which will have an installed capacity of 93.52 MW, as well as other energy projects in Republika Srpska. The next step is ...

Individuals against climate change

August 3, 2017
The individual choices we have been making to help tackle climate change may not have been the best ones, after all. According to the recently published study The climate mitigation gap: Education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions, many of the incremental changes advocated by governments worldwide may be missing the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). By analysing and comparing data from a total of 39 peer-reviewed papers, carbon calculators and government reports, the study has come up with a clearer picture of better lifestyle choices to tackle GHG emissions. Practices such as recycling, and replacing ...

The urge to renew

August 2, 2017
Published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the context of the German G20 Presidency, the report Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system sheds light on what will need to be done to meet the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent by 2050, compared to 2015 levels. For one thing, renewables will have a big role to play. According to the IRENA report, renewables can potentially cover up to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide reductions needed to keep the rise in global temperature below 2°C, but for this to happen, renewable energy ...

Summer is coming

August 1, 2017
It’s getting hotter, and not simply because of the natural global cycle of the seasons. If you thought that the new high set in 2016 for the hottest year since modern records began would stand for a while, think again. June 2017 has already been confirmed as the warmest June ever in many parts of the world. And these temperatures certainly come at a heavy cost to the planet. Biodiversity is particularly vulnerable. In an effort to identify how biodiversity will react to a warmer world (from plants and animals to microorganisms), the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) ...

Solar takes the lead

July 31, 2017
Jobs in the millions. And rising. Employment numbers in the renewable energy sector during the 2012–2016 period are escalating, according to the recently published annual report of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In 2016, a total of 9.8 million people were working in the solar (photovoltaic, heating/cooling, and concentrated solar power), liquid biofuels, hydropower (large and small), wind, solid biomass, biogas and geothermal sectors. The European Union (EU) accounted for over 1.16 million workers out of the total. Country wise, the report showcases Germany as the EU leader in renewables, with a total of 334,000 people employed in the sector, and as ...

Energy Standards Make for Efficient Industries

July 25, 2017
A pilot project in 2015–2016 helped 12 Macedonian enterprises to save EUR 526,000 in energy costs. What happened? Watts happened. Or rather, stopped happening. The energy management systems (EnMSs) capacity building and implementation (CBI) programme successfully addressed many of the existing barriers to energy efficiency in Macedonian industries through an integrated approach that combined capacity building with targeted technical assistance interventions at the policy, market and energy efficiency implementation level. Largely funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) — in collaboration with the Regional Environmental Center (REC) FYR Macedonia Country Office — ...

Renewable rates

July 20, 2017
Blessed with 240 to 300 days of sunshine per year, it makes clear sense for Albania to develop its capacity to reap the benefits of solar energy. Nonetheless, it has taken until now for Albanians to urge its Ministry of Energy to move forward on the construction of solar energy production parks. As investors in the country are also demonstrating a growing interest in wind and water-generated power generation, the Albanian Energy Regulatory Entity (ERE) has initiated procedures to set prices for solar and wind energy. A decree of the Council of Ministers (DCM), “On the adoption of the methodology for ...

An energy strategy for the future

July 19, 2017
With the recent completion of the “New Energy Strategy of Ukraine through 2035: Energy Safety, Efficiency, Competitiveness”, Ukraine now has the means to carry out a broad reform of its national energy complex that focuses on the achievement of priority targets for safety and efficiency, and can assure innovative upgrades and integration with the EU energy sector. The execution of New Energy Strategy (NES) tasks in the 2025-2035 period will involve taking a different approach towards regulating Ukraine’s energy sector, and is predicated on basic principles that EU countries have adopted. The new document provides for ...

Laying the ground for energy alternatives

July 17, 2017
On July 10-11, 2017, Kyiv welcomed a contingent of 15 LEDS-EEP members from Albania, Georgia, Moldova and different parts of Ukraine. They joined other 40 energy planning practitioners and energy modelling experts from Ukrainian municipalities, associations and international institutions to participate in the “Workshop on Tools and Methodologies for Municipal Sustainable Energy Planning”. The capacity-building event was organised by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of Ukraine (IEF) in the framework of the REC project “Local Initiatives for Sustainable Ukraine (LINK)”, which is supported by the Norwegian Ministry ...

Ukraine approves Energy Efficiency Fund legislation

July 5, 2017
The Verkhovna Rada (the unicameral parliament of Ukraine) recently adopted the “Law on the Energy Efficiency Fund”, which is to serve as a technical and financial tool that will not only enable the more efficient use of state budget funds, but is also intended to attract international aid. Of major significance is that the Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) has been designed to help reduce gas consumption in Ukraine by an estimated 30 percent. Based on this understanding, the European Union has already confirmed that it will provide financial support worth EUR 100 million towards achieving the targeted reduction amount. Currently, ...

Reaping the wind

July 4, 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) expects to get an energy boost with the planned completion of a windfarm capable of producing 112 MW, made possible through an investment of EUR 150 million by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC). Scheduled for completion at the end of 2017, the project follows the 2016 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between CMEC and the VE Gradinaa d.o.o. Cebara-Tomislavgrad company. While the BiH government has yet to give a green light for the project, CMEC has nonetheless announced its readiness to make more investments in the country, considering the high efficiency rate of windfarms in the ...

Ukraine signs law on electricity market

July 3, 2017
In line with requirements of the EU’s Third Energy Package, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed the “Law on the Electricity Market”. The new legislation, which aims to fulfil Ukraine’s obligations under the agreement on the Energy Community establishment and the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, introduces a multi-segmented market model that includes a bilateral contracts market, a “day ahead” market, a diurnal market, a balancing market, and an ancillary services market. Implementation of the law provides for a two-year transition period. Moreover, the new legislation aligns with the ...

Charting the course for a future in a 1.5°С World

June 2, 2017
A new paper from the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Kyiv office, “A Change of Course: How to Build a Fair Future in a 1.5°С World”, is both an overview of the global climate crisis and a call to action. The publication focuses on detecting the drivers of environmental degradation, while highlighting possibilities to minimise their negative influence at a time during which the burning of fossil fuels causes two-thirds of total global emissions. The paper takes the uncompromising position that radical emissions reduction is the only course forward in pursuing a fair future for humankind and the ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina aims for functional electricity market, plans power exchange

June 1, 2017
The Independent System Operator (NSO) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) recently announced its plan to finally establish a power exchange in the country. The primary aim of the measure is to meet the prerequisites of a functional electricity market, while also representing a fundamental step towards establishing connections with neighbourhood markets. The NSO expressed its intent to set up a project company — potentially in Mostar, located in the western part of the country — to establish the power exchange. The company would then cooperate with neighbouring electricity markets and try to forge strategic partnerships with power exchanges in Europe, ...

Ukraine introduces new building code to save energy

May 31, 2017
Ukraine’s Ministry of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities has introduced a new building code. “Structures of Buildings and Facilities: Thermal Building Insulation”, which entered into force earlier this month, will strengthen building requirements related to energy efficiency and energy savings. This document is a clear indicator along the path that Ukraine is taking to bring its legislation in compliance with the EU standards on energy efficiency. It is expected that the norms of Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Energy Performance of Buildings will be included in the new ...

The last gasp for coal?

May 30, 2017
Empires are built to crumble—or so history teaches us—but is “King Coal” anywhere close to breathing his last? With the costs of green energy steadily going down, wind and solar power technologies are shutting down coal plants close throughout Europe. Big companies, from Austria to the United Kingdom—e.g. Drax Group Plc, Steag GmbH and Uniper SE—are closing or converting their coal-burning generators, according to recent media reports. Alert to this trend, the International Energy Agency has slashed its outlook for European Union coal use in 2030 by 12 percent—now ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina to face sanctions from Energy Community

May 29, 2017
Due to what came to be considered “insufficient efforts by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to meet its obligations under the terms of the Treaty of the Energy Community”, the latter decided in April to pursue punitive measures against the country. The sanctions, halted last October after negotiations with the BiH government bodies on the implementation of the Action Plan for the Transfer of Legal Property in the Energy Sector, are now being reintroduced since the government failed to synchronise expected provisions in March. The provisions in question relate to energy market regulations, violations of which could result in ...

Ukraine Parliament passes bill on Energy Efficiency Fund

May 26, 2017
The Ukrainian Parliament recently passed at a first reading Bill No. 5598 on the Energy Efficiency Fund, which had been registered since December 2016. Backed by a total of 227 lawmakers, the bill advances a technical and financial mechanism that will facilitate a more effective use of national budget funds—and will also attract international assistance. According to the Hennadiy Zubko, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities, the fund will help to reduce gas losses in the heat-supply system and the housing sector, which currently total 2.4 billion m³ and 9 billion m³, respectively. Moreover, ...

Transport Toolkit ready to test-drive

May 25, 2017
The LEDS Global Partnership recently announced the launch of its updated and redeveloped Transport Toolkit, made in partnership with the Transport Working Group. The toolkit aims to support development planners, technical experts and decision makers at national and local levels in the planning and implementation of low-emission transport systems that support economic growth. The transport sector is responsible for approximately 23% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, transport emissions are increasing at a faster rate than from any other sector. It is therefore crucial for countries and cities to implement comprehensive policies, to promote behavioural change, and ...

Second Meeting of LEDS-EEP Steering Committee held in Berlin

May 24, 2017
Focusing on the formation of working groups (WGs) that will determine the course of action for the Europe & Eurasia Low Emissions Development Strategies Platform (LEDS-EEP), the project’s steering committee held its second meeting on May 4 in Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with this year’s Global NDC Conference. Benefitting from the presence of LEDS Global Platform representatives and platform WGs, the steering committee was briefed on project aims and current tasks. The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), acting as LEDS-EEP Secretariat, shared and discussed the results of the general survey on establishing the ...

Making Biomass Power a New Economic Option

April 20, 2017
The current reality of using biomass for energy is one related to high inefficiency, with large volumes of useable biomass being wasted or burned to produce low grade heat. Nevertheless, that reality could soon change with the new, innovative biomass power generation technology currently being developed in the Europe and Eurasia region.  It’s called the Co-Integrated Steam and Compression Cycle (CSCC) Technology, and it utilizes sustainable biomass — at an efficiency that is comparable with coal — to provide economic dispatchable power generation. The CSCC technology aims to provide an opportunity to use biomass more efficiently and ...

Ukraine: A Diagnose for an Energy Efficient Health Sector

April 19, 2017
The health sector in Ukraine has started to make its first steps in the energy efficiency path. During the next three years, the project “Modernisation of the Partnership for Energy Efficiency in Hospitals” will aim to enhance energy efficiency for energy saving, diversification and maintenance of a sustained energy supply in the cities of Chernihiv and Sumy. The goal, most certainly, is to collect lessons for the project and broaden the scope for hospitals at the national level. The project — an initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with the partnership of ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: An Agreement to Tackle GHG Emissions

April 18, 2017
The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) recently concluded on March an agreement that is set to boost the country’s capacities to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Concluded between the Federal Ministry of Environmental Protection Environment and Tourism of BiH and the Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CMSR) from Ljubljana, Slovenia, the “Agreement on cooperation in the field of environmental protection, certification and decrease of GHG emissions, methodology for evaluation of the quality of infrastructure and energy efficiency of renewables” is now ready and authorized to be signed by Edita Đapo, the Federal Minister of ...

Ukraine Modernizes its Energy Processes and Aims for the Paris Agreement

April 13, 2017
A large-scale energy performance modernization for hospitals, schools, municipalities and other institutions is finally to become a reality in Ukraine. On March 23 2017, the Law 4549 became operative, introducing amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On implementation of new investment opportunities, guaranteeing the rights and legitimate interests for business entities during a large-scale energy modernization process” Within this scheme, energy service companies will have an opportunity to sign contracts with any budgetary institutions enhancing the energy market and coming to support the budgetary institutions on energy efficiency implementation. The Law has become the formal base for the energy service procurement ...

Serbia’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC

April 12, 2017
On 21 March 2017, the Fourth session of the Serbian National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) was held, giving an opportunity for the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection to present its activities, as well as for other relevant NCCC institutions to be presented and expose the progress Serbia has made since the last session of this body, back in February 2016. The Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Mr. Branislav Nedimović expressed the need to make efforts to reduce the negative impacts of climate change, while trying to turn them to profit for the Serbian economy. Moreover, he stated how the timely and ...

Formation of the LEDS-EEP Steering Committee

April 11, 2017
On 23 March 2017, the Low Emissions Development Strategies – Europe and Eurasia Platform (LEDS-EEP) held its first Steering Committee meeting to officially start working on its mission to connect decision makers, stakeholders, and experts on the task of achieving development goals while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and guarding against the dangers of a changing climate.  Fifteen (15) members of the LEDS-EEP Steering Committee were selected out of 28 nominations coming from governmental institutions and NGOs in 10 countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and the United Kingdom. The meeting showcased the unanimous approval of the Terms of Reference for operation of ...

Climate-KIC joins steering committee of the Low Emission Development Strategies – Europe & Eurasia Platform

March 31, 2017
Climate-KIC is pleased to announce its joining of the Steering Committee for the Low Emission Development Strategies Europe & Eurasia Platform (LEDS-EEP).   The LEDS-EEP’s mission is to create and support a community of practitioners that will promote and implement Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) across Europe & Eurasia, which is comprised of Europe and the nations of the Black Sea region. The platform is designed to support peer-to peer learning, knowledge sharing, advisory support, and improved regional coordination and cooperation among governmental and non-governmental partners, including academia, business, associations, NGOs and individuals to help European and Eurasian countries ...

Wind Power Gains Ground —and Sea— as Costs Drop

March 23, 2017
The long-lasting argument of high prices making wind energy related investments unfeasible — in comparison to nuclear and coal power ones — has started to hit the wall. A sea wall. According to an article from Bloomberg, in the past five years the required investment to build an offshore wind farm in European seas has fallen 46%. Even more, last year overall costs fell by 22%. This trend now depicts a scenario in which erecting turbines in the seabed has come to cost an average 126 USD for each megawatt-hour of capacity, a price below the 155 USD MW/h price expected for investing in new ...

Law on Energy Efficiency adopted in Bosnia and Herzegovina

February 7, 2017
The month of February has started with good news for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), with The House of the Peoples adopting the Draft Law on Energy Efficiency, meant to start setting the conditions to improve energy efficiency for the country. The law states that the national objectives to achieve energy efficiency consumption targets until 2020 will rely on the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP). The law will enable BiH to fulfil one of its obligations established by the Energy Community, and to access EU funds for projects in the energy sector. The law provides distinct measures leading to the goal ...

The Europe and Eurasia Regional Platform for Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS EEP)

December 8, 2016
Representatives from over 40 government ministries, environmental NGOs, research institutes and other interested parties participated in a workshop for the formation of a new USAID-sponsored regional platform of the Low-Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) for the Europe and Eurasia region (LEDS EEP). The LEDS EEP is intended to create and support a community of practitioners that will promote and implement LEDS across Eastern Europe and the nations of the Black Sea region through peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, advisory support, and improved regional coordination and cooperation. The goal is to help the countries of Europea and Eurasia to achieve transformative, ...

New LEDS Platform Kicks off

December 5, 2016
The LEDS Europe and Eurasia Platform (LEDS EEP) will hold its inaugural Steering Committee meeting and Annual Forum over two days in the first week of December 2016. The two sessions will mark the official launch of the platform and initiate its important work to facilitate peer learning, information sharing, and the advancement of low-emission development strategies (LEDS) throughout the region. The LEDS EEP mission is to create and support a community of practitioners that will promote and implement LEDS across the Europe and Eurasia (E&E) region, which comprises Europe and the countries of the Black Sea region. The platform ...

Paris Agreement Enters into Force

November 11, 2016
With the vote by the European Parliament to ratify the Paris climate accord put forth as a product of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris last December, the agreement has reached its threshold for entry into force. Entry into force required the ratification of the agreement by a minimum of 55 of the 192 countries who are signatories to the UNFCCC, and required that those parties ratifying the accord represent a minimum of 55% of global emissions of greenhouse gases. With the European Parliament’s vote, 92 countries have adopted the ...

Ukraine LEDS Process Moves Forward

October 27, 2016
The Ukraine Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) held the second of four Advisory Group meetings on October 27, 2016, this one focused on the review and approval of catalogs of policy options from which to select top-priority strategies to achieve the country’s low-carbon development goals. Over 40 people from ministries, the private sector, and other stakeholder groups participated.  Moving forward from this point, the project takes on the task of selecting, customizing design, and then analyzing the effectiveness of LEDS. For more information on the MERP, click here

New Eastern Partnership on Environment and Climate

October 18, 2016
The inaugural Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal ministerial meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, on October 18, 2016. The EaP connects the European Union with six Eastern European countries (Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine) through an agreement to enhance cooperation on climate change, environmental issues, and issues related to sustainable and inclusive economic development. Topics for discussion at the October inaugural meeting included the enhancement of actions in service of the goals of nationally determined contributions under the Paris climate accord, as well as commitments to future meetings and agendas for those meetings. The partnership’s activities and management will ...

EEA Study on European Electricity Sector Pathways to Decarbonization

October 7, 2016
A new study on the electricity generation sector in Europe, published by the European Environment Agency, notes the continued significant reliance on fossil fuels for approximately half the region’s energy supply. The paper has as its context the need for a dramatic shift in fuel supplies for electricity if the region is to decarbonize, as it has committed to do by 2050. The study, which was published on October 7, 2016, lays out a detailed profile of electricity generation in Europe and in specific regions, and then develops what its authors describe as feasible decommissioning and decarbonization pathway scenarios for comparison ...