Serbia and the region face a problem of coal dependence

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The representative of the Center for Creating Policies and Strategies, Nenad Spasojevic, stated today that Serbia and the region, in the process of switching to renewable energy sources, are facing a problem that is largely dependent on coal.
“You have a problem that these countries are largely polluted and dependent on one energy source. Dependence on lignite is risky for human safety,” Spasojevic said at the workshop “Monitoring public policies in the field of climate change.”
Spasojevic assessed that the competent authorities are to blame for the fact that Serbia is in an ungrateful situation regarding the adoption of strategic documents and laws related to climate change.
“Serbia is not only obliged to update and bring new documents with the European Union, it is also obliged to the energy community,” Spasojevic said.
He added that in addition to the fact that Serbia is late in adopting the agreement from the international conferences on climate change, that what was accepted is not respected.
Speaking about the Law on Climate Change, which was adopted this year, Spasojevic said that it was devastating that the discussion in the Assembly during the adoption of that law had nothing to do with current problems.
He pointed out that some of the problems in the Western Balkans are coal-fired power plants, lack of filtration, poor lignite and individual furnaces.
He added that a slight turn towards renewable energy sources was made in Serbia when wind farms with a total capacity of 400 megawatts were opened.
The workshop was organized by the European Movement in Serbia, Novi Magazin reports.