Presentation of the Roadmaps in the field of sustainable use of energy for the association of local governments

Slika prezentacijaThe presentation of the Sustainable Energy  Raodmap for Association of municipalities in SEE counties, which is developed in the framework of the regional project “Energy efficiency in municipal associations – EeMA”, in which the Union of Municipalities is a partner, was held on 21st December 2015 in Podgorica.

The project is implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation – GIZ, through its Open Regional Fund for Southeast Europe, and financially supported by the Governments of Germany and Switzerland.

The presentation was dedicated to energy managers from all municipalities in Montenegro.

The attendees were adressed by Mr.Refik Bojadzic, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities, who recalled that in the framework of a regional project, upon to the the Union of Municipalities’ public call, published on the late December 2014, 11 local governments have applied pilot projects, which indicates the interest of Montenegrin municipalities for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in local communities.

“I take this opportunity to commend all the municipalities that have nominated projects and to encourage others to be more involved in the future in this area. Also, I want to emphasize that all four selected pilot projects in the Capital City of Podgorica and the municipalities  of Danilovgrad, Niksic and Berane have been completed before the deadline, which indicates a serious approach of our municipalities due to the obligations in terms of efficient use of energy “– said the Secretary General. He also stressed that investment in various energy efficiency measures contribute not only to improving the protection of the environment, but also jobs and local economic development. He concluded that the successful implementation of the project is an example of good cooperation between the Union of Municipalities and municipalities with international partners who are interested in investment and partnership with the local government.

Ms Jasna Sekulovic, GIZ project manager has presented EeMA project and successfully implemented pilot projects in the Capital City Podgorica and municipalities of Danilovgrad, Niksic and Berane. In addition to the expected reduction in energy consumption, she noted that the benefits of these projects are  multiple, primarily for the citizens who will be able to follow the increased scope of the cultural program in the Cultural Center in Danilovgrad and better conditions for children with disabilities in the Day Center in Berane. Projects of Capital City through the installation of PVC and the municipality of Niksic, through the installation of LED lamps for street lighting in the city’s main road, will promote the application of energy efficiency measures and to contribute to the visibility of the results of the implementation of these measures. Finally, she has commended the good cooperation with the Union of Municipalities and the municipalities that have implemented pilot projects.

Mr.Bozidar Pavlovic, advisor in the Directorate for Energy Efficiency in the Ministry of Economy, introduced the energy managers the novelties in the Law on Efficient Use of Energy and obligations of local governments in this area. He highlighted the commitment: the establishment of an information system for monitoring energy consumption in buildings owned by the city/municipality; the establishment of energy management; adoption of three-year program and annual plans for improving energy efficiency. He stressed that the Ministry of economy will actively work on the preparation of bylaws in accordance with the new Law, which will assist municipalities in planning activities in the field of energy efficiency.

Ms.Ivana Lalevic, advisor for public relations and project coordinator, Union of Municipalities, has presented the Roadmaps for the field of sustainable use of energy. She presented challenges, barriers and benefits of sustainable energy management in local communities, as well as financial instruments and available funds for financing the projects of the energy efficiency measures. She also explained the process of accession, with the benefits and obligations arising from the accession to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, which involves the application of numerous energy efficiency measures that will lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions in the municipality for at least 20% by 2020. She presented the data to be collected for analysis of energy consumption, as well as measures to reduce energy consumption in three key sectors: construction, transport and public lighting. Roadmaps can be uselful to energy managers in municipalities in their daily work.