Serbian government sets up council for decarbonization of energy sector
The government of Serbia has set up a council to formulate proposals and opinions on the operation of coal-fired power plants and alternative installations powered by all energy sources by 2050.
After the decision of the Ministry of Mines and Energy to stop construction of the Kolubara B thermal power plant, this is another initiative aimed at decarbonising the energy sector. Coal-fired power plants, which operate within the state-owned electricity company Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), produce around two-thirds of the electricity in Serbia.
The council will be chaired by ministers Zorana Mihajlović and Irena Vujović
The council will analyze possible measures and activities to implement decarbonization and examine the revitalization of existing power plants, which should ensure the sustainability of power generation, Nova ekonomija reported.
The council will be chaired by Minister of Mines and Energy Zorana Mihajlović, with Minister of Environmental Protection Irena Vujović as vice-chair. The members of the board are Siniša Mali, the Minister of Finance, representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), the Ministry of Labor, as well as members of the EPS union and unions of the mining basins of Kostolac and Kolubara.
The board will also include members of SANU, as well as representatives of workers and civil society.
The council will send a request to the Ministry of Human Rights, Minorities and Social Dialogue to conduct the procedure for electing two representatives of civil society organizations as members of the council.