Analysis of alternatives to coal-based district heating for the Bitola region in North Macedonia
December 21, 2022
The study examines the current heating situation in the Bitola region (covering the municipalities of Bitola, Mogila and Novaci), followed by an analysis of the techno-economic potential for using decentralised heating solutions that are also in line with the country’s environmental protection commitments.
The EBRD must stay away from the unsustainable conversion of Tuzla’s coal plant and prioritise renewables in the district heating sector
November 9, 2022
This briefing offers an overview of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) ongoing assessment of whether to grant a EUR 50 million loan in order to replace unit 3 of the Tuzla coal plant with a waste and biomass incineration syst
Red flags over plans to swap coal for biomass and waste incineration in Tuzla
September 8, 2022
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s energy utility Elektroprivreda BiH are signing today an agreement formalizing the Bank’s commitment to consider financial support for a particularly questionable energy project in Tuzla. But the public is barely aware of what this risky investment could bring to local communities.
Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn
July 6, 2022
The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance.
Romania’s decision to phase out coal by 2030: how will it serve a just and green energy transition?
June 17, 2022
Romania finally has its first concrete proposal to phase out coal by 2030. However, to ensure a successful transition, the end of coal needs to be linked with plans to increase renewable energy and a commitment to stay away from gas.
The EU carbon border adjustment mechanism: How to make it work for decarbonisation in the Western Balkans
February 4, 2022
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee is currently considering the European Commission’s carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) proposal. But while most of the debate focuses on free allowances, it is crucial to tighten the provisions on the power sector.
The Western Balkans Green Agenda Action Plan: Quantity over quality
October 8, 2021
This week’s EU-Western Balkan summit in Slovenia in the end resulted in agreement on a long-awaited Action Plan for the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans. But the climate and environment emergencies will not be solved by ‘indicative timeframes’.
Rasplet u slučaju TE „Rovinari“ pokazatelj šta bi moglo da sačeka Srbiju
November 24, 2020
Rumunija je donela odluku da više neće graditi termoelektrane na ugalj, dok Srbija i Bosna i Hercegovina planiraju izgradnju nekoliko novih postrojenja i ostaju jedine zemlje jugoistočne Evrope koja nastavlju sa korišćenjem uglja.
Chinese-built coal projects in Europe
September 14, 2020
A real and immediate threat to the EU’s decarbonisation efforts
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Illegal lignite mine expansion at Gacko must be halted
June 26, 2020
An environmental impact assessment process is currently ongoing to expand the open-cast lignite mine at Gacko in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But the mine expansion started long ago.