Environment & Energy

Small Hydro: Harmful to everyone - except investors

According to data obtained by the CINS, between 2013 and 2017, EPS was the primary recipient of state funds for electricity produced by small hydro, while in second place were companies owned by Nikola Petrović or his business partners, with more than €10 million in income. Petrović is a former director of “Elektromreža Srbije", and godfather to President  Aleksandar Vučić.

By Radmilo Marković

First Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention

The first Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention was held on 7 June 2017.

“If Nikola Tesla had stayed here, we wouldn’t have been able today to enjoy what he created. Today’s Nikola Teslas can choose – whether to leave for the USA, or to stay here and opt for crowdfunding. This means that we could have our own Tesla here with us today”, said Marko Gregović from Brodoto.

By Tamara Skrozza

Political Climate - Climate Change and Serbia

In cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Vreme Weekly publishes a series  of articles entitled Political Climate dedicated to the issue of climate change in Serbia. The series attempts to examin Serbia's cilmate policies in the light of EU integration and the Paris Agreement.  

The Marrakesh Climate Negotiations – a Mirror of a Divided World and Silent Europe

Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. Despite the urgency for concrete and immediate actions to bend the curve and win the race against the clock, the negotiations in Marrakesh seemed to be moving in a parallel universe.

By Radostina Primova, Oksana Aliyeva, Damjan Rehm Bogunović

Climate Strategy – An Opportunity for a Clean Start

It is unrealistic to expect that several public servants have superhuman abilities and capacities to every now and then, deliver visionary documents which should guide us in a completely new direction in a completely novel way. Including stakeholders in the process of public policy development is a key tool for enhancing transparency, quality and effectiveness of policies. 

By Jasminka Oliverić Young

Necessary, and yet Absent

Despite numerous undisputed benefits of cycling as a mobility mode, in Belgrade, “His Royal Highness the Car” is still the absolute sovereign with not much chance of changing this any time soon. 

By Radmilo Marković

Vrbas - A Role Model for Serbia

How did two engineers, with the help of a local self-government, start from scratch and made a well-rounded system which cares for the public spending on energy; how much did they save in their municipality and the problems they faced. 

By Radmilo Marković

How My Family Used To Keep Warm

Improving energy efficiency of wood burning stoves could not only significantly contribute to improving comfort and health but also to significant savings which could cumulatively exceed one hundred million Euros annually. This money could be spent on something else, thus creating much needed demand for goods and services which is the only way to sustainably increase employment. 

By Aleksandar Macura

Affluenza – is the US Middle Class Suffering from Affluence?

In the late 1990s, the scolding of the middle class had begun in the USA. Its lifestyle: too expensive, too wasteful, too costly. It used to live in cities. Now it lives 40 miles away, in the suburbs. One automobile used to suffice. Now there have to be 2, or more. The sizes of the living area, the energy consumption and the size of the properties have also multiplied – as have the debts.

By Andreas Poltermann

Why Kosovo needs climate friendly energy alternatives?

Kosovo cannot absorb additional lignite-exploitation without fundamentally endangering its living environment. EU perspective of Kosovo dictates climate and energy policy framework and direction that is to a large extent incompatible with the current developments

By Jasminka Young

IMF Mission Has Left, Problems Remain

The IMF delegation's mid-June visit to Serbia has briefly suppressed the country's traditional problems, bringing to the forefront an additional one, namely the reform of the public sector.


By Miroslav Prokopijević

COP 21 and the Paris Agreement: A Force Awakened

Globally, political leaders are lauding the acceptance of the global and legally binding Paris Agreement on Climate Change at COP 21 as a historical moment. It achieves a goal long believed unattainable. However, judged against the enormity of the challenge and the needs and pressure from people on the ground demanding a global deal anchored in climate justice (“system change, not climate change!”), the Paris Agreement can only be called a collective failure and disappointment. Read a critical assessment by hbs colleagues from around the world.

By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek , Maureen Santos , Hans JH Verlome , Radostina Primova , Damjan Rehm Bogunović

Some Sensitive Issues of Serbia's Economy

 In light of the stagnant economy, fiscal problems are coming to the forefront. They consist of high state expenditure which is partially financed by indebtedness, but also of irrational utilization of loans taken, which are being used as a means for buying the social peace, instead for investments – for example, in infrastructure.

By Miroslav Prokopijević

Global Climate Movements Seek Fossil Fuel Company Transparency on Future Viability of Oil, Coal, Gas

"When you're stuck in a hole, the first rule is to stop digging. We can't solve the climate crisis if we're still digging more and more coal, oil and gas out of the ground. It's time for regulators to take climate risk seriously and push fossil fuel companies to show how their business plans comply with the global goal of limiting warming to below 2°C. Fossil fuels have always been a bad bet for our planet, they're now an increasingly bad bet for our investments, as well." (May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org)

Coaliton 27 Report on Serbia's progress in the Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) of the EU pre-accession negotation

Contribution of Coalition 27 to Serbia 2014 Progress Report, Overview of Chapter 27: Environment and Climate Change.  

Coalition 27 consists of: Belgrade Open School, CEKOR, Environment Improvement Centre, GM Optimist, NGO Fractal, WWF Serbia, and Young Researchers of Serbia .

The Report was written with the support of Climate Action Network Europe and Heinrich Boell Foundation Southeastern Europe.

Serbia Floods in May 2014, WWF Report on Environmental Issues

WWF reports on environmental issues surrounding recent floods in Serbia examines the UNDAC report (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination) and, based on environmentally sustainable disaster recovery and reconstruction approaches, highlights other environmental impacts and opportunities for intervention.

Can Serbia Avoid Debt Crisis?

Similar to some other countries, during the last couple of years Serbia, too, has been the scene of increasing debates about the problem of a fast debt growth and the possibility of the country being hit by debt crisis.

By Miroslav Prokopijević

The Spring Cleaning

“Patience is the virtue (of fools)“, goes the old folk saying. In other words, the question is raised how the Serbian economy will survive this “spring cleaning“ on its feet.

By Mijat Lakićević


Chapter 27 in Serbia: Money Talks


The report Chapter 27 in Serbia: Money talks is the 6th annual report that tackles important developments in the area of environmental protection and climate change in detail. This Coalition 27 report covers the period between March 2018 and February 2019 and as such it follows the annual report publication of the European Commission.

A novel model for affordable, cooperative housing in Serbia


This brochure introduces a resident-driven approach that can help a substantial segment of the population to address these housing
needs. Based on the “smarter building” approach developed by Ko Gradi Grad (Who Builds the City), a flagship building is being
prepared to prove the concept.  

Sustainable Development in Kosovo: A Local Perspective


The purpose of this paper is to account for how local governments and citizens perceive sustainable development in Kosovo and explore bottlenecks and opportunities they face in this regard. A combination of document analysis and information gained through public debates shows that local governments are in a favorable position to respond to and address today’s local development challenges in Kosovo. Findings indicate that local governments can play a vital role in educating, mobilizing, and responding to citizens to promote overall sustainable development in the longer term, albeit a relatively new concept in Kosovo. 

Perspectives SEE - Still stuck in the past: How addressing Energy and Climate Change can advance development #5


This issue of Perspectives is dedicated to climate change mitigation in the Western Balkans, because of both the global need to limit global warming but also because mitigating climate change, as the articles show, goes hand in hand with development both in terms of economic growth and in terms of health, wellbeing and societal development.
With this context in mind, the articles before you shed light upon some of the commonly overlooked aspects of it but also point to solutions which are good starting points for any future changes in how we think of energy, development, and public good more broadly.

Energy & Environment

Due to environmental carelessness and interest in short term profits, people in the Balkan countries are suffering from poor, unhealthy living conditions. Additionally, they face stagnating economies, high unemployment, unsustainable pension systems and oversized public sectors. Greening public policy and the economy means empowering people to find creative and participatory solutions to develop ways out of the current crisis. 


Blog: Energy transition

The Ocean Atlas

Overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and an immense pollution – the seas are under stress. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers in more than 40 infographics and articles all the relevant data, facts and contexts.

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