Climate change is not just a natural phenomenon, but a political problem as well. Ways to mitigate and adapt to it are decided on by public institutions and negotiated at international conferences, which makes those decisions essentially political. Serbia's accession negotiations with the EU, as well as the Paris Agreement bring with them new political commitments and will require new solutions and an open public dialogue on what we need to change in our economy, infrastructure, and everyday life.
With that in mind, the article series "Political Climate" aims to re-examine Serbia's climate policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.