7 February 2018
Increasing the sustainable and efficient use of biomass could enhance energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution in the Western Balkans, whilst helping the countries to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets cost-effectively. Yet, significant financing needs to be mobilized to exploit the economic opportunities to increase biomass use and make existing use more efficient, concludes a study published by the World Bank in collaboration with the Energy Community Secretariat, and financed by the EU through the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
The study on biomass-based heating in the Western Balkans identifies viable investment options and policy measures to increase the use of biomass for heating in a sustainable manner. A roadmap set out in the study aims to provide guidance for policy-making and financing in the short term (until 2020), and medium to long term (until 2030). The roadmap also contains a set of recommendations divided into actions that could be implemented to improve the landscape for biomass heat in the Western Balkans.
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