Pathways to reaching climate neutrality in the Western Balkans

“Regional policymakers are making a mistake if they use soaring energy prices in the EU to justify a continued commitment to fossil fuels, and divert from energy transition commitments” 

Energy and Climate Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe, Viktor Berishaj

Prishtina Insight 

Photo by: Maja Pupovac

CAN Europe’s focus in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro , Kosovo and Serbia) continued to be on long and short term energy and climate planning in line with the Energy Community Treaty and its role as the main cooperation bridge between the European Union and the region.

In consultation with members and partners, the team produced a briefing showing how each country must significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and put in place ambitious policy frameworks and action plans, in order to achieve carbon neutrality by mid century. In addition, we developed a tool to evaluate the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) helping our regional members and partners in developing the Plans.

We also published a research report – A wake up call from the coal impacted community of Lazarevac, Serbia – to provide a basis for initiating the just transition debate on local and national levels.

Our 2021 efforts culminated in a successful and well attended high-level event at COP26 in Glasgow organised jointly with the Energy Community Secretariat. Furthermore, in November, the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community adopted a decarbonisation roadmap – a set of legislative steps and measures that the Contracting Parties need to take to achieve carbon neutrality.