Serbia Better Energy Activity
Serbia’s economic reliance on energy imports from Russia has historically prevented the country from diversifying its energy sources. The Serbian government’s 2020 goal to achieve 27% of final energy consumption from renewable energy fell short. However, this goal demonstrates an acknowledgement by Serbian leaders that they must embrace energy efficient technologies and practices to achieve energy independence.
The five-year Serbia Better Energy Activity, funded by USAID/Serbia, addresses the lack of incentives and investments for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country, with an end goal of reducing dependency on fossil fuels. The Activity aims to improve energy efficiency at the municipal level and increase the use of renewable energy resources by working with district heating plants, multi-apartment buildings, and financial institutions to increase and expand renewable energy use. By doing so, it will reduce inefficient use of energy resources, augment renewables use in Serbia’s energy mix, and strengthen the government’s capacity to design and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies.