24. Jun 2013.

Towards Better Management of Local Energy Resources – Consultative Workshop with Committee for Environmental Protection of Regional Development Agency Zlatibor in Nova Varos

On June 21st in Nova Varos, within CONESENSUS project, was held a Consultative Workshop on the improvement of the district heating system and creating the conditions for the effective use of renewable energy resources in the Zlatibor District.

In cooperation with the Regional Development Agency (RDA) Zlatibor Consultative Workshop was organized in Nova Varos and it was attended by members of the Committee for Environmental Protection RDA "Zlatibor", representatives of the City of Uzice, Municipality of Nova Varos and representatives of civil society from the Zlatibor District.

The project team presented the mechanism of the Green Council and explained their role in environmental management at the local level. Representatives of the Municipality of Nova Varos recognized Green Council as an effective mechanism and have shown interest in setting up such a consultative body in their municipality.

The second part of the Workshop was devoted to the problem of management of district heating system, which, in most municipalities, has proved to be ineffective and a significant financial burden for local government. Aleksandar Macura, an independent energy expert, pointed to the untapped potential in waste wood biomass as a potential energy resource for the municipality in Zlatibor District.

- Woody biomass is a resource whose use is a necessary prerequisite for achieving the goal of sustainable commercial district heating services, said Aleksandar Macura. As biomass is available, in a large number of cases, close to the plants it and can be transported with the minimum transportation costs, so the chosen technology must allow the use of biomass in cheaper forms, primarily in the form of wood chips.

ConSENSus project is dedicated to solving specific problems of local communities. Through project activities we aim to contribute to building a partnership between civil society and representatives of local government, in order to recognize the interests and concerns of the local communities and work together to improve the environment policy at the local level.