The Government of Albania has adopted the first version of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) after having it submitted to the Energy Community Secretariat for recommendations.
“NECPs represent the compass navigating us towards Europe’s long-term commitment of a climate-neutral continent by 2050. With the NECPs, Contracting Parties have a tool at their disposal to credibly demonstrate to their citizens and to the stakeholders in their economy the seriousness of their pledges and their priorities for the green transition”, underscored the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski.
According to the Secretariat, the draft constitutes a comprehensive overview of current and planned measures. However, there is room for additional policies in order to ensure that Albania embarks on structural reforms that help decouple its economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.
For the Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, Belinda Balluku, Albania’s priority is to have a robust NECP.
“The Secretariat’s recommendations are highly valued and will be incorporated into the final version of the NECP to be adopted by May of this year. We are grateful to the Secretariat for supporting us in the NECP process and look forward to continued cooperation”, she added.
The Energy Community Contracting Parties are currently in the process of adopting NECPs, thus setting out policies and measures in the five dimensions of the Energy Union: energy efficiency, renewables, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, internal energy market and research and innovation.
The aim of the plans is to draw up an integrated policy framework to steer decarbonisation efforts until 2030 and beyond, aligning with the ambitions of the European Green Deal.