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Serbia allocates funds to 38 cities for energy efficiency projects

Thirty-eight local self-governments in Serbia received funds for investing in increasing energy efficiency in public buildings following a public call. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic handed over the contracts saying that increasing energy efficiency is a national project and a job that concerns all institutions, the economy and citizens.

“This is the eighth time that the state allocates funds for increasing energy efficiency in public buildings through a public call and for the first time money is allocated through the Directorate for Financing and Encouraging Energy Efficiency, which is part of the Ministry and was founded precisely with the task of helping the public sector, but also citizens, to work faster on increasing energy efficiency,” she mentioned. “The total value of the projects that are co-financed through the public call is 1.12 billion dinars [approximately 9.5 million euros].”

Mrs Mihajlovic also underlined that these projects mean a healthier environment and energy savings, from 30 to 50 per cent per year, depending on the measures applied.

“On an annual level, the savings in electricity consumption will be 9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and the expected reduction in CO2 emissions is about 4,500 tons per year,” she pointed out.

In addition to public buildings, the State also co-finances investments in increasing energy efficiency in households, where about 25,000 households in all parts of Serbia have been covered so far through three public calls in the previous year.

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