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Awarding leadership – Q&A with Arijeta Pajaziti Qerimi, SCADA EMS Specialist, KOSTT 

Arijeta Pajaziti Qerimi, SCADA EMS Specialist at KOSTT and Executive Director of the Association of the Women in the Energy Sector of Kosovo is one of the winners of the Most Influential Women Energy Leaders Award launched by CEENERGYNEWS in 2023This category was supported by the Women in Energy Association (WONY).

Q: You won the “Most Influential Women Energy Leaders” Award of 2023. What do you consider to be your greatest achievements of the past year that made you earn this great recognition?

A: This prize was a testimony that my many years of commitment to the energy sector have influenced many people in my network and to whom I sincerely thank for their support. I consider it was due to my contributions in promoting sustainability, advancing renewable energy initiatives, advocating for policies that promote sustainability and environmental protection, fostering diversity and inclusion in the energy sector by mentoring, empowering other women in the energy sector and contributing to meaningful dialogues about the future of energy and climate change mitigation.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice for women who want to make their career in the energy field, what would it be?

A: One piece of advice for women aspiring to pursue a career in the energy field would be to cultivate confidence in your abilities, to embrace your passion for the field, to be persistent in pursuing your goals, to seek out opportunities for learning and growth, seek out mentorship and networking opportunities, to continuously educate yourself about emerging technologies and industry trend and don’t be afraid to challenge norms and advocate for your contributions to be recognised and valued.

Q: How can Kosovo transition from an almost entirely coal-based economy to a green energy one?

A: Transitioning Kosovo from a coal-based economy to green energy has been the starting point of our long-term energy strategy document. It also requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders. The steps that could facilitate this transition are: Investment in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Measures, Diversification of Energy Sources, Policy Reforms, Infrastructure Development, Capacity Building and Education, International Cooperation and Community Engagement. By implementing these measures in a coordinated manner, Kosovo can gradually shift towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy system while fostering economic development and energy security.

Q: The results of Kosovo’s first solar auction were just revealed and the government has already announced the plan to launch new actions, in line with the energy strategy that was published last year. Do you think that is Kosovo going in the right direction? When the strategy was announced, many were expressing concerns regarding the ambitions and the timeline, which was defined as “too tight”. Now we are seeing the first results as the auctions are proving that there is interest in developing renewable energy projects. What do you think about the energy strategy and the steps needed to install more renewable capacity?

A: Kosovo’s journey in this direction has already started and is indeed taking positive steps towards transitioning to renewable energy, as evidenced by the results of its first solar auction and the government’s commitment to further actions aligned with the energy strategy. The fact that there is interest in developing renewable energy projects is a promising sign of progress.
Regarding concerns about the energy strategy’s ambitions and timeline being perceived as “too tight,” it’s not uncommon for ambitious goals to face scepticism initially. However, the successful outcome of the solar auction demonstrates that progress is possible within the defined timeline with the right strategies and actions in place.

By addressing all the needed steps needed to install more renewable capacity and building on the momentum generated by the successful solar auction, Kosovo can continue to make progress towards its renewable energy goals and achieve a more sustainable and resilient energy future.

Q: We often hear that regional cooperation is key for a successful and just energy transition. What is the current status of cooperation with neighbouring countries? What can we expect moving forward?

A: The current status of cooperation with neighbouring countries in the context of energy transition varies depending on specific partnerships and initiatives. However, regional cooperation is indeed recognised as crucial for a successful and just energy transition due to several reasons: Energy security, Infrastructure development (interconnections transmission lines and storage facilities), Market integration and Policy Alignment.

Overall, fostering greater regional cooperation in energy transition efforts can help accelerate progress towards achieving common renewable energy and climate goals while promoting economic development, energy security and environmental sustainability across neighbouring countries.

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