Serbia: Biomass potential abundant but unused

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Vojvodina, the northern autonomous province of Serbia, is dependent on energy import, as between 55% and 60% of it doesn’t come from the province’s own territory, said the provincial minister for energy Nenad Stanković, and at the same time called for a higher share of domestic renewable energy sources and applying energy efficiency measures.

“Potential for biogas production in Vojvodina from manure with additional quantities of energy crop substrates, such as maize silage, which is abundant in the province, is very essential”, said Stanković at the international conference on renewable energy sources promotion, which was organised within the International Agriculture Trade Fair in Novi Sad, the biggest of its kind in the Balkans.

He pointed out better conditions for biogas plants development can be expected once the new regulation defining support schemes for renewable energy sources is adopted, what was announced by the Serbian ministry before.

The deputy prime minister of the Vojvodinian government, Miroslav Vasin said the energy efficiency is a chance for economic development and pointed out that many European countries have already realised that and take advantage of that chance already.

“Vojvodina is a region rich in biomass, but current practices and cases where fields are set on fire lead to a loss of precious energy resources”, said Vasin.

This article appeared on www.european-biogas.eu

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