Serbia: Biogas development could facilitate Serbian accession to the EU

Increasing biogas could make the country’s attempt to join the EU easier.

Boosting biogas capacity could help secure EU membership for Serbia, according to the German Biogas Association (FvB).

The association said it has been working with Serbian counterpart Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to increase the potential of biogas in the country.

Serbia currently has just ten biogas plants in operation, although others similar projects are in the pipeline, such as the Switzerland-backed €1 million wood-fired cogeneration plant in Belgrade.

Serbian ministers have also previously called for greater exploitation of the country’s biogas and biomass energy potential.

FvB chief executive, Dr Claudius da Costa Gomez, said: “Biogas in Serbia is increasing in importance. With our commitment, we want to reduce the barriers and make it easier for our member companies to enter this interesting market.”

Dr da Costa Gomez also explained that around 80 advisers from the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture have received intensive training from the FvB to help them understand the “fundamentals of biogas use”, identify interesting locations and help them advise agricultural firms about biogas.

Earlier this month a workshop was held in Belgrade for Serbian biogas stakeholders and politicians as part of this ongoing relationship between the association and GIZ.

To increase the prominence of biogas in Serbia, the government has created “attractive” feed-in tariffs which will be “optimised and adapted in the future”, Dr da  Costa Gomez said.

Source: Ends Waste & Bioenergy
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