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Experts warn Serbia not implementing emission reduction plan

February 10, 2020

An official of the Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute (RERI) told Monday news conference that Serbia’s National Emmission Reduction Plan (NERP) was not implement in 2018, adding that there are doubts about whether it was implemented last year.

RERI Program Director Mirko Popovic said that “seven facilities covered by the plan exceeded the maximum annual emissions of sulfur dioxide ïn 2018 and no one was held accountable”.  

He recalled that the Serbian government amended the NERP on January 30, 2020, two years after its implementation was supposed to start and 15 days after the Energy Community Secretariat launched proceedings against Serbia for failing to implement the NERP. Serbia accepted the obligation of implementing the Energy Community Large Combustion Plants Directive by either limiting emmissions from individual plants or Implementing the NERP, both of which it failed to do. The year 2018, as the date to start implementation, was deleted from the amended NERP, the RERI said.  

Popovic warned that the fact that the government adopted an amended NERP does not guarantee its implementation in the 2020-27 period.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a568160/Experts-warn-Serbia-not-implementing-emission-reduction-plan.html

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