The power systems of the Western Balkans are the most polluting in Europe. The transformation of these systems away from lignite and towards renewables has begun to take shape. Yet, the pandemic, together with the war in Ukraine, have made this endeavour more complex. The conviction that domestic lignite is vital for security of supply has resurged in the face of higher commodity prices and inflation.
The six countries of the Western Balkans have committed to fully decarbonising their economies by 2050. This process has gained momentum with the 2020 Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda and the recent Decarbonisation Roadmap for the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community, adopted in 2021.
By showcasing options for fully decarbonising the Western Balkan power system by 2045, this webinar aims to contribute to the public dialogue on this issue. The pathways presented here show how the countries can minimise costs and maximise security of supply while limiting the role of fossil gas and achieving zero-emission power systems. The takeaway is clear: Coal belongs to the past while fossil gas is not the bridge that will take us towards a decarbonised future. Furthermore, storage technologies are sure to play a vital role in the transition process.
The 1,5-hour webinar will be held in English and will include a Q & A session.
We will publish the presentation on the day of the webinar in order to make sure you can access it no matter the internet connection.
We are going to record the webinar to publish it on our website afterwards.
We look forward to your participation and a lively discussion!