ASP: The Ministry of Energy and Mining has been violating the Law on Energy for two whole years

The national energy and climate plan was supposed to be adopted in two years, but it has not been done yet, according to the ASP.

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Thermal power plant Pljevlja (Illustration), Photo: Biljana Matijašević
Thermal power plant Pljevlja (Illustration), Photo: Biljana Matijašević
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For two years now, the Ministry of Energy and Mining has been violating the Law on Energy and has not adopted the National Climate and Energy Plan as a strategic document in this area, while the minutes from the sessions of the working group in charge of its preparation show that the future operation of the Thermal Power Plant (TE) Pljevlja is presented as one of the key issues, because the gradual abolition of coal-fired electricity production must be planned, announced the Action for Social Justice.

From this non-governmental organization, they said that according to the minutes, which contain very limited and limited information, and which were obtained by Action for Social Justice (ASP) based on the Law on Free Access to Information, it was indicated at the working group that the gradual abolition of coal must be taken into account social aspects and the economy, in the sense that future infrastructure projects, such as highways or power plants, should create a need for additional employment, companies and materials and goods.

"Regarding the future of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant, three scenarios were discussed at the group, one of which was supposed to be agreed upon as a reference, but the details are not known, nor are the scenarios specified at all.

At the same time, one of the representatives of the Electric Power Company of Montenegro (EPCG) announced at least two meetings that the state company was ready to discuss the possibilities for the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant. Another of its representatives emphasized that gas emissions must be checked after the ecological reconstruction of the thermal power plant, in order to be correctly considered in the future energy model," the announcement states.

The ASP reminds that the Law on Energy stipulates that the National Climate and Energy Plan should define national goals in particular in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, use of energy from renewable sources, energy efficiency, energy security, internal energy market, as well as research and innovation and competitiveness.

"In addition, this strategic document, which changes the former Energy Development Strategy, should include an overview of current relevant policies, then planned policies and measures to achieve those goals, as well as an assessment of financial means for implementation.

The national energy and climate plan should be adopted for a period of ten years, with mandatory revision every four years and biannual reporting, but Montenegro is already seriously late. It is expected that the final draft could soon be submitted to the Secretariat of the Energy Community," the announcement states.

The document was supposed to be adopted two years ago, but it has not been done yet, according to the ASP.

"The former Energy Development Strategy was labeled as a "wish list" by a large part of the public for years, but despite this, it managed to push through very harmful projects for the public interest, because consumers pay pure profits to known and unknown individuals through guaranteed subsidies, while at the same time many rivers largely destroyed.

Judging by the recent Draft Law on Renewable Energy Sources, which was in public debate, consumers are "guaranteed" to pay new private businesses out of their own pockets, worse than under the laws once created by the Democratic Party of Socialists during their reign. , remembered for favoring private rather than public interest and the interests of citizens," the statement of this non-governmental organization states.

They recalled that the European Union adopted the Climate Act in mid-2021, which foresees the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050 for the member states. It sets a binding climate target for the Union to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030.

"Achieving climate neutrality means that the emission of carbon dioxide and other gases harmful to the climate will be equal to zero. A product is considered to be climate neutral if no amount of harmful gases is emitted during production, storage and distribution, which is difficult to achieve in modern Therefore, it is necessary to remove the same amount of harmful gases from the atmosphere, which will be created during the creation and transportation of the new product, so that it is climate neutral.

Ten national laws in the field of environmental protection and climate change and their compliance with some of the most important European regulations were part of the analysis of environmental laws by the ASP project "Higher quality laws for better environmental protection".

The project is implemented through the grant scheme of the broader project "Strengthening the participation of civil society in the field of environment in the EU accession process (4E)", which is implemented by Coalition 27, supported by the European Union and the Ministry of Public Administration. The leading partner on that project is the Center for the Protection and Study of Birds," the announcement concludes.

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