Positive example from Lidl regarding the reduction of plastics in supermarkets

A positive model from an international brand, for supermarkets operating in Kosovo, to take similar actions in order to protect the environment. This can also serve as a model for civil society advocacy campaign.

The German supermarket Lidl has pledged to remove half a billion plastic fragments by the end of 2021, bringing a cumulative reduction of 1.5 billion, then removing another half a billion fragments by the end of 2022, resulting in a cumulative reduction in two billion.

Packaging items that have been removed to date include 24 million wrappers and plastic pieces from fresh fruits and vegetables; 25 million plastic caps from yogurt and other dairy products; 3.5 million pieces of plastic wrap from fresh flowers and 19 million plastic labels and bags from fruits and vegetables. Lidl in particular began offering reusable alternatives to fruit and vegetable bags as early as 2019.

“Problematic” plastics, including black plastic, expanded polyester and PVC, which have also been completely removed from the mainstream of food packaging.

In total, Lidl has reduced its plastic packaging production by 18.5%. It is trying to achieve a 20% reduction by early 2022 and claims it is on track to achieve this target. To ensure that paper alternatives are not causing unwanted negative impacts, the supermarket has pledged to use only fiber with natural content, from internationally certified responsible sources.

In addition to achieving plastic reduction, Lidl has also made progress in including the content of recycled plastic in packaging. This company has shown that it has achieved a commitment to ensure that 50% of its brand packaging is made using recycled content, initially set with a deadline until 2025.

The online platform www.environment-hub.org is supported by HumanRightivism, managed by the CDF Community Development Fund, through the Swedish Embassy in Pristina (SIDA).

CDF supports minorities on waste management

Community Development Fund (CDF), through Human Rightivism Project supporting the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

The Municipality of Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje, respectively the Directorate for Public Services, is continuously dealing with the management of environmental issues, especially with the implementation of projects in the field of waste management. In the neighborhoods “028” and “029” in Fushë-Kosovë, which are mainly inhabited by Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, four illegal landfills have been removed, while in “Lismir” one illegal landfill has been removed on the bridge and on the street “Meshari” near the Sitnica River large amounts of waste have been removed.

Community Development Fund – CDF

Embassy of Sweden in Pristina


A 2-year moratorium is imposed on environmental approval for quarries

The Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, Liburn Aliu, said that he has taken the decision to impose a moratorium on new quarries and those in the procedure for environmental approval for a period of two years.

According to him, it is about the period June 2021 to June 2023.

“Part of this decision is the establishment of a ministerial working group, which will review the legality of quarrying activities, their impact on the environment, as well as measures to be taken for their rehabilitation,” he wrote.

With this decision, the new quarrymen and those in the procedure will not be able to apply for the exercise of their activities for two years.

Glass recycling in Kosovo

Circular economy in the first steps of development.

Kosovo Glass Recycling and EcoZ transform glass waste into new-reusable products, removing hundreds of tons of waste from landfills.

Volunteers in action for cleaning the neighborhood “Bajram Curri”

EC Ma Ndryshe has carried out the next cleaning action by joining the initiative of the residents of the neighborhood “Bajram Curri” in Prizren. In addition to residents, various community groups, residents and the football school “Lidhja e Prizrenit” have been mobilized.

Also, the regional waste company “EKO Region” has assisted in the final collection of collected waste. This action, as an example of basic activism, aims to raise awareness for the maintenance of neglected, abandoned, vandalized or misused public spaces and to strengthen the ties of community groups for a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

The EC expresses its readiness to support and remains hopeful of the continuation of such actions across the country.

This activity is supported by the program of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) ‘EJA Kosovo’, co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Green talk – sustainable development at the municipal level

This Friday will mark the launch of the second speech within the platform #GreenTalk, where as a speaker we will have the Mayor of Kamenica Municipality, Mr. Qëndron Kastrati, who will unveil his work and his vision on the advancement of practices and policies towards sustainable development at the municipal level.

Tune in to watch the speech tomorrow from 18:30 on the KTV television channel, available also LIVE on the official Facebook pages of the Balkan Green Foundation, KTV, dhe Kosovo Sustainable Development Week.

This second edition of #GreenTalk is supported by the Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung.

Renewable energy generation in Kosovo

The works are continuing with increased intensity in the village of Bajgora in Mitrovica. Yesterday, in Bajgora, the first turbine was installed in the 105-megawatt project of the wind energy park.
The first turbine that will be used for the project of the Kosovo-German-Israeli company ‘SOWI Kosovo’ for the construction of a 105-megawatt wind energy park in Bajgora, Mitrovica, financed by the EBRD, is already in position.

The installed turbine is the first of a total of 27 General Electric turbines to be installed under the project.

This project will contribute to mitigating climate impacts, increasing the share of renewable energy generation in Kosovo and adding 105 MW of wind energy generation capacity to the national energy system.

The project will also significantly increase the share of electricity generated by wind energy in Kosovo, which is otherwise largely dependent on coal-fired power generation.

Electricity generation is expected to start at the end of August 2021.

Agricultural Recovery REB is supported in the field of environmental protection

Through the Human Rightivism project, the Community Development Fund has continued to support the Agricultural Recovery-REB Association in implementing activities on environment protection. In addition to training and awareness of young people to act in environmental protection, an active group of young people in the municipality of Suhareka for environmental protection was established.

Community Development Fund – CDF

Embassy of Sweden in Pristina


Prizren, the first municipality with ‘Observation Points’

Prizren, will now have a new tourist offer, “View Point”, from where citizens and tourists can see and enjoy the natural beauty and the most beautiful place.

The Mayor of Prizren, Mytaher Haskuka together with the director of the Directorate of Tourism and Economic Development, Sevil Kazaz today inaugurated the tourist offer “Observation Point”, installed near the villages of Jablanica and Pouska.

Within this project, the environment has been adjusted as well as the installation of binoculars, metal platform and protective glass, the placement of seats and information board and the arrangement of the place for parking cars, creating a very attractive environment for visitors .

On this occasion, Mayor Haskuka stated that the Municipality of Prizren will always be a leader in creating new tourist destinations.

KOSTT nënshkruan marrëveshje të kyçjes me Solar Energy Europe për projektin me kapacitet 150 MWp

Kryeshefi Ekzekutiv i KOSTT, Mustafë Hasani, dhe drejtori i kompanisë Solar Energy Group Europe, Egbert Schnuse, kanë nënshkruar Marrëveshjen për Kyçje në Sistemin e Transmetimit të kapaciteteve të reja gjeneruese nga burimet e ripërtëritshme të energjisë me diell, me kapacitet gjenerues prej 150 MWp.

‘Stacioni Gjenerues Energjetik me Diell do të kyçet në rrjetin transmetues 110kV përmes linjës së re 110 kV me gjatësi rreth 6.5 km, e cila do të lidhet në NS 110/35kV Gjakova 1’, ka njoftuar KOSTT.

Pas shqyrtimit të aplikacionit nga KOSTT dhe nënshkrimit të Marrëveshjes për Kyçje në Sistemin Transmetues, Solar Energy Europe planifikon të ndërtojë projektin në Komunën e Gjakovës dhe të fillojë prodhimin e megavatëve të parë në vitin 2022.