Environmental benefits of energy conservation

Reduction of surface and groundwater pollution

Extraction of fossil fuels such as coal and oil from underground degrades and contaminates the groundwater supply. Water pollution and can make it unfit for human and animal consumption.

Reducing soil disruption and wildlife

The buildings, equipment and roads needed to extract fossil fuels and produce usable energy are a disorder of wildlife and the natural environment. Natural habitat has been reduced at the site of fossil fuels as well as in areas around roads and railways erected to transport raw materials, where they are processed and used.

Fewer opportunities for oil spills

The potential for oil spills is a known risk of our dependence on fossil fuels. By reducing the amount of energy we consume we are also reducing the amount of oil that needs to be transported around the world.

Media Reporting Training on Kosovo Forestry

The Swedish funded programme on forestry, implemented by FAO in close cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Rural Development, organized a training on media reporting on forestry as part of capacity building to the journalists to investigate and report various problems and best practices facing the forestry sector in Kosovo.

Journalists from mainstream media got in depth information on forest sources, use and practices in Kosovo, illegal logging and timber trade, forestation and reforestation. Among the key challenges presented during the training were illegal forest logging, non-punishment of illegal loggers, lack of investments in the management of forest resources and low level of public awareness on protection and use of forests.

The Ambassador of Sweden in Kosovo, Karin Hernmarck Ahliny in her welcoming speech, emphasized the support that Sweden is providing for forestry sector and highlighted the great role that the media have in shaping public opinion for the sustainable development of forests. She encouraged journalists to prioritize this sector in their reporting and to use the expertise of the FAO team in the forestry program to obtain information during their work.

The State of the Environment Report in Kosovo 2020 is approved

The Government of the Republic of Kosovo in its 39th meeting, had as item on the agenda the Review and Proceedings in the Assembly of Kosovo of the Annual Report on the State of the Environment in Kosovo for 2020. On this occasion, along with other decisions, the Government has approved the Report on the State of the Environment in Kosovo 2020 and according to legal requirements has processed it for further discussion and approval in the Assembly of Kosovo.

The report includes data on the state of the environment and change in the environment compared to the previous report, environmental pressures, environmental impacts on the health of the population, the state of endangered environments, implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan, measures taken to protect environment, the functioning of environmental institutions and the financing of the system for environmental protection.

The drafting of the Report on the State of the Environment in Kosovo is based on the Law on Environmental Protection. According to Article 25 of this law, the Government of Kosovo, on the proposal of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, submits to the Assembly a State of the Environment Report.

The main purpose of this report is to inform the central institutions and the general public about the state of the environment in Kosovo, however, its data are a good basis that can also serve for the drafting of environmental policies and for the orientation of developments, planning and strategic investments in sectors that have an impact on the environment such as: industry, energy, transport, agriculture, etc.

Energy sources in Kosovo

The structure of primary energy consumed in Kosovo for 2020 consists of: coal, petroleum products (gasoline, oil, fuel oil, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas-LPG), biomass, hydropower, wind energy, solar energy and biofuels.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฃ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ

Coal 1556.38 1590.87

Petroleum products 753.69 741.94

Biomase 402.36 396.93

Hydropower 22.26 22.26

Solar energy 1.34 1.38

Wind energy 7.80 7.82

Electricity 4.60 -27.31

Total 2748.43 2733.89

Many citizens still burn firewood and charcoal for heating and cooking, which causes air pollution which then causes breathing problems and other health problems. Without a reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of electricity, foreign and domestic companies are reluctant to invest and create jobs in Kosovo.

The current electricity system in Kosovo is outdated, inadequate and insufficient, presenting significant challenges for economic growth and development.

In 2018, almost 28% were lost from the distribution system through technical losses and non-payment and much more is lost through the lack of effective measures of energy.

Due to the predominance of lignite in Kosovo’s energy mix, the system is very inflexible and good connections with neighboring countries are needed to improve the situation.

Kosovo does not have as many water resources as other Balkan countries, but in recent years the construction of small hydropower plants has accelerated and become controversial, as some of them are located in protected areas.

In Kosovo there is a development in the sector of wind power generation. At the moment, the wind power generation project in Kika has an installed capacity of 32.4 MW, but in Kika there will be connection for an additional 20 MW, a project that is expected to be completed in 2022.

In December last year, the system, transmission and market operator, KOSTT, announced that it had signed a grid connection agreement with Bondcom Energy Point LLC for another wind project with a capacity of 46 megawatts in Budakovo.

Different sources estimate different potential for sun and wind in Kosovo.

Wind ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐๐•

IRENA 581 MW 2327 MW

SEERMAP 1494 MW 447 MW

SEE-SEP 790 MW 980MW

Final electricity consumption
In 2020 electricity consumption was 414.13 ktoe compared to 2019 there was an increase of 2.15%.

๐“๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ

* TC Kosova A 2222196

** TC Kosova B 3907292

HC UJMANI 63344

Lumbardh Cascade (KELKOS) 48991

KITKA Wind Park 91184

Total production of generators
connected to the transmission network 6333007

Total RES and HC + wind in Distribution 114036

DIKANCE 8628

RADAC 3855

Source 1438

Wind Power 903

BRRE connected to Distribution 99,212

Total: 6,447,043

Sources of information: Annual electricity balance 2020 – sh. Kosovo Agency of Statistics

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Understanding sustainable development in a social context

The definition of sustainability in the Brundtland report (UN World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987) is widely cited as “sustainable development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Another common definition is the traditional diagram shown in the Figure above. The three-circle diagram of Social, Ecological and Economic Sustainability shows the connection between the three areas that require a degree of equilibrium. Sustainability and sustainable development can vary from a very negative situation to a very positive one.

Equating sustainability with limited sustainable development and increasing costs associated with social equality may not be sustainable. Kasun (1999) argues that sustainable development requires sacrificing human freedom, dignity and well-being.

Bailey (2002) suggests that preserving the environment, limiting economic growth, and eradicating poverty are incompatible with each other. He states that economic growth actually protects the environment as shown by the environmental quality of more developed countries.

Beckerman (1992) argues that economic growth for developing countries is the best strategy to reduce environmental degradation and resource management.

The importance of greenery in urban spaces

On the second day of the #KeepItCleanAndGreen campaign PEN Peer Educatora Network is showing the importance of urban green spaces.

Do you have such an urban space in your neighborhood?

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Embassy of Sweden in Pristina

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GreenTalk – discussion on sustainable development, challenges and opportunities in Kosovo

‘Respect and care for the planet should be taught from childhood, in the family and at school, at the same time with respect and care for human beings. Only through early education can long-term success be ensured โ€- ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’‚ ๐‘ฝ๐’–๐’๐’‚ – ๐‘น๐’Š๐’›๐’—๐’‚๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’Š, ๐‘จ๐’“๐’Œ๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’Œ๐’•๐’† – ๐‘ท๐’“๐’๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’‰๐’† ๐‘จ๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’๐’•๐’† ๐‘จ๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’๐’•๐’†รซ ๐‘ผ๐‘ฉ๐‘ป

GreenTalk is organized by the Balkan Green Foundation and serves to stimulate discussion on sustainable development, as well as challenges and opportunities in Kosovo in this area. This second edition of the platform is supported by Heinrich-Boll-Stifung.

Greenhouse gas emissions are changing the structure of Earthโ€™s lower atmosphere

The shrinking stratosphere is a stark signal of the climate emergency and the planetary-scale influence that humanity now exerts, according to Juan Aรฑel, at the University of Vigo, Ourense in Spain and part of the research team. โ€œIt is shocking,โ€ he said. โ€œThis proves we are messing with the atmosphere up to 60 kilometres.โ€

Scientists already knew the troposphere was growing in height as carbon emissions rose and had hypothesised that the stratosphere was shrinking. But the new study is the first to demonstrate this and shows it has been contracting around the globe since at least the 1980s, when satellite data was first gathered.

The ozone layer that absorbs UV rays from the sun is in the stratosphere and researchers had thought ozone losses in recent decades could be to blame for the shrinking. Less ozone means less heating in the stratosphere. But the new research shows it is the rise of CO2 that is behind the steady contraction of the stratosphere, not ozone levels, which started to rebound after the 1989 Montreal treaty banned CFCs.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reached its conclusions using the small set of satellite observations taken since the 1980s in combination with multiple climate models, which included the complex chemical interactions that occur in the atmosphere.

โ€œIt may affect satellite trajectories, orbital life-times, and retrievals [โ€ฆ] the propagation of radio waves, and eventually the overall performance of the Global Positioning System and other space-based navigational systems,โ€ the researchers said.

Prof Paul Williams, at the University of Reading in the UK, who was not involved in the new research, said: โ€œThis study finds the first observational evidence of stratosphere contraction and shows that the cause is in fact our greenhouse gas emissions rather than ozone.โ€

โ€œSome scientists have started calling the upper atmosphere the โ€˜ignorosphereโ€™ because it is so poorly studied,โ€ he said. โ€œThis new paper will strengthen the case for better observations of this distant but critically important part of the atmosphere.โ€

โ€œIt is remarkable that we are still discovering new aspects of climate change after decades of research,โ€ said Williams, whose own research has shown that the climate crisis could triple the amount of severe turbulence experienced by air travellers. โ€œIt makes me wonder what other changes our emissions are inflicting on the atmosphere that we havenโ€™t discovered yet.โ€

The dominance of humanity activities on the planet has led scientists to recommend the declaration of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

Among the suggested markers of the Anthropocene are the radioactive elements scattered by nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s and domestic chicken bones, thanks to the surge in poultry production after the second world war. Other scientists have suggested widespread plastic pollution as a marker of a plastic age, to follow the bronze and iron ages.

The Drin Basin

The Drin Basin sits in the south-east of the Balkan Peninsula with water bodies and watersheds spread across Albania, Greece, Kosovo1, Montenegro and North Macedonia. It comprises the sub-basins of the Black Drin, White Drin, Drin and Buna/Bojana rivers, of the Prespa, Ohrid and Skadar/Shkoder lakes, the underlying aquifers, and the adjacent coastal and marine area.

The total geographical area of the Drin Basin is 20,361 km2. The basin is characterized mainly by mountainous relief, the highest peaks of which are the Dinaric Alps at over 2,500 m above sea level, as well as flat land around the basin’s coastal area in Albania.