The Directorate for Financing and Encouraging Energy Efficiency, which will enable citizens to be allocated funds to replace carpentry and inefficient devices that affect energy consumption, do insulation, improve the heating and cooling system, could start working as early as the end of this year. ,, find out Novosti in the Ministry of Energy.
Its formation, within this ministry, is envisaged by the Law on Efficient Use of Energy, which will enter the parliamentary procedure by April.
Experts point out that we consume five times more energy than the European average and estimate that this type of reconstruction of houses, apartments and buildings would bring huge savings to citizens and the state, measured in billions of euros, a healthier environment and employment of workers.
The funds of this fund are expected to be available to housing communities, but, as they point out in the Ministry, their financing will be the biggest challenge and that mechanism will have to be carefully worked out. The reason is that, for example, arrangements through commercial banks can be easily implemented with citizens, which is not the case with housing communities.
Goran Rodić, from the Construction Chamber of Serbia, believes that half of the housing units in our country are “ripe” for energy renovation, because the average age of homes is more than 40 years.
– Seven times more energy is consumed in Serbia than in Germany – Rodić explains. – We use 20 liters of fuel per square meter, and the Germans use one to three liters. Compared to the EU average, Serbia consumes five times more energy. Improving the energy efficiency of homes would bring huge savings to both the state and citizens, which are in the billions of euros.
He points out that this also benefits the health of the population, because homes will have less moisture, but also materials that are environmentally friendly and do not cause different types of diseases. Another benefit, as he states, is that mass employment of workers will be enabled. These are various profiles of craftsmen who would perform the works.
The Ministry of Energy says that the funds of the Administration will be available to all citizens and point out that the application of energy efficiency measures in homes reduces energy consumption, and thus costs.
– Lower consumption also contributes to lower pollution of the environment, and especially of the air, which is especially important in the winter months – they explain in the Ministry. – Funds from the Administration will be able to be used to replace products that affect energy consumption or to improve energy efficiency of buildings, such as replacement of carpentry, insulation, improvement of heating and cooling systems… Will be allocated through public calls and each will be clearly defined types works that can be funded.
According to them, the Minister will prescribe mechanisms for allocating incentives to different categories of beneficiaries in an appropriate rulebook. The management will provide part of the financing on the basis of the energy efficiency fee. Support from the EU and other donors through grants is also expected. Favorable loans from international financial institutions are also counted on.
The Directorate for Financing and Encouraging Energy Efficiency is being established instead of the current Budget Fund for Improving Energy Efficiency.
– Part of the funds of the Administration will continue to be intended for financing the improvement of energy efficiency in local self-government units, and the most significant improvement is the possibility of granting incentives to citizens – they point out in the Ministry of Energy. – To a certain extent, funds can be available to small and medium enterprises.
– Credit lines for energy renovation of homes should be defined according to the purchasing power of the population – believes Goran Rodić, from the Construction Chamber of Serbia. – For example, the monthly installment should not exceed 50 euros. For a loan of 5,000 euros for ten years, about 500 euros would be repaid annually. And that investment will surely pay off within three years.
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