VIII International Forum for Clean Energy Technologies
2014 ENERGY CHARTER = SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SERBIA
Novi Sad, 30th September – 1st October 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
Sustainable development and energy security represent a strategic consistency for all countries thinking about sustainable development as the basis for their own better future. The focus of the work and discussions at this year’s Forum on Clean Energy Technologies (hereinafter referred as the: Forum) on raising the question about the creation of the plan for the operationalization of the Energy Charter of the Republic of Serbia in 2014 is based on the need to identify as realistically as possible our current energy potentials and possibilities, as well as to identify the degree of achieved objectives defined in the National Development Strategy. The comparative evaluation of our defined goals in relation to previously programmed European and regional energy development strategies and their implementation can only depict realistic perspectives of sustainable development and energy future of the Republic of Serbia.
The Program Committee of the Forum has concluded that after many years of modest advances in the field of energy, the Republic of Serbia should intensify its activities not only in the field of improving regulatory basis for the development of energy sector but also relevant to the initiation of the construction of major capital projects. In this way, the preconditions for the arrival of already confirmed results in European countries in the implementation of their strategy EUROPE 2020-30-50 will be enabled. We are confident that many years of our joint efforts with all relevant national and provincial institutions in the energy sector have contributed to ensuring a new objective view onto our energy security. At the same time, we should be aware of consequences of our inactivity and failure to adapt to climate changes and consider them as real risks in order to permanently prevent emergency situations and disasters. A safe way to overcome these challenges is, among other things, progressive drafting of a new national policy for sustainable development with a particular emphasis on energy security, energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources and clean energy technologies in general.
In order to continuously increase our energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources, it is necessary to effectively manage energy consumption in real time and at the same time to institutionalize a unique government’s framework - Energy Charter as a tool for continuous and systematic prevention of excessive use of energy and reduction of losses in power distribution systems. First of all, this requires knowledge about energy management and active use of new technological developments in order to ensure measurement of performances and the situation in real time of all elements of the national energy system. It is very important to provide conditions so that energy consumption becomes absolutely controlled current social process of national interest from the technological and economic aspects. The main aim for enacting and signing the Energy Charter is to establish vertical control and to foster the implementation of national strategies and plans. This requires significantly better organization of management, efficient energy management and struggle to change consumers’ behavior and, in particular, to change long ago overcome habits in lives of our citizens and to adopt imperative and permanent energy savings. Therefore, the Forum is intending to permanently consider the development of services in the field of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources as a social and technological priority of Serbia. According to many indicators, the Republic of Serbia is still significantly lagging behind in creating its own energy efficiency policy capable of providing its realistic sustainable development in the future which is today successfully implemented in the EU member counties. In joint efforts of all national entities, this should be changed for the better.
The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to reviewing and actualization of the strategic basis for the energy policy and sustainable development of the Republic of Serbia, as well as to considerations of experiences of countries in the region and the EU and presentations of papers by invited participants. The Program Committee will in direct contacts with authors choose topics aimed at achieving planned objectives of the Forum: Launching Energy Charter with a special emphasis on the need to create maneuvering space for organized and daily activities on the implementation of projects in the field of energy efficiency and broad application and development of renewable energy technologies and at building the environment for mass use of clean energy technologies. After all working sessions and presentations during them, discussions will be opened which should finally offer clear messages to the government institutions and to general public about possible future sustainable development of the energy sector in Serbia until 2020. The second day of the Forum, with the co-sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and Chamber of Economy of Vojvodina will be especially focused on considerations and implementation of the mission of the chamber system in the achievement of goals of the national energy policy and to presentations of practical, realized business projects in the country and abroad, as well as B2B meetings of potential partners. We expect that presentations of affirmative experiences of business representatives should encourage wider application and development of clean energy technologies in Serbia. Also, during the second day, panels on current topics will be opened such as “Biofuels in the Region” with the support of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia - World Petroleum Council and “Biomass Market” with the support of the Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia.
I would like to invite you to take part in this year's Eight Forum and to give your contribution in creating a vision of our country’s energy and business projects, as well as to strengthening mutual relations and energy security of regions in the Southeast Europe.
Tihomir Simić, PhD
Chairman of the Forum