The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is implementing the GEF funded project “Reducing Barriers to Accelerate the Development of Biomass Markets in Serbia” in close partnership with the Ministry of Mining and Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia.
The objective of the Biomass Project is to increase the share of energy from renewable sources in the energy mix of Serbia, namely the share of biomass in power generation. One of project activities is focused on enhancing the capacity of all relevant stakeholders to develop, finance, construct and operate bankable biomass renewable energy projects. To that end an update and revision of six existing, yet outdated guides for investors in renewable energy facilities has been performed, aligning all guides with existing legislation that regulates this matter.
All guides are bilingual and, except for one, were delivered in two versions. Six detailed guides describe in details the comprehensive procedure for constructing the energy facilities and performing economic activity of energy generation from renewable sources. Detailed guides are intended primarily to investors and project developers, but also to officials in different competent institutions since the legal procedure is cross-sectoral. In five less detailed guides the comprehensive matter is described in simpler and illustrative manner with an idea to get this topic closer to the wide range of stakeholders.
The objective of the guides is to encourage and assist the investors interested in the Serbian renewable energy sector, but also to identify through thorough analysis weakness and inconsistencies of the procedure and to encourage competent institutions to perform legal and institutional improvements. We sincerely hope that the guides will trigger constructive dialog between the numerous stakeholders and thus contribute to their better awareness and mutual understanding, which ultimately should result in favorable environment for investments in renewable energy.