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The 2035 Bosnia and Herzegovina Energy strategy national framework is just the energy lobby‘s wish list without a clear vision

The 2035 Bosnia and Herzegovina Energy strategy national framework was proposed for approval at the 1st of August Council of ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina‘s 151st session. While this framework is presented to the public as the national energy strategy, actually it is just a whish list of a goverment and an energy lobby who do not want to change even for the benefit of whole country‘s development

This is the opinion of the enviromental organizations which have followed this document's development process.

„It is obvious that B-H decision makers do not have a clear and consensual vision on the energy sector development. This development will still be relying on „past century 70‘s“ policies, based on producing energy from fossil fuels and exporting electricity“ points out Duška Kudra, Center for Environment Energy and Climate Change Program Coordinator.

Denis Žiško, Energy and Climate Change Program Coordinator in the Center for ecology and energy remarks that all this is just another proof of „our politicians short-sightedness“: „While our politians swear on B-H path to EU integration, at the same time they approve a strategy in which none of the offered scenarios imply the energy sector decarbonisation actually pursued by the European Union“

Rijad Tikveša, Ekotim president, emphasizes that a major deficiency of the document is the fact that no strategic environmental impact assessment has been made during its development: "Now we have no idea about the type and intensity of the negative impacts of each scenario on the environment and the society" Tikveša added.

Reaching an agreement on the 2035 Bosnia and Herzegovina Energy strategy national framework has taken more than one year. After having received „green light“ from Republica srpska entity‘s side, it has been proposed for approval on the 151st session of the Council of ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While EU countries work intensively on a decarbonisation system, Bosnia and Herzegovina obviously ignores these principles with the approval of a document not compliant with the country's obligations adquired from the signed international documents.

16.08.2018.