The climate change is the most important issue of our time, and its repercussions are already in effect globally, including the Western Balkans region. Unless we manage to change our way of living, primarily our approach to energy production and consumption, we will jeopardize the future of our societies. The Paris Agreement seeks to limit the rise in the world’s average surface temperature to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial times by the end of this century. However, in their joint message to the Government of Serbia, the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia and the UNDP in Serbia state that ‘’if some of the worst scenarios come true, the Western Balkans countries can expect a warming of up to 3 °C by mid-century’’.

Actions taken by the EU have made shift towards consumption and production that are fairer for planet. While seeking for membership in the EU, WB has often fallen behind such ambitions when it comes to policy implementation. While the EU is moving to carbon-neutral, most governments in the region are planning to develop new coal-fired power plants, despite the fact that coal contributes the most to air pollution in the region. Since every society in WB region suffers from high GHG emission, regional cooperation is the best way to tackle this common problem.

 

Overall objective is to contribute to regional cooperation, and strengthen regional cohesion in the WB6 region.

Specific objectives are:

  1. To empower students from less developed areas with high GHG emissions in the Western Balkans to take a more active role in their local communities towards fair transition to renewable energy production;
  2. To advocate for more ambitious agenda on reduction of GHG emissions and fair transition to renewable energy production among WB policy makers;
  3. To raise awareness among youth in the Westerns Balkans on importance and necessity of transition to renewable energy production and examples of good practice.

 

Estimated results:

  1. Empowered students to take a more active role in their local communities towards fair transition to renewable energy production;
  2. Set of advocating tools and activities, in the first place Regional Green Youth Charter (RGYC), developed, and advocated for more ambitious agenda on reduction of GHG emissions and fair transition to renewable energy production among WB policy makers;
  3. Raised awareness of youth on importance of transition to renewable energy production by created online platform.

 

Main activities:

  • Training seminar for university students with residence in selected municipalities organized in order to raise their knowledge on economic and environmental benefits of the clean energy transition, and provide them with tools for action in their local communities on this subject;
  • Development of a Regional Green Youth Charter (RGYC), with a goal of demanding action from policy makers both in setting a more ambitious agenda and in its implementation;
  • Creation of an online platform for emphasizing the importance of transition to renewable energy production and sharing local success stories;
  • Advocacy activities, including presentation and promotion of RGYC and online platform.

 

Project partners: Center for Ecology and Energy (Tuzla), Democracy for Development (Pristina), ALPHA Center (Niksic).

Project is co-financed by the Western Balkans Fund.

Duration: July 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021

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