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Climate change is becoming more noticeable and the need of climate action is more than necessary. With the Paris Agreement, we have defined the framework within which we must remain in order to prevent the escalation of the changed climate, and COP26 is the first opportunity to check the progress in this area.
Serbia’s approach to the European Union and harmonization of legislation in this area has been further strengthened by signing the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, which obliges us to take many steps to reduce all unnecessary emissions to a minimum, with strong EU financial assistance.
The process of transition to carbon neutrality in Serbia will require a great effort to decarbonize our electricity and industrial sectors, but also to accelerate activities that will help adapt to climate change in all sectors.
In order to achieve all this, it is important to understand the significance and benefits that we will have in this process, as well as the ways in which these topics will be communicated in the future and represented in the media.

Panelists:

Antoine Avignon
Program Manager for Environment and Climate Change | EU Delegation, Mission  to Serbia

Aleksandar Macura
Program Director | RES Foundation

Nemanja Milović
Founder and editor in chief | Portal Klima101

Ana Vuković Vimić, Ph.D
Associate Professor | Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade

Moderator:
Mirjana Jovanović
Programme manager | Belgrade Open School, on behalf of the Coalition 27

This panel discussion is done in cooperation with Coalition 27 and ECO SYSTEM: Environmental Reforms Supporting Programme.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Climate Action is NOW”.

The energy transition entails not only the abandonment of fossil fuels and the transition to renewable energy sources, but also the decentralization and democratization of the energy system. Besides large power plants owned by state or large investors, the expansion of renewable sources, especially solar energy, also allows citizens to take an important role in the process of electricity production.
After a long wait, this spring Serbia adopted the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources, which finally introduces the concepts of prosumer and energy communities (cooperatives) in our country. The law regulates the participation of citizens in this area, who are significantly interested in the possibility to become prosumers.
In this panel discussion you will learn how solar panels work, how can citizens become producers of electricity, what is the concept of producer-consumer, what are energy cooperatives and what is their experience in Serbia.

Panelists:

Slobodan Jerotić
Mechanical Engineer | Director of PSC Heating Plant – Šabac

Ana Džokić
Prosumer Pioneer | Energy Community Elektropionir

Djordje Samardžija
Climate Entrepreneur | Energy Community Elektropionir

Vuk Radmilović, Ph.D
Assistant Professor | Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade

Moderator:
Nemanja Milović
founder and editor in chief of portal klima101.rs

This panel discussion is done in cooperation with portal Klima101 as a part of the project “Energy of change”, which is implemented within the project of the Belgrade Open School “Green Incubator”, with the financial support of the European Union and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Climate Action is NOW”.

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, and are particularly vulnerable to climate change, which has a major impact on their functioning, infrastructure, housing, life and human health.
Cities significantly contribute to the emergence of climate change, because urban activities are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions. Estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions, with transportation and buildings contributing the most.
Adequate urban planning is especially important in adapting to climate change, and it is essential that cities become an integral part of the solution in the fight against climate change, through well planned development and adaptation to future changed climate conditions.
Belgrade is one of the world’s cities that does not make an extremely large contribution to global gas emissions, but it is our largest city and the biggest challenge for practical preparation for adaptation to climate change.
Within the panel discussion, we will find out how citizens’ insights on climate change can affect the current directions of city development, is the cooperation of different actors and decision makers – a utopia or a necessity in future considerations of climate change in cities.

Panelists:

Vladimir Djurdjević, Ph.D
Associate Professor | Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade

Tanja Adnadjević, Ph.D
Coordinator | TeRRIFICA project in Serbia

Ivan Simić, Ph.D
Assistant Professor | Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urbanism, University of Belgrade

Iva Čukić, Ph.D
Founder of the Ministry of Space

Moderator:
Tomica Mišljenović
Assistant at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade

This panel discussion is done in cooperation with project TeRRIFICA.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Climate Action is NOW”.

Climate Forum and ECO-SYSTEM programme present

Combustion of fossil fuels to produce electricity and heat is a leading source of carbon dioxide emissions and leads to global warming and climate change. The planet is currently warmer by about 1.1 ° C compared to the pre-industrial period, and reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warn that if warming goes above 1.5 ° C, serious consequences would occur.
At the moment, countries that collectively generate over 70% of world GDP (among which the largest are the United States, China and the EU) have goals to reach net zero CO₂ emissions by the middle of the 21st century. The first step on that path is the decarbonization of the power system and the abandonment of coal as the energy source that contributes the most to climate change.
Progress in the field of renewable energy sources and declining prices in the last 10 years have led to the fact that electricity produced by the sun and wind is now price competitive with fossil fuels in a large number of world markets, which has facilitated the energy transition.
We are discussing the current state of the domestic electricity system, what concrete steps Serbia should take in the next 10 years in order to start the energy transition in the right way, and whether it will succeed in that.

Panelists:

Professor Nikola Rajakovic, PhD
President of the Association of Energy Sector Specialists and Power Engineers

Aleksandar Macura
Programme Director of RES Foundation

Nikola Stamenov
Development Director, CWP Global

Moderator:
Nemanja Milovic
Founder and editor in chief of portal Klima 101

The panel discussion is implemented by Climate forum as a part of the ECO SYSTEM programme: Supporting environmental reforms in Serbia implemented by Young Researchers of Serbia (MIS), with the support of Sweden.

According to the International Energy Agency, the building and construction sectors are responsible for about 36% of world energy consumption and 39% of greenhouse gas emissions.
During the production of materials such as steel and cement, a large amount of greenhouse gases ends up in the atmosphere, while incredible amounts of energy are spent each year on heating and cooling often energy-inefficient buildings.
At the global level, construction is in great expansion and it is expected that in the next 40 years, the total built-up area in the world will double, and this trend is clearly visible in Serbia as well.
In order to reduce the negative impact of the construction industry on the environment and climate, various measures are resorted to. From the use of more sustainable materials, through mandatory energy efficiency standards and massive renovation of facilities through state-supported programs.
In this panel discussion we talk about the future of green building in Serbia: How can we make more sustainable concrete, what are the benefits of energy passports for buildings, how can they become more energy efficient and how much does it all pay off?

Panelists:

Assistant Jelena Dragas, PhD
Faculty of Civil Engineering

Professor Natasa Curkovic Ignjatovic, PhD
Faculty of Architecture

Martin Elezovic
Director of REENG, member of the Board of Directors of Serbia Green Building Council

Moderator:
Nemanja Milovic
Founder and editor in chief of portal Klima 101

The panel discussion is implemented by Climate forum as a part of the ECO SYSTEM programme: Supporting environmental reforms in Serbia implemented by Young Researchers of Serbia (MIS), with the support of Sweden.

Karavan za klimu

The climate caravan is a project designed by the French Institute in Serbia in 2018, developed this year in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Science and the support of the European Union Delegation to Serbia and the United Nations Development Program in Serbia. By connecting the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity, Climate Caravan 3.0 strives to reinforce citizens’ awareness of the importance of knowing and identifying protected species on the territory of Serbia. The 2020-2021 edition of the exhibition, which focuses on endangered species in Serbia, can be seen online: http://karavanzaklimu.rs/digital/sr/

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