Original source: Balkan Green Energy News /Author: Vladimir Spasić
The Energy Community Secretariat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have prepared policy guidelines to help contracting parties to design and establish effective centralized financing mechanisms to boost energy efficiency investments.
According to the recently published Energy Transition Tracker, the energy-saving measures could lead to additional investments worth EUR 2.5 billion in the Western Balkans.
Under the Energy Efficiency Directive, Energy Community contracting parties need to improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2020, with new targets for 2030 to soon be adopted.
Centralised and publicly led financing mechanisms can play an important role in achieving these savings, according to the Energy Community Secretariat.
The policy guidelines aim to support the design and establishment of such mechanisms, covering design considerations such as sources of funding, types of financial instruments, allocation approaches, and good governance.
EBRD and the secretariat developed the guidelines to complement those on energy efficiency obligation schemes (published in November 2018) to support countries in their decision as to the most appropriate policy mix for achieving the required end-use energy savings.
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