Energy and Environment

Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are essential components of a European future for countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a generally low awareness of the interdependence between environment and development, national priority setting in this area is quite limited. UNDP focuses its support on ensuring that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the human and financial resources to sustainably use its environmental and natural resources, that it meets the EU Environmental Acquis and creates green, resilient economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for its population. The ultimate goal of the Energy and Environment Sector in BiH is to fundamentally change the understanding of the environment, including water resources, and sustainable energy issues in the country, from the current perception of being a burden to being an important current and future development asset. more

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country rich in natural resources, which could be one of the drivers of development and economic growth. The potential is high in forestry, adventure and specialised tourism and water sports, the energy sector (hydropower and biomass utilisation), manufacturing and services. However, the overall awareness of policymakers and citizens of the intricate and subtle connection between environment and development is still fairly basic, with the result that these resources are not being adequately used or protected. Although there has been progress in the harmonisation of the legal aspects of environmental protection in each Entity, implementation of environmental legislation remains a concern. State-level environmental law or, as a minimum, harmonised modern legislation in both Entities, is needed to ensure a uniform countrywide approach to environmental protection and its challenges. In-depth

Energy-efficient consumption generates new jobs in BiH

Within the “Green Economic Development” Project energy-efficiency works have been implemented on the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Banja Luka. The infrastructure works included setting a new thermal façade, improving the heating system, replacing the roof construction, joinery, lighting and radiator valves, and will contribute to saving on heating by 50% while 1,400 students and employees will have better indoor conditions. more

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Cleaning after the floods 2014 (Photo: UNDP BiH)

How does investing in disaster prevention pay off?

Without investing in strategic prevention efforts, no development efforts can be sustainable. The bottom line is this: We need to address causes, not symptoms, of its vulnerability to disasters.more 

Financing heating costs for low-efficiency public buildings is one of the biggest problems for public administrations countrywide

Sustainable Energy Solutions

Although rich in sources of renewable energy, Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the earliest stages of developing its enormous potential and uses about 20% of itsmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Green Economic Development (GED)

    From an energy consumption perspective, Bosnia and Herzegovina is characterized as a country with very high inefficiency within the residential, non-residential/public, industry and service sector. At the same time however, Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the most significant energy conservation potentials in the region and could base its further mid-term economic development and generation of new employment on energy efficiency improvement measures in the residential and public sector.more 

  • Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin

    This project will enable the government of BiH and communities of the Vrbas basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management and embark on climate resilient economic activities.more 

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Biomass Energy for Employment and Energy Security Project

    Bosnia and Herzegovina has significant biomass energy resources, and the rural population in particular is highly dependent on wood for energy. However, despite the large potential for biomass energy, a number of interrelated market barriers – including the limited availability of financing, a lack of business models and management skills, limited information availability and low awareness – combine to restrict the self-sustaining growth of this market. more 

  • Regulatory Framework for Tariff Setting in Water Supply and Sewerage Services in BiH

    The key long-term challenge in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s water sector is the lack of financial sustainability of water utilities. Capacities to appropriately manage financial planning and management are limited while the accounting practices neither comply with national legislation requirements nor international professional standards. more 

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Increasing Energy Efficiency