Conference - “Biomass – Fuel of the Future“

13 Dec 2013

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Biomass as the fuel of the future was the theme of today's conference organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the frame of the project “Bosnia and Herzegovina Biomass Energy for Employment and Energy Security”, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

The conference brought together stakeholders in the wood-processing industry, decision makers, public forest enterprises, as well as potential investors. Success stories and good practice examples were presented at the conference related to the use of wood biomass from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference also served as a platform for presentation of positive experiences from the Czech Republic.

“The government of the Czech Republic has been implementing projects whose value amounts to millions of Euros. Among them is the project for boiler replacement at Nemila, the Municipality of Zenica. This project was completed two months ago. We are currently in the preparatory phase of another project targeting Cantonal Hospital in Bihać, worth over one million Euro. I am especially pleased that today we may present a project implemented together with UNDP, for schools in the Municipalities of Srebrenica and Bratunac. I believe that this project is very important for this municipality and the region alike,“ said Tomas Szunyog, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Biomass represents huge potential in total energy consumption in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as economic potential for development of small and medium-sized enterprises, with direct impact on increase in employment and export opportunities. Biomass in the form of firewood and charcoal is a growing energy source in BiH, whose average consumption is estimated at 1.3 million cubic meters per year. In theory, available biomass can reach a share of almost 14 percent of total energy consumption in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“So far, one hundred local consultants, designers, and other technical persons have actively participated in our project activities. We have implemented four projects of fuel switch from fossil fuels to biomass, we have reduced CO2 emissions, saved energy. On top of it all, we have contributed to biomass market development in Bosnia and Herzegovina“, noted Sanjin Avdić, UNDP Energy and Environment Sector leader.

"Use of fuels such as fuel oil or coal is much more expensive than biomass. So, biomass use for heating will bring cost savings, while introduction of energy efficiency measures, that is, thermo-insulation of facilities, replacing of carpentry, and other measures reduce energy consumption, all of which leads to additional savings ," stated Erna Alihodžić, Vice-president of the Biomass Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Projects implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Environmental Protection Fund of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a project implemented by the Biomass Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina were also presented at the conference.

Project presentations can be found at the link below:

http://issuu.com/undpbiomassconference