The power systems of the Western Balkans are the most polluting in Europe. The transformation of these systems away from lignite and towards renewables has begun to take shape. Yet, the pandemic, together with the war in Ukraine, have made this endeavour more complex. The conviction that domestic lignite is vital for security of supply has resurged in the face of higher commodity prices and inflation.
The six countries of the Western Balkans have committed to fully decarbonising their economies by 2050. This process has gained momentum with the 2020 Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda and the recent Decarbonisation Roadmap for the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community, adopted in 2021.
By showcasing options for fully decarbonising the Western Balkan power system by 2045 – three scenarios were modeled in the respective study Agora Energiewende commissioned to enervis energy advisors (for more information on the study please see "all content" further down) –, this webinar aimed to contribute to the public dialogue on this issue. The pathways presented show how the countries can minimise costs and maximise security of supply while limiting the role of fossil gas and achieving zero-emission power systems. The takeaway is clear: Coal belongs to the past while fossil gas is not the bridge that will take us towards a decarbonised future. Furthermore, storage technologies are sure to play a vital role in the transition process.
The 1,5-hour webinar was hold in English and included a Q&A session.
You can find the detailed programme of this webinar in the download section further down.
You can find the presentations of this event in the download section further down.
The recording can be found above.