Swiss Ambassador attends signing of energy efficiency contract in Vrbas

Local news, 26.07.2021

The Ambassador of Switzerland in Serbia, Mr. Urs Schmid, on 26 July 2021 visited the municipality of Vrbas to attend the signing ceremony between the Ministry of Mining and Energy, represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Mrs. Zorana Mihajlovic, and the selected contractor, Morava In, that will perform energy efficiency rehabilitation of one school and four kindergartens in that municipality. This contract, worth 1,4 million EUR, is funded by Switzerland through the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Management Project and will contribute to a significant reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the comfort for children and education professionals.

Signing ceremony in Vrbas
Signing ceremony in Vrbas ©Ministry of Mining and Energy

"With this and other measures, like the introduction of the European Energy Award, Switzerland supports the efforts of the Ministry to improve energy efficiency in public buildings in a number of municipalities including Vrbas, Krusevac, Paracin and Uzice with a total amount of EUR 8 mio. In Vrbas we also supported the development of the Spatial Heat Supply Program for the period 2021 to 2030, which should provide a solid basis for the energy transition process in this municipality" said the Ambassador.

“This project is part of our long-term goal of reducing energy consumption by 40 percent by 2030. Also, the plan is to have at least 50 percent of energy obtained from renewable sources, and that is a joint task of the Government, local governments, but also all of us, and to teach our children about what energy efficiency is and how important energy is. Only when we achieve that goal can we talk about the green agenda and about trying to have a healthier environment," Mrs. Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic pointed out.

The construction in Vrbas is expected to be finalized by April 2022.