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PROJECTS

Cooperation with Belgrade Open School (BOŠ) 

 

Good climate for development – participation of local governments and civil society in the creation  of a national climate policy in the process of EU accession (2017)

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The project will showcase how inclusive policy making should look like. All activities serve to strengthen the advocacy role of civil society in the EU accession process given that: a) national climate policy is primarily currently driven by the EU accession and b) RES foundation programme director is a member of the national Team Europe independent network established to promote the values of the EU and the process of the EU integration with the citizens of Serbia. Information material (printed and video) prepared using also views collected in the 4 regional panel discussions will serve to inform citizens of Serbia on relevance of the climate policy for their wellbeing and the role of the EU in the development of such policy. Through this process RES targets local communities that belong to least developed (devastated, fourth and third group according to classification) and civil society in these areas.

Preparation of the information packages will be followed by the stakeholder mapping and final selection of the 4 areas where panel discussions will be held. Summary of the discussion will be fed in the process of Climate change strategy preparation and will be followed by the preparation of video promotional material.
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Cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS)

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“Network of positive energy" – “Mreža dobre energije" (2017)

 

After the completion of the proposed project municipalities will be empowered to monitor and plan activities in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, more efficiently allocate scarce public resources in these sectors and pro-actively engage with the donors and potential investors.

Local energy planning will be performed using methodology prescribed by the Covenant of Mayors. Western Balkan 6 Sustainability Charter will also be used as the guiding document in the process.

Capacities of the selected municipalities will be developed through the following activities:

  • Development of the E-platform for local energy and climate planning. The platform will be incrementally developed to cover the entire region. The platform will be part of the RES flagship initiative “Mreža dobre energije” (“Network of positive energy”) – multi stakeholder initiative for sustainable and climate friendly local energy and will be hosted on the dobraenergija.net domain owned by RES Foundation.
  • Provision of ad hoc local energy management services by the RES team.
  • Organisation of partnership conference on WB6 Sustainability Charter and community energy.
  • Preparation of one final draft of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) two municipalities.
  • Preparation of research paper on feasibility of energy cooperatives as tool for promotion of sustainable community energy.

 

Cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS)

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Monitoring Republic of Serbia’s climate policy: Quality of Climate – Can we do more?

Phase I (2016)

The overall objective of this project is to support low carbon resilient development in Serbia.  Within this project the RES foundation targeted and mobilized two groups of stakeholders groups to participate in the process of National Climate Change Strategy formulation.

The RES Foundation facilitates the compilation of inputs from local self-government and private sector through focused discussion panels and call for evidence designed for a broader group of participants. During this project the RES foundation partnered with Standing Conference Of Towns and Municipalities and Serbian Chamber Of Commerce.

The project communicates timely the inputs to the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Republic of Serbia which coordinates strategy formulation process. It therefore contributes to a more transparent and participatory drafting procedure.

The RES Foundation presented the initial findings at the kick-off conference called “Combating Climate Change: Serbia’s Readiness". The Ministry Of Agriculture And Environment Of Republic Of Serbia invited officially the RES Foundation and nominated it for membership in the Project Working Group for development of National Climate Strategy.


Monitoring Republic of Serbia’s climate policy: Quality of Climate – Can we do more?
Phase I (
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RES Foundation with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation has executed the project called Monitoring Of Climate Policy In Serbia – “Quantifying Unintentional Abatement Costs – GHG Reduction Consequences Of Serbian Floods” whose overall aim was to support low-carbon development in Serbia and to encourage and inform public discussion on climate change and energy policy. The project delivered the following outputs:

  • Analysis on Biennial Update Report (BUR)
  • Analysis on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC)
  • Provision of inputs for Second National Communication (SNC)
  • Stakeholder mapping and empowerment needs
  • Influencing the process of preparation of National climate change strategy and its table of contents.
  • Communication strategy

Part of the project activities were related to an active involvement of the identified target groups, i.e. local authorities and the business sector, and their contribution to the national climate strategy development process. RES Foundation reviewed potential modalities for cooperation through the prism of relevant stakeholders – local self-government. Results showed that local level is very interested to be timely involved in the process of formulating a national climate policy and believes that it has the capacity to actively contribute. Thanks to the activities undertaken by the project, deficiency of the Climate Strategy have been identified and communicated with the partners in and outside the Republic of Serbia.

Related article authored by Jasminka Young, RES Foundation co-founder Role Of Local Government In Formula

COOPERATION WITH EUROPEAN CLIMATE FOUNDATION (ECF)

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CLIMATE FRIENDLY ENERGY FUTURE OF SERBIA II

(2017 – 2018)

This project is advancing cleaner air and a healthy climate to the benefit of the public.

      This project aims to:

  • support the process of National Climate Change Strategy making,
  • inform this process about SEERMAP project results and stakeholder views on the first draft of the Strategy,
  • facilitate the discussion about two expecting National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) outputs that are announced by the Department of climate change: the first one being a policy review and the second one scenarios.

The project will also contribute to the implementation of the activities envisaged by the recently published draft Program for energy strategy implementation (PESI), and will  support the stakeholders active in de-carbonization discussions preparing evidence for informed policy making.

COOPERATION WITH EUROPEAN CLIMATE FOUNDATION (ECF)

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CLIMATE FRIENDLY ENERGY FUTURE OF SERBIA

(2016 – 2017)

The objective of the grant is to inform national energy and climate planning processes in general, and process of National Climate Change Strategy in particular on decarbonization options for Serbian energy sector, through engagement with the academia and energy professionals.

Inclusive stakeholders’ consultation process led by RES foundation will facilitate collection of academia and energy professionals’ attitudes, visions and knowledge. Knowledge, vision and attitudes of stakeholders will be communicated to the decision makers, abiding to the principle of inclusive policy making.

This principle is not a goal in itself but rather serves the purpose of improved climate change policy and enhanced national ownership of such policy. Inclusive, nationally owned policy is a policy that can be better implemented. Desk and field research, Call for Evidence and visioning workshops will all serve to identify visions of academics and energy professionals on future decarbonized energy sector in Serbia. At the same time this process will encourage such thinking both among the target groups and general public.

COOPERATION WITH EUROPEAN CLIMATE FOUNDATION (ECF)

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Quantifying CO2 abatement costs in Serbian power sector in 2014

(2015 – 2016)

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) aims to foster the transition to a low-carbon society in Europe.

RES Foundation is recognized as a valuable partner who can implement and undertake activities in line with ECF vision and strategy.

In order to inform the position of the EU, IMF, EBRD, Energy Community and selected national stakeholders on certain macroeconomic consequences of Serbian energy choices, RES Foundation performed research and communicated findings to the major institutions that may affect the future developments in Serbian energy sector.

Those developments may have consequences on GHG emissions from Serbia.  A detailed analysis of communication profiles of targeted audiences will serve as the basis for corresponding communication strategies.

In 2015. RES has produced report on the Climate Change Policy in Serbia, and has prepared analysis of the 2014. floods from the perspective of GHG emissions reduction. RES has also researched public policy and financing mechanisms behind the projects for construction of new lignite plants.

COOPERATION WITH Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Efficient wood stoves for improved public health, increased efficiency of resource use, reduced energy poverty and reduced pollution

(2016 – 2017)

The overall objective of this project is to improve public health, increase efficiency of resource use, and reduce energy poverty and indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Project entitled Efficient wood stoves for improved public health, increased efficiency of resource use, reduced energy poverty and reduced pollution aims to facilitate the development of effective, implementable, comprehensive policy for promotion of efficient wood stoves in the households through preparation of

  1. the Roadmap for the development and implementation of comprehensive policy for promotion of more efficient wood stoves and
  2. draft the corresponding advocacy communications strategy.

COOPERATION WITH The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)

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Advancing Sustainable Development, Focusing on Renewable Energy Sources

As of August 2016, the RES Foundation has become a grantee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) for the program Advancing Sustainable Development, Focusing on Renewable Energy Sources. 

RES Foundation appreciates being part of this network aimed at supporting regional initiatives and at encouraging development of a vibrant civil society.

With this support RES Foundation will enhance the capacity for sustainable development and further pursue its vision and strategies committed to sustainable development and accountability in governance.