CROBIOM Opposes Regulation on Renewable Energy Sources. Emergency Meeting of the Executive Board (& More)

CROBIOM Opposes Regulation on Renewable Energy Sources. Emergency Meeting of the Executive Board

At an emergency meeting of the Executive Board, convened for Friday, January 8th, the Association will present its arguments and give a motion to delay the adoption Ministry of Economy’s regulation, which is right at the public hearing until January 13th. During the last month, the Association drew attention to the overall situation regarding the need for greater use of biomass and wood fuel, the status of cogeneration plants and the contract with Croatian Energy Market Operator (HROTE), as well as the negotiation of raw material with Croatian Forests Ltd.

On the other hand, biomass plants quotas envisaged in the 2020 NAP Programme were completed at the end of November 2015, which is a limiting factor for all investors from the timber industry, but also for others interested in this sector. Complexity and importance of these topics recognizes the need for long-term strategy and adoption of quality sector policies for renewable energy sources.

Thus, the Executive Board invites all relevant stakeholders, including interested companies and investors, academic community and media representatives and future authorities, because we have the same energetic objectives. We are committed to raising the share of biomass and wood fuel in Croatian energy strategies and the implementation of European policies on renewable energy sources, said Raoul Cvecic Bole, President of the CROBIOM. Given that some of the EU member states, such as Austria and the Baltic countries, exceeded the share of 30 percent of biomass in the total energy production in these countries, and that in Croatia such production is still unsufficient, it is inevitable to audit quota and reconceptualize national use of biomass.

It should also be noted that the state can, through a system of public procurement, encourage greater use of pellets and other wood fuels in public facilities that currently use fossil fuels, but also to continue the stimulation of implantation of biomass and pellet stoves, which can be a major contribution to achieving the energy goals set by the EU.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, city of Prijedor: Biomass will save up to 50% Compared to Fossil Fuels! No lower prices for consumers until 2017.

The new thermal plant, which was recently put into operation, will produce thermal and electric energy. With the new energy source the plant will save more than 50%, but citizens will have to wait for lower heating prices for another two to three years, while the company does not settle the old debts for consumed fossil fuels.

The City has so far spent 2,8 mil. EUR for crude oil, and biomass allocation will amount to over 1 mil. EUR. The annual expenditure of biomass is projected to about 30,000 m3. Among the major suppliers of wood chips there are Serbian Forests Ltd. and an old Prijedor iron mine, Ljubija.

The new plant construction is worth 9 mil. EUR, out of which 7 mil. EUR is ensured by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) through credits. 2 mil. EUR donation will be ensured by the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA. The heating plant will repurchase biomass, which is a good opportunity for local sawmills and private forest owners who will be able to offer the biomass in the domestic market, instead of exporting it.