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Adoption of national renewable energy action plans
March 12, 2014

As contracting parties to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Ukraine are obliged to adopt national renewable energy action plans (NREAPs), setting targets for the use of renewable energy sources until 2020.

The NREAPs outline the steps to be taken by each country in order to achieve the legally binding renewable energy targets. Contracting parties are expected to define sectoral targets and to describe the intended diversification of their energy mix. Countries are also obliged to describe strategies in place to tackle the challenges arising as a result of the expanded use of renewable energy, and indicate which existing measures need to be improved and what kind of reforms need to be introduced. The five countries are required to submit their NREAPs by April 10, 2014, in order to comply with the Treaty establishing the Energy Community.

Since November 2013, the NREAPs of the contracting parties Kosovo* and Serbia have been available on the Energy Community website. These extensive documents contain an overview of policies promoting the use of renewable energy, figures for expected final energy consumption between 2010 and 2020, and renewable energy targets and trajectories. Support schemes to promote the use of renewable sources, including biomass, for electricity, heating and cooling energy, and energy in the transport sector are also described. The NREAPs provide an estimate of the total contribution expected from each type of renewable energy technology and energy efficiency or energy-saving measure towards meeting the 2020 target.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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