At the panel discussion “Energy crisis and transition: Where are we actually going”, organized by the International Festival of Green Culture Green Fest in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Serbia, he said that more and more attention will be paid to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (RES ).
He added that “in this crisis, every country wants to be as independent as possible, and RES are the ones that provide energy stability and independence, because every country owns even the sun and wind.”
All this, according to him, requires time and large investments, but that “that price will have to be accepted”.
The EU’s short-term measures, as he said, imply that the sources of energy supply from different directions are diversified, energy is saved and that the procurement of energy sources, primarily LNG, natural gas and hydrogen, is carried out through a common platform.
Vuković said that in the EU, more and more emphasis is being placed on hydrogen, as one of the possible solutions, especially for energy storage, and “the role of the prosumer will be greater and greater”.
“It is part of the energy solution and the Gordian knot in Serbia,” Vuković said.
He added that as far as regulatory reform is concerned, efforts are being made to simplify the mechanisms for obtaining permits for the construction of energy facilities. As he said, this is “happening in the EU and will have repercussions on Serbia as well”.
Slobodan Perović, a consultant on the development of RES projects in Serbia, said that “the agents that led to the crisis are common”.
He said that the consequences that the crisis will leave on Serbia’s economy differ greatly and “are a function of the preparedness of the energy sector to meet the crisis”.
“The crisis is not here to pass in one season, it has come to stay for the next two or three years until the investments are finished, the biggest challenges will be in the heating and electricity sector,” said Perović.
The Green Fest will last until November 25, and is realized with the European Climate Foundation and with the financial and technical assistance of the EU.