Bio Energy Partnership with Serbia

Project of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Bio Energy Partnership with Serbia

  • Staatssekretär Dr. Andre Baumann nahm an der von der GIZ veranstalteten Regional-Konferenz „Bioenergie – Zugang zu erschwinglicher und nachhaltiger Energie“ am 18. November 2016 in Belgrad teil. Die Konferenz weckte großes Interesse im Donauraum. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer kamen aus Serbien, Kroatien, Montenegro, Bosnien und Herzegowina, Albanien, Mazedonien und Baden-Württemberg. Die Konferenz hatte zum Ziel, die internationale und regionale Kooperation im Bereich der Bioenergie zu intensivieren und günstige Rahmenbedingungen ausgehend von Serbien in die Regionen Südosteuropas zu fördern.

    State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann participated at the GIZ Regional-Conference „Bioenergy – Access to Affordable and Sustainable Energy“ at 18 November 2016 in Belgrade. The conference enjoyed a great deal of interest in the Danube Region. The participants were from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Baden-Württemberg. The goal of the conference was to intensify the international and regional cooperation in the field of bioenergy and to enhance favorable frame conditions to be set of from Serbia into the regions of South East Europe.

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  • The workshop Bioenergy was held in March 2016 in cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ for participants from the Serbian Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, the Serbian Ministry of Energy, the Serbian Association o

    The workshop Bioenergy was held in March 2016 in cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ for participants from the Serbian Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, the Serbian Ministry of Energy, the Serbian Association of Cities and Towns and the Serbian government agency responsible for public investment. The delegation also visited the bioenergy village Hemmingen and the farm Ursenbacher Hof in Waibstadt-Daisbach.

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  • GIZ hosted in November 2015 in Belgrade an international workshop “How to strengthen the usage of bioenergy in the Balkans region” to enhance the regional cooperation in South-East-Europe across borders. From Baden-Württemberg took part bioenergy-exp

    GIZ hosted in November 2015 in Belgrade an international workshop “How to strengthen the usage of bioenergy in the Balkans region” to enhance the regional cooperation in South-East-Europe across borders. From Baden-Württemberg took part bioenergy-expert Konrad Raab (left) and gave an overview of the framework conditions for bioenergy utilization in Germany.

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  • Serbian delegations visited Baden-Württemberg in the autumn of 2015 in the context of the Bioenergy Partnership with Serbia and cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ. Visits were made to bioenergy villages and small biogas

    Serbian delegations visited Baden-Württemberg in the autumn of 2015 in the context of the Bioenergy Partnership with Serbia and cooperation with the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ. Visits were made to bioenergy villages and small biogas plants.

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  • Experts from Baden-Württemberg took part in a round table discussion in the Serbian Parliament on 16 September 2015 at the invitation of the Parliamentary Forum for En-ergy Policy in Serbia. During the discussion they reported on their experiences with b

    Experts from Baden-Württemberg took part in a round table discussion in the Serbian Parliament on 16 September 2015 at the invitation of the Parliamentary Forum for En-ergy Policy in Serbia. During the discussion they reported on their experiences with biomass.

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  • At the parliamentary afternoon on April 23, 2015 at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels, the panellists stressed the high relevance of bioenergy in energy transition.

    At the parliamentary afternoon on April 23, 2015 at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels, the panellists stressed the high relevance of bioenergy in energy transition.

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  • Dr. Georg Person, ZAK Ringsheim (third from right) presents the newly erected biomass heating plant in Ringsheim in which thermal energy is obtained from straw. The facility went into operation in December 2014.

    Dr. Georg Person, ZAK Ringsheim (third from right) presents the newly erected biomass heating plant in Ringsheim in which thermal energy is obtained from straw. The facility went into operation in December 2014.

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  • Following the opening event, the Serbian delegation visited the bio energy village Untermaßholderbach near Öhringen on 10 September 2014.

    Following the opening event, the Serbian delegation visited the bio energy village Untermaßholderbach near Öhringen on 10 September 2014.

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  • A total of 70 people attended the opening event in Stuttgart on 9 September 2014.

    A total of 70 people attended the opening event in Stuttgart on 9 September 2014.

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  • From left to right: S. Trommershaeuser, Consul General B. Vučurović, Minister Prof. Dr. S. Bogosavljević-Bošković, Minister F. Untersteller, State Secretary S. Božović, Deputy Minister Prof. Dr. M. Banjac, D. Thurau

    From left to right: S. Trommershaeuser, Consul General B. Vučurović, Minister Prof. Dr. S. Bogosavljević-Bošković, Minister F. Untersteller, State Secretary S. Božović, Deputy Minister Prof. Dr. M. Banjac, D. Thurau

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Within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Baden-Württemberg is participating in a bio energy partnership with Serbia. The objectives of this collaboration are climate protection, the use of renewable energy, and the transfer of environmental technologies.

This bio energy partnership is about exchange at the political level, in research and about actual cooperation between individual local businesses. On the policy side, it is important to ensure general conditions that promote the expansion of bio energy, which is both necessary and desired throughout Europe. In this partnership, Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector works closely together with the Germany Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Inaugural event of the bioenergy partnership in Stuttgart

  • The opening event for the bio energy partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Serbia took place in Stuttgart on 9 September 2014. Headed by the Serbian Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, Prof. Dr. Snežana Bogosavljević-Bošković, a high-ranking Serbian delegation was in attendance. The event’s objective was to bring together players from business, research, and politics and to provide momentum for potential collaborations. Furthermore, the participants discussed legal regulations for bio energy and initiated cooperation at the international level. Specific projects are to be developed.

    With approx. 70 participants from Serbia, Baden-Württemberg, and other parts of Germany, the opening event was received very well. The Serbian and German partners used this opportunity for exchange. In addition, the partner dialogue gave all participants the opportunity of having further conversations on the structures and forms of partnership, asking questions, and presenting ideas. The opening event was an important big step for collaboration between Baden-Württemberg and Serbia in the area of bio energy.

Information gathering trips

  • Following the event, the Serbian delegation had the opportunity of viewing the bio energy village Untermaßholderbach near Öhringen and the Ludwigsburg wood-fired combined heat and power plant. Ravensburg’s Energy Agency was presented to the participants.

    In December 2014, at the invitation of the Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy, a Serbian delegation visited the bioenergy villages of St. Peter and Büsingen. On the agenda were also presentations and discussions at the Freiburg energy agency. The aim of the delegation’s trip was to find out which approaches from Baden Wurttemberg could be applicable in Serbia or prompt ideas for new solutions there.

    In cooperation with the GIZ, delegations travelled to Baden-Württemberg on 28 October 2015 and 5 November 2015. Visits were made to bioenergy villages and small biogas plants. 

Parliamentary Afternoon in Brussels

  • Another highlight of the bioenergy partnership was Parliamentary Afternoon: “The role of bioenergy in energy security and climate protection in the Danube region – a contribution from Baden Wurttemberg and Serbia”. It took place on April 23, 2015 at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels. The event was jointly hosted by the Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy, GIZ and ARGE Danube.

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    Minutes Parliamentary Afternoon [04/15; 622 KB]

Round table in the Serbian Parliament

  • "Use of biomass in the generation of energy – experiences in Baden-Württemberg and Serbia"

    Experts from Baden-Württemberg took part in a round table discussion in the Serbian Parliament on 16 September 2015 at the invitation of the Parliamentary Forum for En-ergy Policy in Serbia. During the discussion they reported on their experiences with biomass. The meeting was led by the Forum's deputy chairperson Dr. Branislav Blažić.

    In her speech, Ms Jutta Lück, Head of Department of Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, emphasised Baden-Württemberg's desire to continue the political dialogue in the framework of the Baden-Württemberg-Serbia Bioenergy Partnership, to share experiences and to support Serbia on its way to making greater use of renewable energies. The centrepiece of the event were talks given by Mr Konrad Raab from Baden-Württemberg and Professor Ratko Ristić from the University of Belgrade.

    The discussion revealed huge interest in the use of bioenergies in Serbia. There is great potential for biomass in Serbia. Not only could it provide the country with a secure and independent source of energy and contribute to climate change mitigation, biomass would also offer important economic benefits and rural development.

Workshop Bioenergy

  • From 1 March to 4 March 2016, the Ministry of the Environment hosted a Serbian delegation in the context of the EU's Danube Strategy for a workshop on "Bioenergy" in Stuttgart. The workshop focused on the legal and political conditions for bioenergy, district heating, local heating and financial mechanisms and incentives for renewable energy sources.

    Talks held by Konrad Raab (Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment) and Hemut Lamp (National Biomass Association BBE) on the political and legal conditions for bioenergy in Baden-Württemberg formed the basis of an exciting and animated discussion among participants. Presentations by Dr. Volker Kienzlen (KEA Climate and Energy Agency), Kerstin Stolzenburg (Agricultural Technology Center Augustenberg), Karl Zepf (Fernwärme Ulm GmbH) and Nico Storz (Energieagentur Freiburg) provided further expertise on the requirements and implementation of a secure bioenergy supply. Director General Helmfried Meinel took part in the constructive exchange between Baden-Württemberg and Serbia during lunch.

    The group excursion to Hemmingen and Waibstadt-Daisbach was another highlight of the workshop. The delegation was able to visit a bioenergy village there and learn about the expansion of a district heating network in practice. In addition, the delegation viewed a miscanthus farm and was briefed on the advantages and disadvantages of miscanthus as a sustainable energy source.

Regional Conference „Bioenergy”

  • State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann took part at the GIZ Regional Conference „Bioenergy – Access to Affordable and Sustainable Energy” at 18 November 2016 in Belgrade. The conference generated great interest in the Danube Region: Among the participants were many politicians and leaders from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Baden-Württemberg. The aim of the conference was to intensify the international and regional cooperation in the field of bioenergy and - originating from Serbia -  to create favorable framework conditions in the regions of South East Europe. This involves laws, support programs and further measures, which could make the use of bioenergy for investors and consumers also economically interesting. The participants shared and discussed the possibilities of affordable, sustainable and modern energy for all consumers. The use of bioenergy could bring a positive economical development to the whole region. Furthermore technical aspects of bioenergy and innovative solutions, which were initiated and implemented the Danube Region, were discussed.

    Further Informations

    Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia (GIZ DKTI)

Advantages of a Partnership

  • Within the framework of a bio energy partnership, synergies with Baden-Württemberg’s European, environmental, and economic policy interests can be identified and harnessed. The current debate on the future of bio energy and fossil fuels shows that there is still a lack of international cooperation on and conditions conducive to a further expansion of bio energy and a European bio energy market.

    The use of firewood is indeed widespread in Serbia and in the entire southeast European market, but there is also great potential for using bio energy products from forestry and agriculture in order to produce heat and electricity.

    Businesses and market players in Germany’s bio energy sector are global leaders in the continuing development of bio energy technologies and regional energy concepts. Nonetheless, up until now, they have hardly had any market presence in Serbia and southeastern Europe.

    Within the framework of the German Climate Technology Initiative (DKTI) and commissioned by the German federal government, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) is currently conducting a project in Serbia to develop a sustainable bio energy market. This bio energy partnership brings together political decision makers, municipalities, universities, associations, and businesses in Baden-Württemberg and Serbia.


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Priručnik o čvrstim biogorivima

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Minutes Parliamentary Afternoon

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Further information

Development of a sustainable bioenergy market

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