Central European Development Forum, CEDEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia, the Secretariat of Energy of the City of Belgrade and the Agency for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia orginazed the Seventh International CEDEF Energy ForumEnergy efficient and smart citiesheld on 1st of December of 2016. in Belgrade.
aim of the forum was:

  • Presentation of examples of good practice in energy efficiency in local governments of Serbia

  • To highlight the importance of implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the public sector, especially in view of the role of energy management in cities and municipalities,

  • Emphasize the need for the use of advanced technologies in the field of ICT, energy management, district heating, KHG, public lighting, waste management, etc.,

  • Emphasize the models of financing energy efficiency projects in local governments

Remind the importance of hospitality operations and safeguard the assets and resources of cities in order to increase their resilience to the insurance against natural disasters which are more frequent due to climate change

In their quest for sustainable, equitable, and innovative models associated cities, state and municipal leaders around the world watching the experience of other cities in search of ideas and study best practice, although there is no single solution that fits all. Therefore, the speakers of the Forum were from different spheres but all together surrounded the theme of smart cities and shared their experience in these areas.

Andjela Vila, PR manager of the project “Banatsko the sun for all” in front of the town of Pancevo, spoke about the pilot project funded by the EU under the IPA project. It is especially emphasized that it is possible to realize ideas in the field of energy efficiency, there are funds and assets and work on creating smart cities and the fight for sustainable development should not present a challenge.

The project of the solar system for the production of thermal energy in the town of Pancevo is the largest solar project of this type in recent Serbian history. With this project, 360 solar collectors (Viessmann German technology) will produce heat from solar energy, which will be used by Toplana Pančevo for heating domestic hot water for the citizens but also to increase the efficiency of their own heating during the heating season.

Besides other, speakers wereDr Ivan Bosnjak State Secretary of the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self- Government talked about E-system that works on the territory of Serbia and in cooperation with all other ministries, who spoke about services, Jovanka Atanacković, Assistant to the Minister of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia spoke about the new new Housing Act and Dusko Radisic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Zrenjanin represented the Project of the City of Zrenjanin “Smart City”. Fabian Gemsa, a commercial attaché , Austria’s embassy, talked about Vienna and 22. district Aspenas as a good example of smart city.

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