Albania Made Steps Toward Renewable Energy
Albanian Daily News
Published November 6, 2017
Albania finally adopted long-awaited laws on the Energy Performance of Building. This fact was recently underlined in the Annual Implementation Report, of the Energy Community Secretariat which provides a comprehensive overview of the progress achieved by the Energy Community Contracting Parties in implementing the acquis communautaire under the Energy Community Treaty. Six of the eight Contracting Parties have successfully completed the transposition of the Third Energy Package.

"Work on transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive is ongoing in all Contracting Parties, with notable results in Montenegro and Serbia, but should intensify in the forthcoming period. Despite the downward trend of energy intensity in most Contracting Parties, the values of this indicator remain high compared to the EU average. Stronger energy efficiency measures must be implemented across sectors.

Modest progress was achieved with respect to transposition and implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive, which is also reflected in the limited increase of renewable energy capacities. According to 2015 data, five Contracting Parties (Albania, Kosovo*, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine) remain below their indicative trajectory to meet the 2020 targets. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro have met their respective targets, yet this is due to the revision of biomass data rather than the uptake of renewable energy technologies," underlines the report.

An ongoing and persistent failure to perform prevails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As regards actual implementation of the acquis, the report concludes that the level achieved varies greatly.

For the first time, the report covers legislation on climate change. "Sustainability of the energy sectors finally comes to the fore in the Energy Community, with the fight against climate change being the one unifier which does not distinguish between EU Member States and Contracting Parties," said Deputy Director, Dirk Buschle. "Catching up in this area is of crucial importance. This is why we have decided to focus in this year's implementation report on the Contracting Parties' climate change legislation and strategies, especially with respect to monitoring and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions. Albania, Serbia and Montenegro are the most advanced in the drafting of climate change laws."

This is the first year that the Secretariat's report assesses the countries' progress with respect to the so-called TEN-E Regulation on trans-European energy infrastructure, which aims to streamline permitting procedures and facilitate investment in energy infrastructure. A special investment chapter assesses the progress made in the realisation of Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest.

The Secretariat's Annual Implementation Report, covering the period from September 2016 to September 2017, features dedicated chapters on electricity, gas, oil, infrastructure, national regulatory authorities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment, climate change, competition and statistics. The report does not comprise the newest Energy Community Contracting Party - Georgia. A comprehensive implementation report dedicated to assessing Georgia's compliance with the aquis communautaire was published in August 2017.

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