The Municipal Energy Efficiency and Management Project in Serbia (MEEMP), started with implementation on January 1st, 2018. This project aims at improving the energy efficiency and energy management at the local level, leading to energy savings, decreasing the negative impacts on the environment and improving quality of life.
Project activities are planned carefully to ensure best, sustainable results: they will focus on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of public buildings in terms of energy efficiency, on the introduction of the internationally recognized European Energy Award methodology and on capacity building in the field of energy efficiency at the national and local level.
MEEMP project has a duration of 42 months and a total value of 8’4 million euros, where Swiss contribution is 7’4 million euros and the four local governments will contribute with one million euros. The project is implemented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation (SECO) with Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia as implementing partner. The consultant for the implementation is an international consortium comprising Swiss and Serbian companies (ENCO Energie-Consulting AG, Switzerland, EBP Schweiz AG, Switzerland, GFA Entec, Switzerland, GFA South East Europe d.o.o., Serbia and Quiddita d.o.o., Serbia). Beneficiary municipalities are Krusevac, Paracin, Uzice and Vrbas.
The Memorandum of Understanding for this project was signed in March 2017 between the Minister of Mining and Energy, Mr. Aleksandar Antic, and the Swiss Ambassador to Serbia, Mr. Philippe Guex. On this occasion Minister Antic highlighted that every investment in the energy efficiency measures leading to energy savings brought significant benefits, not only in terms of financial savings, environmental protection and mitigation of climate change but also in terms of life quality but also in terms of life quality. Therefore, the Minister invited the local self-governments to place energy efficiency among top priorities.