Collection of data on carbon dioxide emissions within the preparation of Directive Specific Implementation Plan for the EU Directive on the Emissions Trading System completed

Directive Specific Implementation Plan (DSIP) for the EU ETS Directive is being developed within the IED Serbia project, which will ensure comprehensive integration of relevant industrial sectors in Serbia with the European Green Deal and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, both from the perspective of reducing environmental pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The aforementioned DSIP will include a detailed explanation of specific needs, investment requirements for infrastructure reconstruction and upgrading to clean technologies, diversification of energy mix, and similar measures, which will ensure full compliance with the EU ETS Directive.

One of the key steps in the technical analysis was the definition of a questionnaire for collecting data on the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ETS operators in Serbia. This questionnaire was developed based on templates prepared by the European Commission for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of GHG emissions within the framework of the ETS implementation.

The analysis covered 145 companies both from private and public sectors, including thermal power plants, heating plants, oil refineries, iron and steel mills, as well as companies from the metal, chemical, cement, pulp, paper, lime and ceramic industries. The analysis of the submitted data found that 20 companies were not subject to the requirements of this Directive, due to factors such as no longer being in operation, had reduced capacity, or changes in the type of fuel.

During the technical analysis and collection of data on CO2 emissions, significant support was provided to companies in terms of capacity building in the area of approximation of the principles and mechanisms of the ETS Directive and a specific training course that included practical work on the MRV system within the ETS. This will be of great help to companies, since according to the Law on Climate Change they have the obligation to prepare and submit the application for GHG emissions permit as soon as the Rulebook on the MRV system is officially adopted, which is expected in the last quarter of this year.