Supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency

Promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2022 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport


Serbia uses primarily fossil fuels such as lignite, heavy fuel oil and heating oil to produce heat and electricity in often outdated and inefficient plants. This results in high greenhouse gas emissions, increased air pollution and local environmental impacts. However, Serbia has immense potential to use renewable energy sources and increase its energy efficiency.

Solar panels on a house roof. Copyright: GIZ/Aleksandar Popovic


The citizens of Serbian cities are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of the energy transition in buildings and have access to appropriate solutions.


The project supports the Ministry of Mining and Energy in establishing the legal framework for the energy transition in the building sector. To this end, it carries out analyses and is developing plans to create the foundations for wider use of photovoltaic systems, sustainable heating solutions, heat pumps and improved energy efficiency.

The project also develops model applications to prove the technical and financial feasibility of the prosumer approach and integrated solutions for buildings. These models are examples of good practices and showcase the cooperation between various partners from the public and private sectors in investments in renewable energy sources.

Public awareness activities include developing information products on the technical and economic potential of the energy transition in the building sector.

Educational activities, workshops and training sessions on installing photovoltaic and heat pump systems improve the capabilities of installers, municipal energy managers and students at universities and secondary schools. This contributes to decentralising the energy sector, driving the energy transition, developing rural regions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Last update: November 2023