Light up your mind, before you light a lamp
Over the years the Albanian governments have tried to improve the legal and regulatory framework for energy, setting ambitious goals and more desired, while their translation into reality of the country's citizens is still modest.
Furthermore, many of these policies have created stagnation being used in ways that rather than reduce the impact on the environment, have altered the pristine environments in Albania and have increased even more pollution.
Ambitious objectives, such as the national target of producing 38% of energy consumed from renewable sources by 2020, has issued investors towards each water stream in the country. A large number (about 500 licences) of small hydro power plants have started work by alienating rich natural areas of particular importance for local residents and tourists.
Support schemes to promote the use of energy from renewable sources in the transport sector are even more ambitious. Very soon it is expected that the current law "On production, transportation and marketing of bio-fuel and other fuels, renewable for transport", provides that, starting from 2016, the minimum annually amount of bio-fuels and other renewable fuel substances used for transport, not to be less than 10% of total fuels traded in the retail market.
But, according to the Central Technical Inspectorate, which analyzed for over a year the fuel quality in the Albanian retail market, in any case, none of the samples taken by trading points, either gas oil or gasoline, does not meet the standards set in law. The report revealed by the National Environment Agency, in November 2014 shows that, of the 164 samples analyzed, all of them contain high sulfur content, the majority of which over five times higher than the allowed rate.
This, while Albania applied at COP21 to reduce greenhouse gases in the territory of Albania by 7% until 2030.
In these conditions, where as in many sectors, there is a huge disconnection between reality and expectations, Albania above all has the need to set well thought priorities starting mainly with the citizen.
Achieving success with the citizen (building) is mutually beneficial, that’s why the possibility of success remains high. Regarding other sectors it will take years and seriousness to produce results in favor of efficiency and reduction of environmental impact from this sector.
In this issue you will find the reasons why civil society is stated against park investment in the Artificial Lake of Tirana, more information on Air Pack, you will learn about residential buildings in Albania regarding their conversion for low-carbon emission in the future, the utilization of biomass and the university curricula in relation to energy efficiency market.
Pro Credit Bank represents Eco investment in dwellings and businesses, also in this number are shown successful examples of using renewable energies in health care centers, details about the functioning of the Information Center on energy efficiency and waste management in the Municipality of Dibra. Get to know more about the Performance Index of Energy infrastructure in 2016, expectations for the future of the oceans until 2050 and other information browsing this issue of Mjedisi Sot magazine.