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Two countries in Europe’s Balkan region have recently announced ambitious climate targets.
Romania has announced it will invest heavily in its goal of achieving climate neutrality while Albania is boosting its solar energy production.
These initiatives are important steps forward for a region where many sectors are dependent on fossil fuels.
Environmentalists have long campaigned for alternative sources of energy.
Romania invests billions in climate neutrality
romania has proposed earmarking billions of euros towards its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050, which includes reducing emissions by 99 percent compared to 1999.
The government will soon vote on an investment of around €2.1 billion.
Romania plans to invest the money in its three main energy-consuming sectors: road transport, construction and industry.
In these key sectors, the government will invest in high-efficiency machinery, technologies and equipment, including new vehicles and advanced heating and cooling systems.
Some funds will also be spent on improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
Albania to power ‘hundreds of thousands’ of homes with solar power
sunny albania Karavasta is boosting the supply of solar energy with approximately 235,000 new solar panels at the Karavasta Power Station on the edge of the National Lagoon. park,
These will be connected to the country’s energy grid in the coming weeks.
In less than two years, French-owned Voltalia company has built the largest solar-powered plant in the Western Balkans, where much of the region depends on fossil fuels, including coal.
Located on 200 hectares of land provided by the Albanian government, the plant will be capable of producing 140 megawatts, powering hundreds of thousands of homes in the country of 2.8 million people.
albania At present it receives about 99 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric power stations.
But due to regular droughts and dilapidated energy infrastructure in the communist era, the country has struggled to keep pace with the difficult growth caused by the millions of tourists visiting each year.
With solar panels on the horizon and an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it is hoped that the country can ensure a stable production of electricity.
Although Albania promotes its green energy sector, the country produces about 650,000 tons of crude oil annually from dilapidated infrastructure, which environmentalists have long criticized for the toll it wreaks on local communities.
But at the same time it got drenched in sunlight beachEngineers say that this area is ideal for a solar park.
Luca Enthord, an engineer working on the project, says the salty, non-cultivable tracts of land surrounding Karavasta have enabled developers to build a project “on a large scale by European standards”.