Using wood fuel better in Serbia

August 2019

This study reports the results of a follow-up survey conducted in the pilot regions of Leskovac and Vlasotince (“South Serbia Region”), Užice and Bajina Bašta (“South-West Serbia Region”, and Ivanjica and Nova Varoš (“Control Region”) that were selected as part of Component 3 of the GIZ Programme “Establishing a sustainably bioenergy market in Serbia”.

Component 3 ran from December 2013 until July 2017, and its objective was to improve the efficiency of firewood use in households. The target of Indicator 3 of the GIZ programme, was set to “10,000 additional households which use wood fuels efficiently in the selected regions”.

The follow-up household survey revealed that in the heating season 2016/17, 14,810 additional households, i.e.  15,427 total households (22.4% of the population), in the pilot regions used wood fuels efficiently, up from the baseline value of 617 (1%) from 2013/14, and thus over-achieving the target value of 10,000 additional households (i.e. a total of 15% of households) in the pilot regions.

In the Control Region, which did not benefit from the activities of Component 3, a mere 3.8% of households used wood fuels efficiently.

The report discusses data gathering through the survey in detail, detailed results obtained, and makes recommendations as to continue to improve the use of wood fuels in households in Serbia.


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