Centre for International Environmental Studies

The future of coal passes through Kosovo

Noah Kittner, Senior Researcher in the Group for Sustainability and Technology at ETH Zürich
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Room P1-847, Maison de la paix, Geneva

CIES Lunch Seminar

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In Kosovo a proposed new coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for over a decade. In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal energy projects, unless no financially feasible alternatives exist, making Kosovo a critical test case for future financing. By 2018, the World Bank withdrew its loan offer, but the coal plant remains on the table for discussion. This seminar explores the science and policy behind coal development in Kosovo and investigates the different geopolitical and energy pathways to provide alternative options for electricity and heat. We discuss the role of the World Bank and multi-lateral development banks to provide alternative financial mechanisms to deal with the air pollution crisis and increasing viability of renewable energy systems.

Please register here as lunch is provided.