The Ministry of Environment, in cooperation and with the assistance of the EU funded Project IBECA organised the training on EU- ETS

On Thursday, 20th April 2017, the Ministry of Environment, in cooperation and with the assistance of the EU funded Project IBECA, organized a training on the Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community, amended (EU ETS), and the Regulation of the Commission (EU) No 601/2012 of 21 January 2012 on Monitoring and Reporting of the Greenhouse Gases as per the Directive 2003/87/EC.

This training was carried out following the work on the preparation of the draft Law “On Climate Change” and its presentation to the main stakeholders several weeks ago.

The draft Law “On Climate Change” has partially transposed this directive, using only the requests on monitoring, reporting and verification of the reports on the Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) Emissions. When these technical requests have been implemented, and beyond that, when Albania becomes a member to the EU, the necessary conditions may be satisfied for the country’s participation in the European Scheme for Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowance Trading.

This training was meant exactly for this purpose: to explain in details to the participants the work that needs to be done for a monitoring and reporting per European standards, that is transparent, reliable, etc. It also aimed to explain the functioning of the GHGs allowance trading scheme within the European Community. The participants had the opportunity to get a clearer vision on the possibilities and the complexities of the country’s potential participation in this scheme in the future.

The training was delivered by Mr. Fabio Romani, Independent verifier and ETS consultant, Former member of the Italian Competent Authority and Former Italian delegate at the EU “WG3” and Climate Change Committee (EU Competent Authority), with a wide experience in this field. Participants were representatives of the Ministry of Environment, National Environment Agency, Ministry of Industry and Energy, National Agency for the Natural Resources.

EU-funded project IBECA presents new strategy and action plan for climate change mitigation in Albania

The draft of a comprehensive strategy and action plan with targets and methods on how to mitigate climate change has been prepared. It covers policies and actions in those economic sectors that contribute most to carbon emissions.

Albania’s Ministry of Environment has just been equipped with a draft strategy and plan that will guide the country towards an economy with low carbon output and adapt various sectors towards climate-friendly targets.

Experts from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Energy and other stakeholders discussed the new documents on 4th April 2017 at the presentation event.

“The new strategy summarises and rationalises existing plans and strategies, providing a comprehensive assessment of climate-relevant actions planned in Albania, exploiting synergies and filling gaps”, said Lucia Perugini, senior researcher at Foundation CMCC, Italy, expert with the EU-funded IBECA project team, which drafted the documents to be later discussed and approved by the government. She mentioned that Albania’s priorities are to reduce carbon emissions by 11.5% by 2030 as outlined in the country’s obligation under the Paris Agreement, and to establish data collection for sectors with high emissions such as energy, transport, agriculture, land use, and forestry.

Several other experts presented the targets and objectives for each of the sectors that contribute to climate change through high carbon outputs. In the energy sector two key priorities for climate change mitigation will be promoting sustainable and renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. Actions are foreseen also in the area of transport by promoting the use of environmentally-friendly vehicles as well as improving public transport and introducing new regulations for car emissions. In agriculture and forest sectors measures for low carbon management of land are crucial for a sustainable use of natural resources.

This latest draft document sets the stage for aligning legislation and policies to EU directives in the area of climate change. Since Albania signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 it is obliged to determine its share of contribution to global climate change, to raise its capacity to mitigate effects of climate change, to establish monitoring mechanisms for carbon emission, and to promote awareness and education in order to cut down on emissions. This calls for action in sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture and forestry.

New competences in environmental inspection: EU technical expertise shared with the State Inspectorate for Environment and Forestry

Operational procedures and monitoring standards for environmental inspection have been reforming over the last year

EU technical experts and representatives from the State Inspectorate for Environment and Forestry (SIEF) presented today a new vision for this institution. After a one-year programme of capacity building there are now new environmental inspection and permitting procedures proposed – in accordance with EU requirements.
At the event, IBECA project team leader Paolo Bacca said: “The overall goal of providing assistance to the SIEF was securing efficient authority to detect and prosecute cases of non-compliance for regulated installations or activities”.

Whereas the Chief Inspector of the State Inspectorate for Environment and Forestry, Ergys Agasi, mentioned the various instruments made available in the course of the past year: “With our (SIEF) request IBECA project experts and our inspectors worked together to create a new method of risk-based inspection for installations requiring environmental permit. This method enables the evaluation of environmental risks when the right conditions are not implemented”.

One of the main EU experts who worked with the SIEF, Scott Crossett described the new proposed procedures that are now awaiting formal approval regarding permit, administration, inspection and monitoring of activities that might have an effect on environment and climate change. “We have made some progress over the last 12 months. We still however need radical and fundamental reform of key pieces of legislation on inspection and permitting. The State Inspectorate for Environment and Forestry and the National Environmental Agency are in urgent need for human and financial resources. The Government of Albania must demonstrate that it is genuinely serious about the environment by making these two issues a priority”, said the EU expert.

Other experts presented the new ‘risk-based’ model of operation and the EU-approved checklists that from now will be used when inspecting and monitoring businesses or institutions such as hospitals. Inspection can now be done through an annually accumulated point-based system that evaluates a certain activity or business in terms of environmental compliance; environmental management, the number of complaints from third parties or community, and any reported incidents. The more points, the higher the risk posed by this activity or business, and this means stricter permit management by the SIEF, administering of fines, and other measures.

Over the past year a EU-funded package of technical assistance was provided to SIEF through the project IBECA – Institution Building for Environment and Climate Acquis. It included a programme of vocational learning for all SIEF inspectors, good working practices, IT solutions and procedures for the daily work of inspectors, and increased exchanges and coordination with other institutions in charge of environment including the Ministry, the National Environmental Agency and Regional Environmental Agencies.



New draft action plan to deal with air quality in Albania

EU project IBECA and Ministry of Environment present new draft plan for improving air quality in Albania

On November 1st 2016, at a meeting of experts the EU-funded project IBECA and specialists from the Ministry of Environment presented and discussed a new draft national plan of action on air quality.

This is the first national air quality management plan that is based on EU legislation Acquis Communutaire.

Paolo Bacca Team Leader of the project for Institutional Building for Enforcing Environmental and Climate Acquis IBECA, stated that "this is a step forward regarding implementation of leg-islation on air quality management" and that it follows previous steps to transpose EU Directives on clean air and reduction of heavy metals in the environment.

EU Delegation's sector manager on environment and energy Antoine Avignon said that "By adopting this plan, the Government is agreeing to actively cut the pollutants being emitted from cars, businesses and construction". He mentioned that now that the experts have done their initial work it's up to legislators and government to make this plan work for Albanian citizens.

Director of the National Environmental Agency Julian Beqiri said that there is the need to invest in air monitoring by increasing the number of stations in the country and especially in Tirana where only one station is currently operating. Air quality monitoring is a key component of any effective approach to air quality management, as it provides evidence to decision makers on managing and improving our environment.

The event continued with discussions by air quality experts who presented the key areas where Albanian authorities need to focus in order to improve and protect a satisfactory standard for air quality. They touched on the necessary financial support in order to implement the new plan and also explained which institutions and authorities need to be involved.

EU support to Albania extends also in the area of environmental legislation. The IBECA project is assisting and building capacities to enforce climate and environmental regulations approved by the European Commission that are also relevant for countries like Albania that are candidates for EU membership.




New EU project IBECA to support Albania's environmental and climate change legislation

The IBECA Project started its work in support of the Ministry of Environment for a better management of environment and climate change.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - At an opening conference EU representatives announced the latest support provided in the area of environment. The new project - IBECA - will provide assistance to the Ministry of Environment to raise its capacities and to enforce environmental and climate change legislation.

"Projects similar to the one we are launching today have done a good job on translating, adapting and establishing laws that bear the EU stamp. However, this is only a beginning. The real work starts with enforcing and implementing the legislation", said Antoine Avignon, Sector Manager for Environment and Energy at the EU Delegation in Albania.

"In the last decade the EU realized that the environment and climate change require serious measures. It is no longer enough to rely on education or information campaigns only although they are useful and welcome. Real change happens when the polluter is made to bear responsibility for pollution, when the emission discharger pays the penalty for damaging our environment and climate" continued the EU representative.

The new project Institution Building for Enforcing Environmental and Climate Aqcuis (IBECA) will support the Ministry of Environment, the National Environmental Agency and the State Environmental Inspectorate. Albania's environmental and climate change legislation and management will undergo improvement and approximation with EU laws and regulations. It follows the work done previously in transposing and adopting EU environmental directives.

On behalf of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Alqi Bllako, General Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, mentioned the close cooperation with the EU and the adoption of environmental legislation as important aspects for Albania. He also mentioned the government's latest measures for protecting the environment including the 10 year moratorium on logging to be implemented in the country.

On behalf of the project, Paolo Bacca, Team Leader of the project, said "it is crucial to start the real work, that of enforcing the laws that manage and protect the environment. The real value of translating and adopting new legislation is only in the ultimate enforcement of such laws otherwise we might as well not have laws that are simply written on paper but never practiced in reality". He also mentioned that the project has a component dedicated to climate change and what Albania can do to address this issue. The EU legislative package referred to as Acquis Communutaure includes a chapter on environment and climate change which member and candidate countries must adhere to. Albania has made initial steps in adopting this legislation but work will now focus on implementation and enforcement of laws.

The IBECA project is funded under the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) 2013 and will operate until 2017.


For further information please contact:
Sonila Guna, Office Manager, IBECA project
office@ibeca.al
http://www.ibeca.al/

New EU project IBECA to support Albania's environmental and climate change legislation

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - At an opening conference EU representatives announced the latest support provided in the area of environment. The new project - IBECA - will provide assistance to the Ministry of Environment to raise its capacities and to enforce environmental and climate change legislation. "Projects similar to the one we are launching today have done a good job on translating, adapting and establishing laws that bear the EU stamp.

However, this is only a beginning. The real work starts with enforcing and implementing the legislation", said Antoine Avignon, Sector Manager for Environment and Energy at the EU Delegation in Albania. "In the last decade the EU realized that the environment and climate change require serious measures. It is no longer enough to rely on education or information campaigns only, although they are useful and welcome. Real change happens when the polluter is made to bear responsibility for pollution, when the emission discharger pays the penalty for damaging our environment and climate" continued the EU representative.

The new project, Institution Building for Enforcing Environmental and Climate Aqcuis (IBECA) will support the Ministry of Environment, the National Environmental Agency and the State Environmental Inspectorate. Albania's environmental and climate change legislation and management will undergo improvement and approximation with EU laws and regulations. It follows the work done previously in transposing and adopting EU environmental directives.
On behalf of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Alqi Bllako, General Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, mentioned the close cooperation with the EU and the adoption of environmental legislation as important aspects for Albania. He also mentioned the government's latest measures for protecting the environment including the 10 year moratorium on logging to be implemented in the country.



On behalf of the project, Paolo Bacca, Team Leader of the project, said "it is crucial to start the real work, that of enforcing the laws that manage and protect the environment. The real value of translating and adopting new legislation is only in the ultimate enforcement of such laws otherwise we might as well not have laws that are simply written on paper but never practiced in reality". He also mentioned that the project has a component dedicated to climate change and what Albania can do to address this issue.

The EU legislative package referred to as Acquis Communutaure includes a chapter on environment and climate change which member and candidate countries must adhere to. Albania has made initial steps in adopting this legislation but work will now focus on implementation and enforcement of laws. The IBECA project is funded under the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) 2013 and will operate until 2017.


For further information please contact:
Sonila Guna, Office Manager, IBECA project
office@ibeca.al
http://www.ibeca.al/