Panel discussion on 'How to successfully and efficiently switch from using fossil fuels to biomass for heating in public buildings' took place on Friday, May 31st, 2019 in the City of Pirot.

Panel discussion was organized in cooperation between the City of Pirot and GIZ within the Programme 'Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia'. Representatives, from cities and municipalities, mostly energy managers, who are planning to start using biomass for heating public buildings gathered in Pirot. The aim was to enhance discussion about tools needed for implementation of similar projects, mainly switching from fossil fuels to usage of biomass for heating in public buildings through the model of Public-Private partnership. Moreover, the project team from Pirot shared their experiences in realisation of this kind of project with a selected private partner. Between 2014 and 2017, within the four schools in Pirot, the project of replacement of existing boilers on light oil with new boilers on biomass was successfully implemented. This project was the very first PPP-ESCO for heat delivery in Serbia. At the end of the day, the participants had the opportunity to visit boiler rooms in schools, in which the second heating season, using the environment-friendly fuel, was successfully completed this year.