Memorandum for establishment of strategic cooperation between the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and Mining Power Complex (REK) Bitola was signed today. Signatories to this memorandum, executive director of the REC, Mr. Mihail Dimovski and the director of AD ELEM-REK Bitola, Mr. Vasko Kovacevski, have signed the document that aims for joint implementation of future projects that should improve the promotion of sustainable use of the natural resources and environmental protection by investing in the best available “green” technologies and efficient operational practices.
The Mining Power Complex (REK) “Bitola”, with its three production units, each of 233 MW, and net annual production of approximately 1.200 GWh by unit, has the largest national production capacity for electricity. The other signing party to this document, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe(REC), is one of the largest international organizations working in the field of the environment, therefore their cooperation marked by signing of this Memorandum is expected to provide valuable assistance to the environment in the country, as well as in the region of Southeast Europe.
Recognizing the significance of the approach to energy and efficiency of the usage of resources for the protection and improvement of the environment and mitigation of climate change, by signing this Memorandum, REC and REK Bitola commit to joint proactive approach with the aim to reduce the impacts of production capacities, as well as to the protection and improvement of the environment for current and future generations to stimulate sustainable development. Their approach will be, in particular, consisted in pursuing the fulfillment of priority goals and strategic mission from the investment program for the period 2018-2020 of AD ELEM – REK Bitola. These goals can be summarized in several main areas: increased production from renewable energy sources, increased energy efficiency, modernization of the current plants, introduction of environmental technologies by decreasing emissions and reconciliating with national and EU standards, as well as increased diversity of energy resources by increasing the natural gas usage.
These responsibilities and practices are in line with international protocols and liabilities for the greenhouse gas emissions decrease (Kyoto protocol), as well as improvement of the competition of the company on the electricity market, and acknowledging the upcoming electricity market liberalization.