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The Fourth Macedonian Energy Forum entitled “Mapping the Energy Future” this year was held on 13 and 14 September 2021 in Skopje and was organized by the ZIP Institute, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and the US Embassy in North Macedonia.

The Macedonian Energy Forum is an event that aims to contribute to a more diverse, inclusive and direct exchange of expertise, practices and plans for the European, Western Balkan and Macedonian energy sectors and their progress towards a fair energy transition and meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) on the UN agenda for 2030.

The Open Society Foundation – Macedonia, recognizing the importance of mapping the energy future, gave support to the organization of the fourth edition of the energy forum which enabled the participation and cooperation of various experts in a hybrid model. The forum is particularly important as it provides a diverse high-level platform where stakeholders from different sectors, regions and backgrounds in the energy field will discuss the challenges of the Western Balkan countries in achieving a fair energy transition and providing access to affordable, safe, sustainable and modern energy for all. The topics of the panels were diverse: the energy transition in general and the challenges of the region to reach this European trend; potential municipal cooperation within the Covenant of Mayors with neighboring cities; a roadmap for the countries of the Western Balkans towards a fair energy transition; climate change resistance projects; implementation of the EU-SDG 7 Green Agreement.

The forum also provided improved cross-sectoral and regional cooperation in energy policies, improved dialogue between the government and civil society, as well as comprehensive recommendations for the Macedonian Government’s policies based on the forum’s discussions and findings in the field of energy transitions and climate resilience.

For more information about the Macedonian Energy Forum, visit the ZIP Institute website.


28 September 2021