The current global energy crisis is also a reason for the growing concern of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina since the coming winter, especially in areas where heating plants are indirectly energy-related to natural gas. This has been the case with Zenica since last year.
Professor and environmental activist Samir Lemes says that a large number of uncertainties have been made, the largest of which is the delivery of natural gas from Russia.
“There is a great possibility that we will run out of natural gas by staying only on fuels produced at the Zenica Ironworks, in Arcelor Mittal. On the other hand, Arcelor Mittal has been operating without an environmental permit since May and it is uncertain what will happen with the new environmental permit, because earlier we have measured carcinogenic substances and pollutants in the vicinity of the coke oven. We still do not have the results of these measurements, and it depends on whether the coke oven or the entire Ironworks will get an environmental permit at all and whether we will be able to use it as a heating source. ”
He points out that the old coal-fired heating plant must not be allowed to restart.
“Heat pumps are the only technological solution that can provide us with reliable, stable heating while keeping emissions to a minimum. The question is whether we are able to do that because decisions about what to heat are not made by the profession but by them. brought by politics, corporations or financial institutions. ”
Lemes states that the drafting of a new request under the provisions of the new law for the environmental permit to Arcelor Mittal is in the final phase.
“That request contains 150 new measures that Arcelor Mittal needs to implement in the next five years in order to bring its business into the legally permitted norms.”
“After the election, we can certainly expect an increase in electricity prices. Fuel prices are rising every day, so I recommend citizens to save as much energy as they can, if they have the opportunity to invest in warming their buildings, and replacing carpentry to reduce energy consumption, and those who heat with central heating, in my opinion, it would be the smartest to install calorimeters because there is no sense in heating buildings if you pay per square meter “, concludes Lemes, Federalna writes.