NNKS Delegation Study Visit to the Czech Republic Institutions in the framework of the BIO4BLEND Project

A delegation of representatives of National Petroleum Committee of Serbia, NIS company and Market Inspection of the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications from 18 to 22 October participated in a study visit to the Czech Republic, in the framework of the international project “BIO4BLEND: Impact of Legislative on biofuels on Serbian market: Overcoming the problems and introduction of EU best practice in early stage of biofuels implementation on the Serbian market.“

A visit was organized with the aim of getting acquainted with the way of organizing the production and distribution of biofuels on the Czech Republic petroleum products market, to meet the obligation of biofuels blending, which will become mandatory from 2022 for all participants in the market of petroleum products in the Republic of Serbia.

Representatives of the delegation had the opportunity to start the visit at the storages of the Čepro a.s., the state-owned company for transport, storage and sale of petroleum products in the Czech Republic, where they got acquainted with the way the biofuel blending process is organized and harmonized with the European Union standards. By participating in the European conference organized by FuelsEurope – “VISION 2050“ on the second day of the visit, the participants of the delegation had the unique opportunity to gain insights into the future of sustainable fuels. The detailed discussion on the quality of biocomponents and measurement of the biofuels quality was conducted during the visit of the University of the Chemistry and Technology and the company SGS. The visit continued with a series of presentations at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, where representatives of the Serbian delegation had the opportunity to receive more information from representatives of the state authorities of the Czech Republic on biofuels legislation, development and adoption of the National Energy and Climate Plan of the Czech Republic, and to attend the presentation of the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic Ministry of Finance.

The visit completed at the headquarter of the company Agrofert, where the presentation of the potential in the production of biocomponents and the methods of calculating savings in GHG emissions in the process of the biocomponents production was held.

The agreement of the representatives of the Serbian delegation with the Czech partners that this visit fulfilled the expectations in terms of getting acquainted with all aspects of the biofuel blending and distribution was reached, and the gained insights will be useful in the forthcoming obligation on the Serbian market from 2022.

Realization of the project “BIO4BLEND: Impact of Legislative on biofuels on Serbian market: Overcoming the problems and introduction of EU best practice in early stage of biofuels implementation on the Serbian market“ will be completed at the end of November, when the presentation of the final conclusions is planned at the workshop in Belgrade.

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