On Monday, May 10, 2021, a meeting of the informal Green Parliamentary Group was held, at which Professor Vladimir Đurđević from the Faculty of Physics and the Institute of Meteorology delivered a lecture on the state of the air in Serbia.
MPs were very interested to hear more about polluting PM particles (PM10, PM2.5) and other major pollutants (NOx, SOx), and they also talked about the state of the air in Serbia in relation to EU member states, how the current state of pollution affects the life expectancy of the population, then, in what way it is possible to plan the reduction of emissions of harmful substances, as well as which are the most endangered cities in Serbia. By following the lecture, MPs were able to get acquainted with the current state of climate change by comparing the state of climate from the end of the 19th century and how it is today. Special attention was placed on thermal power plants and the EU’s plan to redirect electricity production to renewable sources in the next 10 years.
Questions remain as to how Serbia could implement its plans more quickly and how much money would need to be invested to keep pace with the European Union on issues of active air quality care. The MPs showed great interest in ways in which they could influence the situation and encourage institutional and systemic solutions to pollution problems.