Renewable energy provides a significant share of the region’s energy and is higher than the EU-27 average (EEA, 2008). Almost all of the renewable energy comes from large hydropower plants; wind, solar and geothermal sources remain negligible at less than 1 per cent of the total. The EU, as part of its terms for accession, will require all countries to have larger proportions of energy from renewable sources. Investments in hydropower, biodiesel, wind and solar power stations will multiply (Ralchev, 2012). The share of renewable energies within the total energy mix is expected to increase significantly, with hydropower remaining the largest source of renewable energy (EEA, 2008). More than 500 hydropower projects are under development in the Western Balkans region (IUCN, 2015). Many of these will take place on largely intact river systems and within or in proximity to key biodiversity sites within the region (IUCN).
From collection: Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Western Balkan Mountains
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