The temple of St. Sava taken by a drone at dawn in Belgrade, Serbia

Revitalizing Serbia’s Renewable Energy Sector .

Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities | Energy
Europe and Eurasia

Serbia Better Energy Activity

Project Dates: November 2021 - September 2026
By reducing Serbian dependence on fossil fuels and energy imports, the Serbia Better Energy Activity will support Serbia’s energy production and security.

Serbia’s economic reliance on energy imports from Russia has historically prevented the country from diversifying its energy sources. The Serbian government’s 2020 goal to achieve 27% of final energy consumption from renewable energy fell short. However, this goal demonstrates an acknowledgement by Serbian leaders that they must embrace energy efficient technologies and practices to achieve energy independence.

The five-year Serbia Better Energy Activity, funded by USAID/Serbia, addresses the lack of incentives and investments for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country, with an end goal of reducing dependency on fossil fuels. The Activity aims to improve energy efficiency at the municipal level and increase the use of renewable energy resources by working with district heating plants, multi-apartment buildings, and financial institutions to increase and expand renewable energy use. By doing so, it will reduce inefficient use of energy resources, augment renewables use in Serbia’s energy mix, and strengthen the government’s capacity to design and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies.

Project Goals


  • Increase private sector energy efficiency/renewable energy investments
  • Decrease emissions of air pollutants
  • Increase the number of beneficiaries with improved energy service