The RIT/ American University in Kosovo CENR provides both consulting and research support for technical and policy related issues important to the development of Kosovo’s energy and natural resource sectors. CENR seeks to make all of our research and data collection activities available to the public through its website and through regular public forums. Current research activities are supported by the American University in Kosovo undergraduate students and graduate students at the American University in Kosovo and RIT. Core research and consulting activities include:
In close collaboration with the relevant policy-making institutions and extraction firms, CENR is conducting a comprehensive review of mining law and policy in Kosovo. The aim is to analyse to what extent the regulatory apparatus is conducive to the sustainable and equitable development of Kosovo’s extractive industry. Specific topics include the institutional dimensions of regulatory governance and resource-based industrialization. CENR Research Fellow Luca J. Uberti (email@example.com) is responsible for developing this research programme.
The American University in Kosovo-RIT CENR is working with the World Bank to establish a baseline assessment of Kosovo’s energy intensity and the institutional framework in place to support long term development of policies for energy efficiency. This work includes the creation of a comprehensive energy and energy efficiency database. Ultimately, the Center seeks to develop a GIS enabled database characterizing Kosovo’s potential for improving energy efficiency.
Mr. Sami Duraku of the Independent Commission of Mines and Minerals has collaborated with the American University in Kosovo-RIT CENR to create a time survey of the Kosovo forests. The map will compare forest boundaries of present and past and highlight areas of potential clear cutting practices. This project is in collaboration with the Kosovo Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning.
ICMM and the American University in Kosovo-RIT CENR have prepared a policy brief which outlines possible policy alternatives to the current Kosovo C project. The key message of the policy brief is to exploit other lignite fields in Kosovo (e.g. the Dukagjini lignite field and the Drenica lignite field) for the construction of mines and lignite fuelled power plants in addition to Kosovo C.
The American University in Kosovo-CENR in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo organized a Friday Forum event on an Implementation Plan of the Kosovo Energy Strategy for the Period 2009-2011 prepared and presented by the American University in Kosovo students who attended the Energy Policy course in Fall 2007. The Implementation Plan was presented to a broad audience including representatives of several of Kosovo's public and private institutions, the American University's in Kosovo students and Kosovo's media.
Nine American University in Kosovo students have increased their knowledge of the energy sector in Kosovo, writing policy papers for UNDP on topics such as: a historical perspective of electricity in Kosovo, Kosovar attitudes toward electricity, Kosovo-C debate, the role of education and human capital in energy, and Kosovo’s energy resource potential.
Ms. Gashi gained full access to all research resources at RIT and also was in direct contact with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Gashi, in collaboration with NYSERDA staff, produced a comparative report on carbon trading programs in the United States and Europe. Ms. Gashi also presented her findings at the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference in Chicago, IL.
Conducted an energy audit of the the American University in Kosovo academic building to increase energy efficiency awareness among the American University in Kosovo student body and staff.