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When motherhood overcomes career and money

Currently I work as tariff expert in electricity distribution and supply companies. It is an interesting job, well-paid and highly appreciative. This is one of the working place I would work forever.

As most of you already know, I’m pregnant and expect to give birth by the end of March (although my due date is beginning of April). I don’t know if you remember, but with my first child I didn’t have the chance to enjoy my maternity leave as I did change my job and had no vacancies whatsoever, so I went to work after 5 weeks I have birth to my daughter – leaving her with her grandma (my mother in law) for total of 8 working hours (plus additional 1 hour of traffic to get back home). As a result she became a very crying baby and I a very tired and kind of depressed mother. Thankfully those days are over and I did promise to myself that never in my life I would chose my carrier and/or money over my children.

Job or Baby

Today I’m 32 weeks and 5 days pregnant and just got an information that my manager will leave for another company and as a result I might need to replace him. My world turned upside-down. Am I in position to refuse the job? – No  – and you know why because there’s no one else who can replace him. Our work is very specific and no one can replace him – unless we open a call and hire someone from other companies engaged in electricity sector (which I doubt my director will be willing to do – when he has already someone from inside). Am I happy for this news? – NOT AT ALL. I was there once I know how it feels and no I don’t wanna go back there. I don’t want a career perspective, nor a higher salary. All I want for the moment is to be with my baby as long as the law allows me (6 months in Kosovo, with the possibility of extension of another 6 months). I believe that maternity leave will allow me firstly to overcome the birth experience and get well properly, secondly it will allow me to connect properly with my child – which might result for the baby to be more calm, and last but not least if me and my baby will be Ok I’ll have enough time for my daughter and as such she won’t feel bad for another sibling, respectively for sharing her with her brother.

The only positive thing right now is that our general director still doesn’t know the decision of my manager and he is not planning to tell him, until he signs the new contract, so that might give me enough time to start my maternity leave on time, and hopefully until I get back no one will call me and disturb me. But if you ask me how hopeful I am of this scenario.. I really don’t even wanna think about it!

Waste to Energy: “Waste today – benefit tomorrow “

Since the post-war period, Kosovo citizens have paid relatively low electricity prices. In 2011, the average electricity price in Kosovo, without tax, according to the Energy Regulatory Office was 0.0578 €/KWh. With the privatization of the energy sector in Kosovo, prices are expected to rise. In Kosovo, households account for around 60% of energy consumption and knowing that unemployment is over 40% any increase in electricity price is highly unwelcomed. Kosovo currently uses coal for producing electricity, which doesn’t fill the demand hence Kosovo import electricity over 600 mWh per year with 70 €/MGwH to cover the basic need of the country, without taking into consideration the negative impact in citizens life and environmental damages.

And yet, this is not the only problem citizens face. Kosovo is over-loaded with waste. There are only 7 licensed companies that manage waste in 33 municipalities in Kosovo, covering only 49% of the total population (worst scenarios are in rural areas with only 10% coverage). The total amount of collected waste is around 250,000 ton/year, most of which is disposed in waste disposals. Our country doesn’t have a clear strategy for decreasing landfill waste or more importantly increase recycles rates. We have a considerable number of un-managed hot-spots of waste all around Kosovo, which increase the carbon dioxide, and risks the potential of increased number of diseases. Based on some municipal analysis 35-45% of the waste in Kosovo is organic and recycled, mainly metals (73%) and letter (3%). There are no available statistics regarding the impact of waste in citizen’s health, but with country’s aspiration towards EU one thing is for certain both waste and energy need to be re-considered.

Today a big number of nations use waste to produce energy. Waste-to-energy investments are economically sound investment, as well as provide multiple financial and environmental benefits to the communities that utilize them. The procedures of creating energy from waste (EfW) is by collecting waste (commercial industrial, agricultural, construction, sewage and demolition) and converting it into any type of usable energy, the three main forms being heating, electricity and transport fuels. The only criterion is that the waste fraction is combustible and/or biodegradable.

The purpose of this article is to open a discussion about the role energy from waste might have in managing waste. The Waste management factor in Kosovo is very low, but even if it was higher, Kosovo would never solve its waste issues solely by recycling – there is quite simply too much waste to deal with and too many waste streams that do not benefit from recycling.

We have a growing mass of waste which needs dealing with. It is, therefore, a clear connection for most people to see the energy production and waste disposal can help solve both problems. Let’s not waste any more time, energy, and opportunities. The time for Energy-from-Waste is now!