Press Release Heavy industry commits to environmental protection Prishtina, May 7, 2013 - Committee of Heavy Industry, a joint body of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo and Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Network of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have organized a roundtable to discuss the role and responsibility to the environment, focusing on heavy industry in Kosovo. During the roundtable, the participants discussed about the necessary measures which companies of this sector should undertake in order to meet appropriate environmental standards. Deputy Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Shpetim Rudi, said that the aim of the Ministry of Environment is to protect the economic development of businesses from environmental damages that can be caused from their own activities, providing a high level of environmental protection, without compromising the competitive ability of the business. The Head of Policy Department in AmCham, Visar Hapciu talked about the opportunities and experiences learned from the investments of international companies in the protection of environment, emphasizing that the investments of companies of the heavy industry sector in environmental protection, through the use of alternative materials, help in making the energy generation process less harmful, but, at the same time, they reduce the necessary amount of energy for production. Agron Bekteshi, Director of the Regional Environmental Center, talked about the challenges and role of the environmental civil society in Kosovo, as well as the areas which should be improved in order to strengthen the impact of civil society in environmental governance. On the other hand, the representative of Committee of Heavy Industry, Ylber Burgija, emphasized that environment and health protection is one of the main responsibilities of a society considering that the society consists of various factors, such as: civil, public, private factors etc, therefore, the mutual cooperation between these factors is a precondition and a necessity for cultivating a healthy environment for all of us. Leke Musa, CSR Kosovo Board Member, said that the environment protection is one of the pillars and main objectives of Kosovo CSR Network and member companies of this Network remain committed to achieve these goals. The investments that were made recently by Kosovar Enterprises of Heavy Industry were considered as positive by participants. The following companies as: Kosovo Energy Corporation, Ferronikel, and Sharrcem, invested with installation of cleaner technology, in order to reduce negative impacts on the environment.