The North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency – REGEA has been established by Zagreb County, Karlovac County, Krapina-Zagorje County and City of Zagreb under the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme.

REGEA main objective and role are promoting and encouraging of regional sustainable development in the fields of energy and environmental protection through renewable energy sources (RES) utilization and energy efficiency measures implementation.

The scope of work includes the following:

  • Promotion and implementation of “best practices” and “case-studies” in regional energy management
  • Promotion and implementation of sustainable development concept
  • Public awareness activities in the fields of energy and environmental protection
  • Up-to-date information and advices regarding regional energy issues
  • Advisory support for the implementation of regional energy plans and programs

Activities

In order to achieve the planned objectives and goals REGEA has initiated a wide range of projects and activities which can broadly be grouped within the following categories:

Energy planning:
The objective of this work is to devise and agree a detailed short, medium and long term energy strategy, together with all stakeholders, identify key indicators and targets and prepare a work programme for the next 3 years. Strategies for sustainable energy utilisation have been developed for three Counties (REGEA founding authorities), namely Krapina-Zagorje County, Zagreb County and Karlovac County. The strategies are focused on increased implementation of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy efficiency measures. For the City of Zagreb, this worked will be linked to the preparation of Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) which has to be submitted to the European Commission following the signature of the Covenant the Mayors.

Sector activities

The main outcome of this group of activities should be the start-up and implementation of numerous demonstration and commercial projects, increase of number of stakeholders related to renewables and energy efficiency, increased involvement and participation of entrepreneurs, SMEs and industry. In cooperation with local authorities and the Fund for Environment Protection and Energy Efficiency, REGEA has initiated a considerable number of projects covering the following sectors:

  • Modernisation of public lighting;
  • Reconstruction of public buildings;
  • Biomass district heating;
  • Biogas utilisation;
  • Utilisation of alternative fuels for transport (biodiesel);
  • Utilisation of solar thermal;
  • Utilisation of heat pumps.

Horizontal activities:

The main objective of this group of activities is the improved understanding and increased support for renewable energy and energy efficiency within municipalities, including well trained staff from different target groups (teachers, plumbers, technology producers). Specialised training courses and seminars for different target groups have been organised including the following activities:
Education campaign on sustainable buildings for high schools. The campaign includes lectures on the subject of sustainable buildings, distribution of printed materials, organised study tours and as the final part organisation of a knowledge competition with awards. Two campaigns have been organised up to now and in total 7 high schools have been included with participation of more than 600 school children and their teachers;

  • Education workshops on energy efficiency for representatives of public institutions in Karlovac County. In cooperation with Karlovac County within the framework of the INTERREG project Sustainable energy management in the Karlovac County, a total of 10 workshops with the attendance of 150 people have been organised by the Agency staff;
  • Publication of education brochures on sustainable buildings and efficient public lighting, while a third brochure on biomass district heating is in preparation. Additionally, a comic book for elementary school pupils related to renewable energy sources have been published in cooperation with the City of Ivanic Grad. This publication was distributed to all schools and kindergartens in the area and received by more than 500 children during an organised campaign. Additionally, some 500 copies were already distributed to children all around the area of Agency activities.

News

ManagEnergy Master Class, 2nd session, 7-8-9 May 2018


The second ManagEnergy Master Class gathers 23 senior professionals from Local and Regional Energy Agencies to learn about how to develop sustainable energy projects from concept to implementation.

Sustainable Energy Investments catalysed by EU Structural Funds


The added value of European Union’s financial programmes is made tangible through local and regional initiatives. Local and regional initiatives show the cohesion policy is both a catalyst for investment and a means for beneficiaries to raise their ambitions and take ownership of the European objectives, and specifically the ones of the Energy Union.

ManagEnergy Master Class Testimonies, 19-20-21 February 2018


Senior staff from 24 Local and Regional Energy Agencies attend to the first ManagEnergy Master Class. This Master Class (module 1) was an effective mix of lessons and hands-on exercises based on experiences and knowledge from a range of successful projects e.g., NewLight, Superhomes, 2020 Together, Picardie Pass Renovation, co-financed by the Intelligent Energy Europe and […]

ManagEnergy Master Class, 1st session, 18-19-20 February 2018


The first ManagEnergy Master Class was held today at the Brussels Comic Book Museum, an interesting venue that the ManagEnergy team hopes will inspire our participants.

Best Practices

Zagreb Smart City Strategy


REGEA (North-West Croatia, Croatia)

Crowdfunding platform project for energy efficiency (Croatia)


The idea behind the project is to create a direct way for citizens to invest in infrastructure benefitting their own communities, to establish a regional crowdfunding platform specifically designed for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 2015.

NEWLIGHT: a potential solution for up-scaling investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewables


The project main objective is the modernisation of public lighting systems in 57 Croatian cities and municipalities based in Zagreb County and Krapina-Zagorje County.

Renewable energy grants ensure sunny view


This project aims at encouraging households to install solar energy systems and at creating a sustainable financing model at regional level to support the investments with 40% grants.

Publications

EESI 2020 Final Report published


Discover the final report of the European Energy Service Initiative towards the EU 2020 energy saving targets project.

ManagEnergy Publications [Directory, Newsletters, Best practices]


Here can be found the links to the Directory of European Energy Agencies, the Newsletters and the Good Practice Brochure of the ManagEnergy – Supporting local and regional sustainable energy actions 2002-2015 edition

Events

ManagEnergy: Inspiration & Innovation


This first edition of the ManagEnergy Networking Event aims to give senior staff from local and regional energy agencies all the tips to position their agency as a leader in the energy transition. On the agenda: new services, large scale projects, positioning your energy agency for success.

ManagEnergy Talk


Leading the Energy Transition: local action, large impacts – with Rob Hopkins.

ManagEnergy Master Class – Session 2


The ManagEnergy Master Classes consist of tailor-made 3-day programmes in Brussels, delivered by leading energy experts and targeting senior and management level energy agency staff.

ManagEnergy Master Class – Session 1


The ManagEnergy Master Classes consist of tailor-made 3-day programmes in Brussels, delivered by leading energy experts and targeting senior and management level energy agency staff.