Clean energy for all Europeans and national energy and climate plans

The workshop presents the current situation of renewable energy in Croatia and the state of preparation of the national energy and climate plan.

The workshop presents the current situation of renewable energy in Croatia and the preparation state of the national energy and climate plan.

A workshop entitled “Clean Energy for All Europeans and National Energy and Climate Plans: Renewable Energy Perspectives in Croatia” was held today in the Croatian Parliament, organized by the European Forum for Renewable Energy (EUFORES) and in cooperation with the Committee on European Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. EUFORES is a non-profit organization focused on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the European Union.

The workshop was chaired by EUFORES Secretary-General Jan Geiss, and the keynote speech was delivered by the President of the Committee on European Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Ivan Milosevic. One of the panel participants was Mirka Jozic, the head of the City Office for Economy, Energy and Environmental Protection, who gave a presentation entitled “Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (SECAP)”.

“The City of Zagreb, in cooperation with REGEA, developed the first SECAP in the Republic of Croatia, thereby setting ambitious and clear goals for sustainable energy development and climate change adaptation with a time horizon of 2030. Through this document, 23 measures for reducing CO2 emissions from the building sector are proposed: transport, public lighting and centralized heat, and 35 climate change adaptation measures across 10 key areas. “Adopting and implementing this action plan is a key step in the development of the City of Zagreb as a demonstrative example of a smart, sustainable and green European metropolis” said Head of State Jozić.

The program was also attended by Ph.D. Julije Domac, Director of REGEA and President of FEDARENE, highlighted his concern: “It is clear that Croatia’s energy strategy should be clearer and more specific so that our state-owned institutions and energy companies know what to do. The strategy should also serve as an input for planning the next financial envelope from 2021 to 2027 and be low carbon if we do not want to lag behind Europe and the world in the energy transition. Personally, I think the Low Carbon Strategy, which is still somewhere in the Ministry of the Environment and Energy’s drawers, is still the best energy strategy ever made. It is unfortunate that only a few months ago a new Energy Strategy was presented, and the practice has already been denied. Although the document does not suggest investing in a nuclear power plant, the line minister is very relaxed about the possibility of joint construction of such a facility with Slovenian partners. What is the purpose of the energy strategy then? We are now setting high expectations for the new National Energy and Climate Plan, which is under development, and has already been returned to Brussels once again due to insufficiently ambitious goals. Croatian energy policy has so far lacked interaction between the state, counties and cities, although multilevel governance is one of Europe’s key energy priorities. I hope we can do better here in the future, too. “

The workshop presents the current situation of renewable energy in Croatia and the state of preparation of the national energy and climate plan. With the participation of local and international experts, new business models from different sectors were presented. This illustrates how different actors implement solutions overcoming the challenges facing the traditional energy system.

The main task of this workshop is to open a forum for the exchange of views among representatives of Parliament, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the European Commission, the European Parliament, scientists and non-governmental organizations on the potentials that open to Croatia by strengthening the use of renewable energy sources.

Read the original article in Croatian.

 

Dr Julije Domac and Ms Mirka Jozic, head of City of Zagreb Office for Energy, Environment and Economy