Regionalna Energetska Agencija Sjeverozapadne Hrvatske (REGEA)

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

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.

Energy Transition in Croatia now has its first radio show!


Hosted by Dr Julije Domac on Business FM, 50 Shades of Green will promote the new way of thinking about energy and it will promote solutions, not problems.

Smart cities, smart islands and investment platforms


The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia and the European Investment Bank organized the Smart Cities & Islands Investment Platform Conference in the City of Hvar. The full-day conference on smart investment took place on 17 June.

Recording of the Webinar: Financing Building Renovation


This webinar co-organised by FEDARENE & ManagEnergy Teams target targets potential applicants to the open call for proposals “Project Development Agency” and “Integrated home renovation services“ under the Horizon 2020 programme.

Best Practices

Green energy for green Croatian regions


Today, Karlovac County are an unquestioned leader in biomass utilisation with impressive results, international references, reputation and ambitious plan

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.

Publications

EU Climate Long-term Strategy 2050 – Contribution from the European Covenant of Mayors Board


City leaders are forward thinking. Decisions that we are making now will lock our cities and regions into technology pathways and societal choices that will influence our lives in 2050 society and far beyond. Many cities and regions in Europe have prepared and are already delivering their 2050 climate and energy strategies

Open letter to European Energy Ministers to revise the Energy Union Governance Regulation


The Members of the Political Board of the European Covenant of Mayors call upon Member States, in the ongoing trilogue on the Energy Union Governance regulation, to include the needs of local and regional governments.

Streetlight-EPC – Triggering the market uptake of EPC through street lighting refurbishment


Despite the great potential, most European regions have not yet seen a significant development of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) markets. Due to its lower technical and economic complexity, street lighting is a good “learning and testing ground” for EPC.

EESI 2020 Final Report published


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

Events

SAVE THE DATE – Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum


The fourth Clean energy for EU islands forum takes place in Croatia and will start with a political event and then continue with interactive workshops and a technology fair.

Innovative financing schemes for energy efficient public buildings


Using innovative financing schemes for upgrading the energy efficiency of public buildings can be one key activity to fulfill the goals of the European Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive on a municipal level.

Webinar: Financing Building Renovation


Many project promoters – public authorities, individuals or businesses – lack the skills and capacity to set up, implement and finance ambitious low-energy and clean energy building projects. This is why ….

Master Class Module 2: Application Now open


We are please to announce that the Module 2 of our ManagEnergy Master Classes is now open for application.