Environment & Energy

  • Families in the remote village of Ajderovac in Croatia's mountainous Lika region relied on diesel-powered generators for electricity and used candles for lighting. The area has great natural potential for raising livestock, but lack of electricity, particularly to refrigerate milk and cheese, has badly hampered its economic prospects. That was before UNDP installed a five kilowatt solar energy station at a family farm, with the possibility of extending the energy supply to the whole community of seven families - cut off from the energy grid during war in the 1990s.

  • The Dinaric Alps encompass the southern stretch of Alps from Slovenia through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo to Northern Albania. It is one of the least known and explored mountain ranges in Europe. A newly emerging Via Dinarica initiative is inspired by the Via Alpina Trail that interlinked the countries and communities along the Alps with a developed system of various trails and nature based tourism products.

  • CITIZENERGY is a project that builds on know-how developed within the EU by different organizations and initiatives to implement citizen renewable energy projects – from cooperatives to investment intermediation – and provides them with a European dimension.

  • The overall objective of the project is to bring electricity to households in the remote and rural areas which currently don’t have access to it, by developing a systematic approach to the problem.

  • The most recognized way to save energy bills for households in energy poverty is the application of tips and energy efficiency measures, carried out by young and long-term unemployed persons qualified as energy efficiency advisors.

  • The project aims at accelerating and adding certainty to planning processes of renewable energy by decreasing local community opposition to such projects, the overhead lines connecting them and other necessary grid infrastructure upgrades.

  • The project POst-CArbon CIties of Tomorrow facilitates the transition of EU cities to a forecasted sustainable or “post-carbon” economic model. The project focuses on towns, cities, megacities, metropolitan areas and urban clusters larger than 1 million people as well as small and medium-sized cities.

  • The overall objective of GPP 2020 is to significantly increase the implementation of GPP within the target countries both in the short and long term, through a series of capacity building and major tendering actions.

  • The purpose of the project is to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public purchasing organisations to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Purchasing (GPP). Many lack capacity and knowledge; particularly small and medium sized municipalities.

  • In Croatia there are still inhabited households in rural areas that have no access to electricity. The main objective of this project is to ensure that in the Republic of Croatia every household permanently remote from the power networks has access to electricity from locally produced renewable energy source. A secondary goal is to create the conditions for life and economic development in rural areas that are remote from the electricity network.