Environment & Energy

  • PARCS ProjectPARCS ProjectThe Full-Sized UNDP-GEF project Strengthening the Institutional and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System – PARCS project seeks to conserve globally significant marine and terrestrial biological diversity in Croatia, through effective management of the protected area (PA) system.

  • BETTER-Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together Through Renewable EnergiesBETTER-Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together Through Renewable EnergiesIn simple words, the BETTER project is about "how to secure energy supply and how to best use renewable energy sources which are available not only in the EU-countries but in wider neighbourhood of Europe. And how much it would cost, which solution is cheaper and brings more benefits to all countries while securing energy available at all times.

  • Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Croatia (EE project)Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Croatia (EE project)The project's goal is to implement systematic energy management in Croatia's public sector and to inform and educate the public as well as the residential sector on the efficient use of energy.

  • Supporting Croatia's transition to low-emission developmentSupporting Croatia's transition to low-emission developmentLow-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) is a national, high-level, comprehensive, long-term strategy, developed by domestic stakeholders, which aims at decoupling economic growth and social development from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions growth. In other words, LEDS supports sectors transformation through a national, economy-wide approach.

  • CROSKILLS - Energy training for the building sectorCROSKILLS - Energy training for the building sectorThe project aims to develop steps of action needed to upgrade the current knowledge and skills of workers in building and construction sector, to be able to adapt to new standards and requirements aligned with energy efficiency targets.

  • CLIMRUN - Climate Local Information in the Mediterranean Region Responding to User NeedsCLIMRUN - Climate Local Information in the Mediterranean Region Responding to User NeedsThe Mediterranean area is a recognized climate change hot spot, i.e. a region particularly sensitive and vulnerable to global warming. It is due to scientific climate models which are predicting with more than 90% certainty that average temperatures in Mediterranean will raise 4 degrees Celsius, while the severe water stress will be at 30% (from 19% at present). We will be faced with heat waves and droughts much more often and with more severe consequences then now. To be able to cope with severances of changes i.e. to adopt, we need to know more and to understand about the climate change and how it will impact sectors important for our lives.

  • National Biodiversity PlanningNational Biodiversity PlanningThis project is part of the second generation of Biodiversity Enabling Activities (BD EA) under the GEF. It builds on the current status and achievements of Croatia with respect to biodiversity planning and reporting.

  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Dalmatian Coast (COAST)Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Dalmatian Coast (COAST)The Project was developed with support of UNDP, the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection and other competent ministries, four Dalmatian counties, and local organizations, companies and individuals. The aim of the project was to promote and support sustainable development, protecting nature and preserving the natural and cultural heritage of rural Dalmatia.

  • Renewable energy cooperatives projectRenewable energy cooperatives projectThe main goal of RES-coop-Croatia project is to promote renewable energy sources through cooperatives, owned by local community.

  • Solar SunflowersSolar Sunflowers“Solar Sunflowers” is a project for education of primary school students on renewable energy sources. As part of this project, ten primary schools in Croatia have been equipped with solar panels that rotate towards the Sun during the day so that the modules are directed at the Sun at the optimal angle, which increases the efficiency of the system for 30 per cent, which means larger quantities of obtained electric energy.

  • Rural electrificationRural electrificationFamilies 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.

  • Via Dinarica InitiativeVia Dinarica InitiativeThe 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.

  • CITIZENERGYCITIZENERGYCITIZENERGY 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.

  •  Bringing electricity to households in the remote and rural areasBringing electricity to households in the remote and rural areasThe 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.

  •  Energy efficiency advisors for low-income householdsEnergy efficiency advisors for low-income householdsThe 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.

  • Wise Power Wise PowerThe 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.

  • Post-Carbon Cities of TomorrowPost-Carbon Cities of TomorrowThe 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.

  • Promoting green public procurement (GPP) in support of the 2020 goalsPromoting green public procurement (GPP) in support of the 2020 goalsThe 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.

  • Procurement in Municipalities focusing on Energy Efficient Solutions (PRIMES)Procurement in Municipalities focusing on Energy Efficient Solutions (PRIMES)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.

  • Solar energy for households in rural areasSolar energy for households in rural areasIn 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.

Our Work

Croatia’s Green Programme for Energy and the Environment - taking an integrated approach to environmental and socio-economic development 

Our vision of Croatia’s development is to achieve a low-carbon and greener economy by 2050.

Achieving this vision will entail using more energy-efficient solutions in buildings and cities, introducing green criteria in public procurements, deploying more renewable energy sources and adopting the most cost-efficient solutions to ensure energy access and better standards of living for the benefit of local people and communities.