Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Croatia (EE project)

Project description

 Gašpar Energetić (main character in the project awareness campaign)

The project "Removing barriers to energy efficiency in Croatia" – EE project started in 2005. The project was the result of an initiative of Ministry of Economy that asked assistance from UNDP to get a GEF grant and after several years long process of project preparation UNDP was delegated as implementing agent and a team of local experts started the project implementation. The overall project goal was promotion of new technologies and improvements of energy efficiency, and specific goal was implement systematic energy management within the buildings of Croatian public sector, in order to reduce unnecessary consumption of energy and water and to encourage the use of energy efficient products and systems. The project evolved in two national components: the "Systematic Energy Management in Cities and Counties in Croatia" (SEM Project) for the local and regional level; and the Croatian Government Programme "House in Order" (HiO Programme) for the central government. 


Crucial for implementation of EE project was development of the methodology of Systematic Energy Management that includes local level capacity building through establishment and education of Energy Efficiency (EE) teams, the establishment of the Register of buildings as well as introduction of regular energy and water consumption monitoring and continuous data analysis by using the national Energy Management Information System (EMIS).

By the end EE project in 2013 the following main results have been achieved:

  • All of the 147 city mayors and county prefects have signed the „Energy Charter" through which they declaratively expressed their commitment to implement the EE measures and to promote RES.
  • 85 cities, 16 counties and all of the ministries including 125 institutions within the ministries as well as 15 other governmental institutions have established EE teams.
  • More than 1200 energy audits have been implemented. The result of these activities is the implementation of more than 260 different investment-projects with a total investment value of more than 200 million HRK.
  • More than 29.000 people have received education and training through various workshops covering different aspects of energy efficiency and energy management (e.g. energy management in general, establishment of the building register, utilization of EMIS, Energy advisors course, etc.)
  • The analysis performed on more than 1,500 public sector buildings has shown that cumulative expected savings on all buildings that were included in EE project for 2011, 2012 and 2013 amount to almost 150 million HRK!
  • Almost 8,500 public buildings are included in Energy Management System (EMIS); this is more than 85% of all of the buildings used by public sector in Croatia, and more than 1490 active accounts are in the system
  • EMIS contains 1.1 million energy and water invoices and 4.6 million direct meter readings out of which majority is from 46 installed energy consumption remote reading systems that cover more than 330 metering points
  • Croatian national institutions and established EE teams on local and regional level continue to implement the EE project activities

 An important activity of the EE project targeted citizens, which is evident from media campaigns, multi-media publications, brochures, various lectures and the network of Info-points for energy efficiency.

These project activities both inform and educate; clarifying the basic concepts of energy efficiency, educating on the ways and the products to save energy, as well as getting the information directly from energy advisors on telephone info-line (free-of-charge) or by 128 EE Info-points (EE Info Offices, EE Info Galleries, EE Info Displays, EE Info Corners and EE Info Centers) in 52 cities and 12 counties.

Implementation of Info-edu activities significantly contributed to the initiation, development and transformation EE products market in Croatia and evident change of behaviour.

Sources of funding

The largest share of the total EE project funding was secured from national sources especially from EPEEF. In addition to the funds secured by UNDP, GEF and EPEEF, additional smaller contributions were gathered through cooperation with other national and international institutions that joined the EE project implementation and participated in co-financing in order to extend the activities that were implemented. The smaller contributions have been received from:

  • Croatian Ministries: Ministry of Economy (MoE), Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning (MoC)
  • Croatian Cities, Counties and institutions: City of Zagreb, City of Velika Gorica, City of Daruvar, City of Gospić, Istria County, Sisak-Moslavina County, Bjelovar- Bilogora County, Šibenik-Knin County, Varaždin County, Koprivnica-Križevac County, Zadar County, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
  • International organizations: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); The Italian Institute for Foreign Trade – ICE; Italian engineering, architectural and technical-economic consulting organizations (OICE);
  • Number of smaller donations from private sector


Donors Amount

GEF $4.390.000
UNDP $765.000
EPEEF $15.827.500
MoE $457.232
MoC $22.321
International organizations (GIZ,UNESCO,OICE, ICE) $101.000
Private sector (Croatia) $195.000
Cities and Counties (Croatia) $222.393
Total $21.659.018