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) aims at removing barriers for the implementation of economically feasible, energy efficient technologies and measures in residential and public sectors in Croatia while implementing the principles of systematic energy management in the public sector. It has developed 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. At the same time, a comprehensive national media campaign has a goal to raise public awareness about energy efficiency and includes various informational and educational activities such as the project’s webpage, Facebook profile, toll free EE phone and a network of Energy efficiency info points, where it’s possible to get advisory services from educated energy advisors.


The methodology for systematic energy management that was developed in scope of the EE Project includes the formation and education of EE teams (Capacity Building), the establishment of the Register of all public buildings and conducting energy audits, as well as regular monitoring of consumption and data analysis by using the national Energy management information system (EMIS). Currently, 85 cities, 16 counties and all of the ministries have their own EE team comprised of employees who monitor and plan energy consumption, and are also involved in developing various EE projects and even consulting citizens. The building register includes a list of buildings owned or used by cities, counties and the Government of Republic of Croatia and contains all the crucial information on the building and the energy-generating products used within. An upgrade to this list is the innovative Energy management information system that helps monitor, analyze and compare data regarding consumption. It is, in fact, a web-based application that allows users to enter data on energy consumption for the building for which they are responsible. The system has been implemented in 90 cities, 17 counties, 18 ministries and various other state administration bodies, and has developed into a national database for energy consumption in buildings of the public sector. So far, more than 85% of the public administration energy consumption centers (ECC) have been registered in the system, more than 1,400 accounts have been activated and more than a million energy and water bills have been entered into the system. Within the project's educational activities, more that 15.000 people were educated on energy management and the efficient use of energy. All of these efforts resulted in significant savings due to more rational energy use, the use of energy efficient products and systems and regular monitoring of energy use, which enables quick reactions in cases of unnecessary energy or water consumption. These savings not only ensure rational spending of government’s funds but also reduce Croatia’s carbon footprint by reducing CO2 emissions for thousands of tons. For example, only within the HIO programme the no-cost and investment measures for energy efficiency in buildings resulted in 38.1 million HRK in cumulative savings and the carbon footprint of 3782 buildings included in the building registry that are owned or used by the Republic of Croatia has been reduced by 7400 tons per year.

An important facet of the project is its focus on 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 123 EE Info-points (EE Info Offices, EE Info Galleries, EE Info Displays, EE Info Corners and EE Info Centers) in 50 cities and 12 counties.


Donors Amount
Global Environment Facility $4,390,000
Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Croatia $16,400,000
Ministry of the Economy of the Republic of Croatia $514,000
Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning of the Republic of Croatia $21,000
German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ) $28,00
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO $27,000
The Italian Institute for Foreign Trade - ICE $23,000
Italian engineering, architectural and technical-economic consulting organizations (OICE) $23,000
Private sector $195,000
City of Zagreb $150,000
Cities and Counties $97,000
UNDP Internal $765,000


Year Delivery
2011 $4,048,533


Project duration
July 2005- October 2013
Geographic coverage
Focus area
Energy and Environment
Project officer
Goran Čačić (
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Croatia), Ministry of the Economy, Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Visti the project website
Energy efficiency (available in Croatian)