16 July 2020

Croation National Conference: Local development for a better climate

The goal is to make EU climate neutral by 2050 enabling a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Therefore, every member state, region, city, municipality and person should contribute.

The three-part conference took part during 17th June, 24th June and 1st July and it was organized by Society for sustainable development design (DOOR), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) and North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) in the scope of the three Horizon 2020 projects - Compete4SECAP, PentaHelix and IMPLEMENT.

During the three days, there was overall 88 online participants from all sectors in Croatia dealing with sustainable energy and climate including local and regional authorities, civil society organizations, academia, business, national government, public institutions and other.

Each day covered particular topic, with key speakers following the panel discussion. On the first day panelist from City of Zagreb Office for spatial planning, department for energy and climate, teaching institute of public health Andrija Štampar, and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) presented their view on energy and climate planning. The discussion was how to connect various experts and ideas and develop systematic approach that would result in more effective CO2 reductions and better adaptation measures in urban areas such as city of Zagreb.

In the second part, the focus was on financing. Panelists from Ministry of economy, Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, Green energy cooperative (ZEZ) and DOOR discussed latest EU programs such as Next Generation EU and the latest package "EU Green Deal", but also the emerging interest it citizens energy projects such as “Solar roofs” in the City of Križevci.
One of the key topics discussed in the III. part was planning and implementation of SECAP - Sustainable energy and climate action plans, and climate change adaptation. Ms. Slavica Matešić from the County of Šibenik-Knin showed the example of integrated coastal plan describing the vulnerabilities, risks and potential measures to deal with the climate change consequences such as
sea level rise, heat waves and draughts.

The video recordings of the conference (in Croatian) are available via following links:
I. part: Systematic energy climate management

II. part: Financing of the measures in the next long term EU budget

III. part: Adaptation of local community to climate changes