Project partners from Croatia

More information about the Croatian INTESE partners


REC Croatia

REC Country office Croatia

The REC Country Office Croatia (REC Croatia), founded in 1993 as the non-profit organisation, actively participates in regional projects that originate from and are set up by the REC Headquarters, and also works by implementing environmental projects on local and national level. The main activities of REC Croatia include institutional and capacity building especially related to EU Accession process in sectors of waste, water and wastewater, energy efficiency and cleaner production in industry, energy efficient municipal housing planning, strategic environmental assessment, etc. 

REC Croatia promotes energy efficiency through capacity building projects and programs involving experts in the field, local authorities, public and private companies, and promoting the principles of energy efficiency to general public. In 2004-2005, REC Croatia supported small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in their exploitation of energy saving opportunities, through interactive training and implementing energy audits in selected companies. Also, in cooperation with ENSI - Energy Saving International, Norway, REC Croatia implemented successful 3-year Program on Business Planning for Energy Efficiency Projects in Croatia. The project portfolio consisted of measures such as fuel change, efficient lightning system in towns, modernisation of energy supply, use of the renewable energy sources, cogeneration, and involved both public and private sector.

Croatia is involved in INTENSE project as the only EU candidate country, and national activities are implemented by REC Croatia as the coordinator, and the towns of Koprivnica and Samobor, as sample municipalities. REC Croatia is also the Lead Partner for activities related to energy efficient housing estate planning.


Koprivnica, Croatia

Town of Koprivnica (Croatia)

The Town of Koprivnica is a local self-government declared by the Law on Local and Regional Government of Republic of Croatia. It is an economic, financial and cultural centre of the Koprivnica-Križevci County. It has around 31.000 inhabitants and is situated 90 km north of Zagreb - the capital of Croatia. The Town of Koprivnica is currently involved in the implementation of the Local Agenda 21. It has been very active in the promotion and implementation of sustainable development projects, particularly in the area of mobility and sustainable urban transport. Major recent projects include the construction of the mechanical-biological waste treatment plant for the town and remediation of a municipal landfill with an aim of reconstructing it into the regional centre for waste management. The staff of the Town administration has the following experience in the field of energy management: systematic reduction of electricity consumption in public lighting facilities in Koprivnica; participation in the national program on “Removing the barriers for energy efficiency in Croatia” through energy efficiency office and info-centre of energy efficiency for citizens; municipal mobility programs “Town on the Move” and “Streets for People” with seven years of experience in urban mobility measures. With regard to construction and financing Town of Koprivnica has been the first local self-government in Croatia to build a school according to the financing and construction model of PPP (Private Public Partnership). The role of the town of Koprivnica together with the city of Samobor (P27) is to be the sample municipalities in Croatia and to perform the tasks in co-operation with the coordination partner for Croatia - the REC country office.


Samobor, Croatia

Town of Samobor (Croatia)

The Town of Samobor is a local self-government declared by the Law of Local and Regional Government of Republic of Croatia. It is a big town which acts as an economic, financial and cultural centre. It is situated 20 km northwest of the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, and has a population of 43.000 people.

The Town of Samobor has under its jurisdiction urban development and management of settlements, including implementation of energy saving measures. The aim of these measures is to implement new energy efficient ways of building construction, raise public awareness about rational energy usage, save and efficiently use energy sources and conserve the environment.

Since today, the Town has invested in the following projects:

  • introduction of more efficient public lightning system
  • gasification - fuel change and boiler-house reconstruction
  • heat insulation of public buildings (improvements in windows, facades, etc.)

The projects are implemented with financial support of Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (EPEEF), HEP-ESCO and Town budget.

Through energy efficiency activities, Town Samobor aims to influence the investors behaviour towards more energy efficient projects, and to provide in the future financial incentives for such investments.

Financial Department of Samobor municipality is in charge of the implementation of the intelligent energy saving measures. It is the role of the partner to be together with the Town of Koprivnica (P26) the sample municipality in Croatia and to perform the tasks in co-operation with the coordination partner for Croatia - the local REC country office.