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Environmental fees

Fees pursuant to the Act on the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund

Charges on polluters of the environment

Special annual charge on greenhouse gas emissions

Persons liable to pay the annual charge on greenhouse gas emissions are legal and natural persons who, as part of their business activity, own or use a single point source of emissions of CO2 for which the greenhouse gas emissions permit was obtained, and which is under the decision issued pursuant to a special regulation governing air protection excluded from the emission allowance trading scheme.

A plant operator may file an application for exclusion from the emission allowance trading scheme to the central state authority responsible for environmental protection if:

  • they emit less than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in the period of 3 preceding consecutive years, in accordance with a verified emissions report,
  • in the case of a combustion plant, its rated input thermal power is below 35 MW,
  • they implement the measures to achieve an equivalent contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by paying the special annual charge on greenhouse gas emissions.

The special annual charge on greenhouse gas emissions is calculated as the difference between verified emissions from the plant in the previous year and the emission corresponding to the quantity of emission allowances allocated to that plant operator under a special regulation governing the free allocation of emission allowances to plants multiplied by the amount of the unit charge.

The decision on the amount of the unit charge, at the proposal of the minister competent for environmental protection, in accordance with the average market price per allowance in the previous year, will be adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia by 31 March of the current year for the previous year.

Measures for achieving an equivalent contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions are laid down in the Regulation on the method of greenhouse gas emission allowance trading (OG 69/12).