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27.02.2019. To mark the completion of the energy renovation works, Director of the Fund, Dubravko Ponoš, visited Primary School prof. Franjo Viktor Šignjara in Virije. The investment is worth HRK 4.9 million, of which HRK 2.8 million was secured from the European Regional Development Fund.
14.02.2019. At its session today, the Government of the Republic of Croatia approved the decision of the Management Board of the EPEEF for concluding the grant agreement for a little over HRK 315 million from EU funds for co-financing the purchase of containers for separate collection of municipal waste. EU resources will provide 85% of the required funding, while the remaining 15 %will be financed by the units of local self-government.
13.02.2019. The Fund as Intermediate Body level 2 organised consultations for the representatives of the units of local self-government that were granted EU funding for the projects concerning educational and information activities dealing with sustainable waste management, and for the projects of construction of recycling yards.
11.02.2019. Director of the Fund, Dubravko Ponoš, held a working meeting in Sunja with head of the Municipality Grga Dragičević and his deputy Robert Grabundžija. The agenda included the setting up of the waste management system and stimulating energy efficiency in the building sector.
05.02.2019. Minister of Environment and Energy Tomislav Ćorić, Director of the Fund Dubravko Ponoš and the mayor of Đakovo Marin Mandarić signed the Agreement on co-financing the construction of the recycling yard Vitika. The investment is worth 3.7 million kuna, with 85%, i.e. around HRK 3 million, being secured from the European Cohesion Fund.
01.02.2019. As a partner of the Ministry, in cooperation aimed at decarbonisation of buildings until 2050, the Fund participated in the 2nd Open Partner Dialogue entitled “Energy Poverty”. The topic of the event was defining the criteria to establish energy poverty. The aim of the 2nd Open Partner Dialogue was to define the energy poverty criteria that should be incorporated in the public calls for energy renovation of residential buildings, primarily of family houses, which the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning plans to invite during 2019. The purpose of the criteria is to provide for the maximum percentage of grant funding for energy renovation of homes of energy-poor citizens. In his welcome speech, State Secretary Željko Uhlir pointed out that the practice so far has shown the need for stronger inter-line communication and cooperation of the state administration bodies and the real sector. As an introduction to the dialogue, Slavica Robić from the Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) explained what exactly energy poverty was. This is the situation where individuals or entire households are not able to appropriately heat their homes or use other energy services at an affordable price. Research has shown that in 2012 as many as 54 million of EU citizens were not able to keep their homes sufficiently warm (10.8 % of European population). Particularly affected by energy poverty are Central-East and South Europe, meaning the area which includes the Republic of Croatia. So far, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund has co-financed with HRK 4.8 million the projects carried out by UNDP and DOOR experts, who tackled the topics of energy poverty. In accordance with the 4th National Energy Efficiency Plan, the Fund has a role in financing the activities under the Programme for combating energy poverty that will define a list of available measures and the rates of co-financing individual measures. “Until 2020 more than 28 million kunas were planned for the implementation of the projects that should facilitate the programme implementation of objectives”, announced Irena Dubravec, head of Department at the Fund. The open partner dialog and the “Charter on cooperation aimed at decarbonisation of buildings by 2050” was initiated by the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning. Open partner dialogues gather the representatives of the state and local government, academic communities, and professionals, the construction and the energy sector, and related industries in theme workshops organised by the Ministry. The goal is to create a wide network of connected experts who are willing to participate in the dialogue and contribute to decarbonisation of the building stock until 2050. The Charter deals with achieving energy and climate objectives at national and EU level through decarbonisation of the building stock, renovation of buildings and construction of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB), and establishes the importance of further reduction of GHG emissions, increasing the share of RES, improving energy security, and introducing innovations and smart technologies allowing the buildings to contribute to the overall decarbonisation of the economy. The signing of the Charter promotes continuous cooperation in the preparation of the long-term Strategy for the renovation of the national building stock and transition to the nZEB construction standard.
26.01.2019. Various educational activities related to waste management were presented today on the Open Day manifestation at the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, as part of the campaign “For an Even More Enchanting Croatia!”. The campaign is implemented by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Energy for the purpose of educating the citizens and raising public awareness, especially of the children, about the importance of waste prevention and its proper separation.
25.01.2019. Today, EU funding Grant Agreement worth HRK 322.5 million was signed for the construction of the Waste Management Centre Lećevica in Split-Dalmatia County, accounting for 71% of the overall eligible value of the project.
09.01.2019. Minister Tomislav Ćorić signs the Decision under which 315 million kuna are granted to the Fund for the procurement of containers for separate collection of waste. The grant funding under OPCC 2014 – 2020 will be used to purchase 1 230 695 containers for 407 units of local self-government in an integrated procurement procedure that will be conducted by the Fund.
20.12.2018. The project entitled “Preparation of the Draft National Forestry Accounting Plan, including the proposed Forest Reference Level in the period 2021 – 2025” was presented today at the Croatian Chamber of Economy. The project that was presented today is the fourth in a series of projects related to the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector (LULUCF sector) whose implementation is co-financed from the Fund’s resources.
10.12.2018. The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund secured 20 out of the total of 51 million kunas for the works on energy renovation of the hospital in Šibenik. Director of the Fund Dubravko Ponoš pointed out that the hospital was renovated according to the ESCO model under which the Fund participated with 40 percent, while 60 percent was provided by the private partner, in this case the company Rudan.
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