Energy efficiency in the buildings sector

Energy efficiency is among the European Union's strategic priorities. Efforts are made to achieve reductions in C02 emissions and an energy efficiency increase through European legislation, intersectoral cooperation, interlinkage of international, national and regional stakeholders, through EU projects, and by fostering research in the field of energy.

In Croatia, as well as in the entire European Union, almost 50% of final energy consumption is used for heating and cooling, out of which 80% in buildings. It is in different ways that Europe is striving to reduce emissions of harmful gasses and to slow down climate changes, and to achieve this the energy sector is of essential importance.

The energy efficiency policy in the buildings sector is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning; in addition to energy savings, by the implementation of this policy we contribute to economic growth, especially in the buildings sector and its supporting industries. The implementation of energy renovation programmes, and especially the renovation of residential buildings, implies a reduction in CO2 emissions, job creation, increase in energy supply security, increase in the property’s market value as well as improvement of the housing conditions.

The Republic of Croatia, as a European Union member state, has integrated EU goals into its legislation, it is an active participant in international projects and organisations dealing with the energy efficiency topic, and it has carried out, through several energy renovation programmes and making use of national and European financing sources, successful renovations of buildings.

Also, find out the main institutions responsible for energy policy in Croatia