Practical training on SEAP development and implementation
Representatives of municipalities, regional authorities and energy agencies from three adjacent regions in Croatia: Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Istria and Lika-Senj
The aim of this workshop was to trigger synergies between these different actors in the context of Croatia's accession to the EU in 2013 when the country will become legally committed to the European “3x20” targets. The need for encouraging local authorities to voluntarily commit to the Covenant of Mayors is therefore very strong.
The workshop had a specific focus on EU legislation in the field of energy efficiency, renewables and CO2 emissions to which local authorities in Croatia will soon need to comply. Part of the workshop also focused on the new EU funding opportunities and programmes for which Croat municipalities will become eligible as well as other innovative financing schemes (intracting, energy performance contracting, etc).
The workshop started with a focus point on the ManagEnergy initiative and the Covenant of Mayors, highlighting the existence of the Croatian Covenant of Mayors Club as an ideal national platform for exchange among local authorities within the country. More information to be found here.
Testimonies on the SEAP and the financing of specific actions from the City of Warsaw (PL) and 5 experienced Croat cities (Zagreb, Rijeka, Ivanic-Grad, Buzet and Sisak) were highlighted.
In order to allow more time for direct exchange on the lessons learned and recommendations on the SEAP and BEI, two working groups were organized, each of them being moderated by a Croatian energy agency and an experienced city: North West Croatia Regional Energy Agency and the City of Ivanic-Grad, respectively REA Kvarner Energy Agency and the City of Opatija.
The second half of the workshop focused on the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). The different ESCO models and types of EPC possible in Croatia as well as the guaranteed saving and related risks for the clients were explained to the participants. ESCO experts from Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia explained the legal, financial, economic and administrative frameworks in their respective countries, as well as the market conditions, opportunities, but also the barriers faced.
The workshop ended with best practices showcasing the experience with the EPC of local authorities in the three countries: Kranj and Gorenje in Slovenia; Holíč and Žilina in Slovakia; Pula and Rijeka in Croatia.
Organised by: Energy Cities
Event website: http://www.managenerg...
Name: Kinga Kovacs