Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency (EE) = reducing the amount of energy used to perform equal work
Energy efficiency is the most effective way to achieve sustainable development goals, having regard to the fact that greater efficiency contributes to reducing emissions of noxious gases into the environment, higher industrial competitiveness, and opening of new jobs and enhancing security of energy supply. This is precisely why energy efficiency is at the heart of the integrated European Union (EU) energy policy. In 2007, EU leaders defined the goal of reducing the annual energy consumption in the Union by 20% until 2020, while in 2018 under the package “Clean energy for all Europeans” a new target was set for reducing energy consumption by at least 32.5% until 2030.    
The future framework policy for the period after 2030 is currently in discussion.  
In compliance with EU directives, Croatia has adjusted its development strategies to the principles of sustainability, focusing on concrete measures whose implementation will achieve the set goals of increasing energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and decarbonisation of all consumption and energy producing sectors. The Energy Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2030. with an outlook to 2050 envisages a significantly greater share of energy generation from RES, higher energy efficiency, and reducing GHG emissions, as well as the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period 2021 – 2030.  
The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (EPEEF) has a key role in promoting the implementation of energy efficiency measures at national level, and energy management measures at local level. The Fund’s resources are used to finance the projects of energy retrofit and use of RES, as well as various activities promoting low-emissions mobility.
Beneficiaries of the Fund’s resources may be units of local and regional self-government, institutions, companies, civil society organisations and citizens, that can exercise the right to have their projects co-financed by applying to calls for proposals and public calls and submitting the relevant documentation.