Energy efficiency in the building sector
Energy renovation of public buildings
Pursuant to Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency, as of 1 January 2014 EU Member States are obliged to renovate each year 3% of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by their central governments. The goals is to stimulate the renovation of energy inefficient publicly-owned construction works
in order to reduce the costs of their maintenance, and also set the example for the citizens that energy renovation will result not only in energy and financial savings, but also in better quality use of and stay in these spaces.
According to the data in the National Information System for Energy Management (ISGE), in 2010 in the Republic of Croatia had recorded in total 13.8 million meters square of useful surface area of buildings in the public sector. Of this figure, the heated useful area amounts to 43.9%. Consequently, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted in 2013 the Programme of energy renovation of buildings in the public sector for the period 2014 – 2015, envisaging by the end of 2015 the renovation of around 200 public buildings with the total surface area of approx. 420 thousand m2. The estimated value of investment is 400 million kuna, and it is based primarily on the renovation of the buildings built before 1987, with an average energy consumption for heating in the range 220-250 kWh/m2. With the implementation of energy efficiency measures, i.e. energy renovation, it is planned to reduce energy consumption in the public sector buildings from 30 to 60%, i.e. to 150 kWh/m2 per year, and to reduce the emissions of CO2 by approx. 20.500 tonnes/year.
In 2017, the Call 'Energy renovation of buildings and use of renewable energy sources in the public sector buildings' was launched, under which 380 million kuna has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund for the renovation of the public sector buildings, and in the case the funds are used up, there is the possibility of increasing the allocation. The lowest amount of the grant to be awarded for the financing of eligible costs of the project is 80.000,00 kuna, and the highest is 40.000.000,00 kuna. The grant will be awarded in an open public call for the award of grant funding in the modality of a permanent Call for Proposals. Project proposals can be submitted at the earliest from 15 January 2018, while the closing deadline for project proposals is 31 December 2020, i.e. until the available funding is used up.
The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as Managing Authority responsible for the implementation of the Operational Programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion for the period 2014 – 2020” has concluded with the Fund the Agreement on professional assistance in the preparation of projects within the framework of the specific goal 4c1 “Reduction of energy consumption in the public-sector buildings”. Consequently, in this call the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund – the Energy Efficiency Sector will have the role of professional assistance to the applicants who wish to apply their projects to this public call, meaning providing assistance to the
applicants in eliminating errors and potential omissions from the documentation, in examining technical documentation, and they will carry out the final examination of the project based on which they will issue the Statement that the project proposal is complete.
We hereby invite the applicants interested in cooperation with the Fund – Energy Efficiency Sector (EPEEF/EES) to contact us at [email protected] and provide the name of the applicant, title of the project proposal, and the project proposal itself containing all the documentation defined in point 3.1 of the Guidelines for the Applicants, and fully completed, signed and stamped Forms 1 – 5.
You can read more about the role of the Fund here, and about the programme itself as well as the informative workshops for the applicants on the website of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning.