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Renewable energy sources

The definition of renewable energy sources in the Croatian Energy Act reads: “energy resources preserved in nature that can be fully or partially renewed, specifically energy of water streams, wind energy, solar energy, biodiesel, biomass, biogas, geothermal energy, etc.

Renewable energy sources include:

  • Kinetic energy of the wind (wind power)
  • Solar power  
  • Biomass
  • Thermal energy from the Earth’s core and hot springs (geothermal energy)
  • Potential energy of watercourses (hydropower)
  • Potential energy from tides and sea waves
  • Thermal energy of the sea

 
As an EU Member State, the Republic of Croatia committed to transpose the European energy-climate package, which includes Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. By transposing this Directive, Croatia committed to increase the use of energy from renewable sources, where the share of RES in gross final consumption by 2020 should amount to no less than 20% at EU level.
 
The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund co-finances the purchase of RES systems mainly through energy renovation programmes (RES systems represent an eligible cost in the programmes of renovation of family houses, apartment buildings, and non-residential buildings), and through a separate programme intended for households and other beneficiaries. In the period 2014 – 2020, the Fund allocated more than HRK 175 million for the programmes promoting the use of RES.
 
The Energy Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 203 with an outlook to 2050 envisages a significantly greater share of energy from RES, greater energy efficiency, and reduction of GHG emissions. In the period until 2030, it is planned to increase the share of RES relative to consumption to at least 32% with potential to reach 36.4%, while in 2050 this share should reach 65%.  
 
This is also stated in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period 2021 – 2030, envisaging reaching the target of 13.2% share of RES in direct energy consumption in transport.he definition of renewable energy sources in the Croatian Energy Act reads: “energy resources preserved in nature that can be fully or partially renewed, specifically energy of water streams, wind energy, solar energy, biodiesel, biomass, biogas, geothermal energy, etc.
Renewable energy sources include:

  • Kinetic energy of the wind (wind power)
  • Solar power  
  • Biomass
  • Thermal energy from the Earth’s core and hot springs (geothermal energy)
  • Potential energy of watercourses (hydropower)
  • Potential energy from tides and sea waves
  • Thermal energy of the sea

 
As an EU Member State, the Republic of Croatia committed to transpose the European energy-climate package, which includes Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. By transposing this Directive, Croatia committed to increase the use of energy from renewable sources, where the share of RES in gross final consumption by 2020 should amount to no less than 20% at EU level.
 
The Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund co-finances the purchase of RES systems mainly through energy renovation programmes (RES systems represent an eligible cost in the programmes of renovation of family houses, apartment buildings, and non-residential buildings), and through a separate programme intended for households and other beneficiaries. In the period 2014 – 2020, the Fund allocated more than HRK 175 million for the programmes promoting the use of RES.
 
The Energy Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 203 with an outlook to 2050 envisages a significantly greater share of energy from RES, greater energy efficiency, and reduction of GHG emissions. In the period until 2030, it is planned to increase the share of RES relative to consumption to at least 32% with potential to reach 36.4%, while in 2050 this share should reach 65%.  
 
This is also stated in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period 2021 – 2030, envisaging reaching the target of 13.2% share of RES in direct energy consumption in transport.