Energy and Climate Change

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia
Programme ID:
HR-ENERGY
Programme Donors
NVE
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€17,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€17,000,000
Programme areas:

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Less carbon intensive energy and increased security of supply

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Directorate for European Territorial Cooperation within the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia. The Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar shall act as Programme Partner and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) shall act as Donor Programme Partner.

Certain tasks of the Programme Operator may be carried out by the Programme Partner, however this does not in any way reduce or restrict the responsibility of the Programme Operator. 

The programme objective, "Less carbon intensive energy and increased security of supply" will be achieved through two outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: "Improved energy efficiency"

The outcome shall be supported through one pre-defined project with Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar as the Project Promoter and the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb as the Project Partner.

Addressing poor energy performance of public buildings is at the core of Croatian energy strategies and action plans. The newly implemented building standard – nearly zero energy building (nZEB) is adopted, however the real implementation is still lagging behind. One of the growing issues in Croatia today is how to efficiently transfer the respective regulations and recently developed methodologies regarding nZEB standards to all the key stakeholders. This project will therefore support the key stakeholders to realize all the benefits of nZEB standard.

  • Outcome 2: "Increased renewable energy production"

The outcome shall be supported through four open calls and two small grant schemes. 

Open call #1: Energy production from the sea. The call shall support projects and pre-investment studies aiming to increase the installed capacity of energy from the sea, such as seawater heat pump systems. Applicants may apply for funding for investments, including full-scale, demonstration and pilot projects. Applicants can also apply for funding for studies and other technical documentation such as concept, pre-feasibility, feasibility and front-end engineering and design (FEED) required to mature projects necessary to prepare a potential future investment decision. 

Open call #2: Increased solar energy production capacity. The call shall support projects which increase the installed capacity of solar energy. The solar energy production installed must be connected to the power grid. Applicants may also apply for funding for storage capacity in addition to energy production if the added value from installing storage capacity is clearly justified and quantified in the application.

Open call #3: Increased geothermal energy production capacity. The call shall support projects which increase the installed capacity of geothermal energy. Applicants may apply for funding for investments, including full-scale, demonstration and pilot projects.

The applications may include one or more of the below activities such as:

  1. Production and injection wells in areas with documented geothermal potential;
  2. Construction and/or extension of a geothermal heating plant;
  3. Construction of infrastructure connection(s) to integrate geothermal heat into an existing district heating system;
  4. Technological and infrastructure changes to existing district heating systems in order to integrate geothermal energy source(s);
  5. Educational/training activities

Open call #4: Technical documentation for geothermal energy. Applicants may apply for funding for studies and technical documentation such as concept, pre-feasibility, feasibility and front-end engineering and design (FEED) required to mature projects necessary to prepare a potential future investment decision. 

Small grant scheme #1: Shallow geothermal energy database. The aim of the call is to increase knowledge about shallow geothermal potential in Croatia in order to facilitate a larger uptake of geothermal energy. The call shall support the establishment of a public database for shallow geothermal resources in Croatia.

Small grant scheme #2: Deep geothermal energy database. The aim of the call is to increase knowledge about deep geothermal potential in Croatia in order to facilitate a larger uptake of geothermal energy. The call shall support the establishment of a public database for deep geothermal resources in Croatia.

Programme Concerns

Measures providing added value to efforts on climate change adaptation and mitigation shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Special concern shall be given to assessment of needs for policy guidance and regulatory support in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The possibility of implementing a small pilot project with the aim to test policy guidance documents in the cultural heritage sector shall be explored when developing the concept note.

Special concern shall be given to energy efficiency measures and support for renewable energy, including geothermal energy and hydropower, which shall be assessed when developing the concept note.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 100,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.