10 years of North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency

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The North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) was established in 2008. Since then, the agency has been successful in raising awareness of the clean energy transition. In doing so, the agency itself has become a leader in its field, both in Croatia and across Europe. Set up by Zagreb, Karlovac and Krapina-Zagorje counties and the city of Zagreb under the EU-funded Intelligent Energy Europe programme, REGEA shows what can be achieved if cities and regions work together.

Making old new – retrofitting

REGEA’s team promotes sustainable energy at national, regional and local level through numerous renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as by providing related information and educational resources. REGEA’s actions include upgrading close to a 100 existing public buildings with new technological solutions, known as ‘retrofitting’, and installing whole generation systems that run on renewable energy. REGEA has also funded retrofitting and renewable energy installations in households.

The agency is involved in large-scale projects, such as construction of the national children’s hospital and renewal of Zagreb’s street lighting. In 2016, it launched croenergy.eu, a crowdfunding platform for energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection actions.

European-level activities

Beyond Croatia, REGEA has worked on more than 40 projects, as well as a number of Central European and cross-border programmes. Furthermore, managing director Julije Domac serves as president of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment.

Each year, REGEA is achieving an estimated 17.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) in energy savings – that’s the equivalent of power from roughly 2 billion LED lamps! In addition, greenhouse gas emission reductions of 5 220 tonnes of CO2 have been saved, while also generating 6 GWh of renewable energy. This has made the energy transition a reality in North-West Croatia.