Croatia: Investments in renewables and energy efficiency must get support

, SEE Energy News

According to the report on Croatia’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), the country could support investments in renewables through a stable legislative framework, including a functioning and competitive electricity market. At the same time, measures to support investments in energy efficiency should include renovation of public buildings with focus on schools, hospitals and social housing, while targeting households at risk of energy poverty.

The European Commission (EC) said that Croatia has to consider providing measures for supporting investments in renewable energy, sustainable transport and energy efficiency.

The EC also said in its report that it considers Croatia’s target to contribute 36.4 % to the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target in gross final energy consumption as sufficiently ambitious, as it is above the EU’s common target of 32 %.

In June 2019, the EC issued nine recommendations to Croatia on its draft NECP for 2021-2030 period, however, most of these recommendations have been only partially addressed in the final NECP.

On renewable energy, Croatia failed to address the recommendations to include more detailed and quantified policies and measures and increase the level of ambitions in the heating and cooling and transport sectors. On energy efficiency, it did not address the recommendation to increase its ambition towards reducing both final and primary energy consumption via policies and measures that would deliver additional energy savings by 2030.