Croatia: Low-carbon Development Strategy

, SEE Energy News

Croatia must invest in the transition to low-carbon development and be part of the European Union’s economic momentum and growth through investment in innovation, and the development and implementation of new technologies.Croatian Parliament adopted a Low-carbon Development Strategy until 2030, with a view to 2050.

The core objectives of the Strategy include achieving sustainable development based on a low-carbon economy and resource efficiency. The path taken by the low-carbon strategy will lead to economic growth with lower energy consumption and more use of renewable energy sources. The measures will be implemented by all sectors of the economy, starting with energy, transport, industry, buildings, waste management, agriculture, tourism and services.

There are great challenges in achieving the goals of the more ambitious Low-Carbon Strategy scenario, which envisages an 80 % reduction in emissions by 2050 compared to 1990, but analyzes show that investments and implementation of the Strategy measures will increase all key macroeconomic indicators in Croatia. The Directorate for Climate Activities of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development is working with partners to develop a five-year Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy, which will include measures to achieve greater emission reductions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.

The transition to a low-carbon economy is an opportunity to create new jobs, increase security of energy supply and reduce dependence on imports. It also contributes to improving the quality of life by reducing air pollution.