First SMAFIN roundtable in Croatia

Round table on financing energy efficiency measures and deep renovation of public buildings in the Republic of Croatia

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Online event

Zagreb

21st of January 2021

The round table is organised under project SMAFIN (funded by the Horizon 2020 programme) implemented in Croatia by the North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency – REGEA, and with the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings Community (MED EBC).
  • Form

    Introductory plenary session, thematic session, summary session

  • Participants

    a small group of selected representatives including key Croatian stakeholders, representatives of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Agency for Transactions and Mediation in Immovable Properties (APN), Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR), Croatian cities and Joint Research Centre (JRC).

  • Objectives

    As a part of the SMAFIN project (Supporting smart financing implementation for energy efficient Balkan Buildings) funded by the EU program Horizon 2020 and following the successful organisation of the first National Round Table on financing energy efficiency measures in the Republic of Croatia – SEIF (Sustainable Energy Investment Forum), REGEA alongside Energy Cities network want to keep the building debate high up on the political agenda. That is why we are organizing together with the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings Community a virtual round table with a focus on financing energy efficiency measures and the complete renovation of public buildings in the Republic of Croatia.

    The aim of the round table on financing energy efficiency measures and renovation of public buildings in the Republic of Croatia is to encourage dialogue between key Croatian stakeholders on improving the availability and allocation of funds for investments in energy efficiency measures. The debate will also build on experiences from local authorities that designed and tested investment evaluation and planning tools in the framework of Interreg MED projects like NewFinance, PrioritEE and Impulse.

  • Context

    The objectives of the Long-Term Strategy for Encouraging Investment in the Renovation of the National Building Fund will be impossible to achieve without securing private investments and combining it with public funds. In addition to useful tools and methodologies from the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings Community, the roundtable will also highlight good practices in neighbouring countries, such as Slovenia, where projects funded by both private and public funds are successfully implemented. Pointing out good examples will provide space for discussion and pave the way for the implementation of beneficial practices in the new financial perspective. Involving experts from the research and business sectors in policymaking will create opportunities for cooperation, but also shed new light on responding to the challenges of aligning all available funding sources and strategic documents.

  • Proceedings

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AGENDA
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome to SMAFIN/EBC round table
Ivana Belić & Ivan Pržulj, REGEA
09:15 – 09:30 SEIF and SMAFIN results – How to connect stakeholders, projects and policies?
dr.sc. Julije Domac, Managing Director, REGEA
09:30 – 09:45 Combined financing in EPC (JRC EnPC Report findings)
Paolo Bertoldi, PhD, Joint Research Centre
09:45 – 10:30 Combining structural and investment EU funds and private capital for financing energy efficiency measures and complete renovation of public buildings in the Republic of Croatia (analysis of the potential application of the Slovenian EPC model)
• Energy Performance Contracting as Deep Renovation Programme in Slovenia
Damir Staničić, Jožef Stefan Institute
• Possibilities of financing the implementation of the energy transition from EU funds,
Dijana Bezjak, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds
• Execution of specific goals 4c1 and 4c2 in OPCC 2014-2020,
Olja Milošević, Head of Sector for Public Buildings, Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets
• Public sector needs in the period 2021 -2027,
Ivan Ivanković, City of Zagreb
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:55 Discussion including questions and answers session
In addition to the invited participants of the Round Table, representatives of the following institutions are also involved:
• Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets,
• Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds,
• Ministry of Finance,
• European Investment Bank (EIB),
• Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR),
• Agency for Transactions and Mediation in Immovable Properties (APN),
• Cities and counties,
• Energy and development agencies.
11:55 – 12:00 Concluding remarks (REGEA)