10 February 2017 (Hina) - Kuščević: Programmes of energy renovation of buildings also to contribute to growth of Croatian building industry
On Friday, Minister of Construction and Physical Planning Lovro Kuščević pointed out that through the programmes of energy renovation of buildings good effects will be achieved in terms of energy, and that these programmes will also contribute to the growth of the Croatian building sector.
At the opening of the final conference Strategy 2.0 within the framework of the Build Upon project, Minister Kuščević pointed out that over the past year the Government, through the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, has been actively carrying out its energy efficiency policy. He reminded that at the beginning of his term of office he presented his short-, medium- and long-term goals, with exactly energy efficiency being the first and most important short- and medium-term goal.
'Due to this, we have several programmes that are either under way, or have been completed, or shall be launched soon. I would like to point out the programme of energy renovation of multi-residential buildings, for which calls were published at the end of last year, and which has been completed by the end of January this year, with 152 million kuna allocated. Somewhat more than 600 projects are ready, and their value amounts to approximately 600 million kuna', emphasised Kuščević.
He said that also a public call for the renovation of educational institutions was under way, and in this case as well an amount of 152 million kuna had been allocated; according to the current trend of applications, the Minister anticipated that for this programme as well the full amount of funds would be withdrawn.
The Minister announced that a very important strategic document, the 'Programme of energy renovation of public sector buildings for the period 2016-2020', for which 211 million euro had been allocated, would soon be submitted to the Government.
'This means huge progress, with anticipated energy savings of approximately 68 percent for those buildings that will apply for the said three programmes – and these results are really remarkable. With multi-residential buildings alone CO2 emissions will be decreased by 2500 tons per year, Kuščević said.
This however is not all, as the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning "is on the path of sustainable building and there are regulations in place stipulating that by 2018 public sector buildings, and by 2020 all other buildings shall be nearly zero-energy buildings" (a nearly zero-energy building is defined by its primary energy consumption and a minimum share of renewable energy sources to be met).
The Minister stated that all these programmes, besides achieving good effects in terms of energy, would certainly contribute to the growth of the Croatian building sector. He reminded that the Croatian building sector, since the crisis in 2008, was in permanent decrease, and pointed out that in 2016 growth was recorded.
'There is a higher number of investments in construction, a higher number of issued building permits, more jobs in the construction sector, and all this is good. However, through this short-term goal, these 5 billion kuna, which is the total value of all the indicated programmes, along with the respective part of European funds and the part to be invested by the owners of these buildings, the economic image of the Republic of Croatia will be significantly improved', deems the Minister.
The Minister thanked all the attendees of the final conference Strategy 2.0 for contributing to awareness raising of citizens and politicians about the importance of energy saving, efficiency of and sustainable building in Croatia.
It has been pointed out that Build Upon is the world’s largest project of cooperation and dialogue on energy renovation of buildings, implemented across 13 EU countries, entirely financed from the Horizon 2020 programme. The Croatia Green Building Council is in charge of project implementation. The basic goal of the project is to support national governments to adopt improved national strategies of energy renovation of buildings.
For this reason, conference participants included experts responsible for creating the national strategy. This strategy shall be delivered by Croatia, as well as by other EU member states, to Brussels by April.