The European Commission has approved an investment worth over 55 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund to replace more than 68 kilometres of Zagreb’s heating pipes with a more reliable and efficient network.
This major EU project for the capital of Croatia will reduce heat and water losses and will make the system compatible with renewable heating sources.
“With this investment, Cohesion policy is once again proving its value in boosting regional energy-efficiency to improve citizens’ quality of life while at the same time protecting the environment and supporting the green transition,” commented Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira.
The modernised heating system will ensure greater comfort for Zagreb’s residents, especially in winter. Moreover, with a reduction of the maintenance costs and lower consumption of natural gas for water heating, the project will contribute to lower carbon emissions.
It is the latest financing for Croatia within the framework of the EU Cohesion policy, following the EkoBiz project aimed to attract more young people to organic entrepreneurship by raising awareness of the local opportunities in the industry and the R-SOL-E project, under which local authorities from Belišće and Gorjani in Croatia and Novi Sad in Serbia joined forces to boost energy efficiency and cut energy consumption costs in public buildings and infrastructure by promoting renewable sources.