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Croatia’s experience in improving access to finance for green SMEs

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Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting “SMEs in a Green Economy”, 09 March 2018, Paris
Session 3, "Croatia’s experience in improving access to finance for green SMEs", Dubravko Ponoš, Director, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND
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Croatia’s experience in improving access to finance for green SMEs

  1. 1. Croatia’s experience in improving access to finance for green SMEs Dubravko Ponoš, director ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia
  2. 2. The role of Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund in Croatia • Extra-budgetary public institution • Collecting fees based on the 'polluter pays principle‘ (environmental charges, revenues from ETS, EU funds) • Financing the preparation, implementation and development of projects in the field of preservation, sustainable use, protection and improvement of the environment, as well as energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources • Organising and supporting the systematic waste management system in Croatia • 15 years of experience in financing more than 35,000 projects! ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia 2
  3. 3. The Fund’s approach ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia Results Visibility & communication towards target groups Simple & clear application procedures Continuous support & monitoring of the implementation of the project • Local and regional government • Central government • SMEs • Large enterprises • Citizens 3
  4. 4. 1. Energy renovation of commercial buildings 2. Energy efficiency in the industry 3. Renewables 4. Energy and environmental management 5. E-mobility PROGRAMMES FOR SMEs 4 • Solar thermal and photovoltaic systems • Biomass fired boilers • Production of solid biomass • Heat pumps ISO 14001, ISO 50001, energy audits…
  5. 5. 1. Energy renovation of non-residential buildings ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia  Renovation includes:  Thermal insulation of building envelope  Energy efficient Windows and doors  Space heating and domestic hot water preparation  Ventilation and air-conditioning  Control and automatization of HVAC systems  Indoor lighting  In the past 4 years, the Fund approved 21.5 M€ for 280 projects  EU funding - OPCC specific objective 4b2 5
  6. 6. 2. Energy efficiency in industry ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia  EE projects in industry (production plants) which reduce energy consumption by at least 20 %  Improving the efficiency of using heat energy or/and cooling systems, electric motors, renovation of infrastructure (lighting, process water, etc.), replacement of the primary energy source, introducing/improving automatization, power systems (reactive power compensation)  In the past 4 years, the Fund approved 2.5 M€ for 50 projects  EU funding - OPCC specific objective 4b1 – ONLY FOR THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY (Not included: food, beverage and tobacco industry)  Future activities 6
  7. 7. 3. Renewable energy systems  Financing of renewable energy systems:  Solar thermal and photovoltaic systems  Biomass fired boilers  Production of solid biomass; facilities for the production of wood pellets and brickets  Heat pumps  In the past 3 years, the Fund approved financing for 135 projects – subsidies in the amount of 7.7 M€, including the programme for RES in tourism  EU funding - OPCC specific objective 4b2  Future activities 7
  8. 8. 4. Energy and environmental management ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia  The implementation of an effective environmental management system (EMS) ISO 14001 (30,000€ -10 companies)  Energy audits and introduction of the energy management system ISO 50001 (200,000€ -65 companies)  Education, research and development projects  Supporting the implementation of the national climate/energy policy  Future activities 8
  9. 9.  Eco-driving training (8 to 18 % savings)  Electric and hybrid vehicles:  2 M€ in 2 years for 370 vehicles: 160 electric + 15 PHEV + 195 hybrid  Other measures: conversion to CNG or electric, charging stations, electric bicycles, optimising distribution routes…  1.4 M€ in 2 years  Continuing with the programmes in 2018, based on the 4th National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 5. E-mobility ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia 9
  10. 10. Our programmes encourage not only SMEs to ‘’green’’ their business, but also encourage the entire economy to follow it! ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia 1 € grant 2.1 € of investments For example: In 2015, the Fund approved: 127 million € These projects generated the investments worth 264 million € 10
  11. 11. Thank you. www.fzoeu.hr kontakt@fzoeu.hr ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND Croatia 11

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