Long-term energy and climate planning in Southeast Europe
18 Jun 2018, 09:00 – 16:30
Radnička cesta 50 - Green Gold Center, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Why this workshop?

How to transform energy and climate plans into actionable and bankable projects in Croatia and the region? What can we do to strengthen the link between energy and climate science, policy and practice in Southeast Europe? 

On June 18th a workshop titled “Long term climate and energy planning in Southeast Europe” will be organised in Zagreb within the framework of the EU funded CARISMA project.

Long term National Climate and Energy Plans (NECP) are at the forefront of governance mechanisms aimed at ensuring that signatories of the Paris Agreement reach their climate targets. Every EU Member State must submit an NECP to the EU Commission by 2020 and Czech Republic, Poland, UK, France and Germany have developed one already

Southeast European countries have various experiences in long term energy and climate planning, and are generally facing several challenges such as dependence on coal power in their electricity mix, stop and go renewable energy policies such as the example of Bulgaria and Romania, high costs of capital for wind and solar PV and social acceptance challenges of renewable energy in general. The Western Balkan and Energy Community member states are moreover in several phases of the negotiation process to enter the European Union. As this requires adopting the EU energy and climate acquis these countries also have to develop climate strategies that address mitigation and adaptation measures. 

Croatia is currently in the last phases of making its climate change mitigation and low carbon development strategies. Still the question remains if these ambitious plans will really transform into actionable projects, and if the government will use them for energy and climate policies until 2030. The Low Carbon Development Strategy is five years in the making and it’s critical that the government adopts it. This would help define its new Energy Strategy and keep its Paris Agreement promises. More importantlyhaving clarity on the government’s energy and climate strategies would provide a clear signal of stability for investments into renewables.

Who will you get to meet?


This workshop will bring together the leading experts in energy and climate policy from Europe with some of the most successful investors and practitioners from the region. This includes Oliver Sartor from the Paris based think tank IDDRIAndreas Tuerk from Joanneum Research and University of Graz and Sonja Risteska from the Berlin based Agora Energiewende, a renowned think tank for the energy transition. On the other hand leading investors and consultants from the region will discuss how high level plans can be placed into practice. This will include Bojan Rescec from RP Global, an investor with 78 MW of wind capacity in Croatia, Edo Jerkic from Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia, Nihad Harbas from the Sarajevo based advisory nLogic and Belgrade based Dimitar Dimitrovski from the International Finance Corporation.


Event details

Long term energy and climate planning in Southeast Europe

LOCATION: Radnicka cesta 50 - Green Gold Center, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

DATE and TIME: 18th June 2018, 09:00 - 16:30


Starfish Energy is a consultancy and think thank whose mission is to accelerate the energy transition in developing countries. We do this by applying action oriented research based on real life learning and capacity building. Our focus is on innovative energy policies, business models and financing mechanisms. We are strategically based in Berlin, the heart of the global energy transition, and Zagreb from where we focus on our core market in Southeast Europe and Western Balkans.

Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia is an industry association that collectively represents investors and industry actors with 80% of the renewable energy installed capacity in Croatia. As such it is the only association that represents the renewables industry in the country. Its primary goal is to stimulate the making of an widespread social agreement that the future of Croatia must be in renewable energy and that also it can be. 

Club Alpbach Croatia is an affiliate member of the Austrian non-governmental organization "European Forum Alpbach" (Europäisches Forum Alpbach) that connects students, young professionals and leading figures in the arts, science, politics, sustainable develpment and business in Zagreb and Croatia. The objectives are to bring the spirit of the EFA to Croatia by organising events to encourage domestic and international cooperation among young people, develop awareness of the importance of the life-long education, promote peace and stability through democratic dialogue and open discussions and encourage the inclusion of citizens in the social activities in the Republic of Croatia

Furthermore the event is organised under academic sponsorship of the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of University of Zagreb, and the RESFLEX project (Energy independent Croatia based on high share of renewable energy and fast response technologies.