Karlovac to Hold European Energy Award Certificate for Next 4 Years

Daniela Rogulj

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This is a European award for projects in the field of energy efficiency, i.e., a quality management and certification program dedicated to sustainable local climate and energy policy, reports Lokalni.Vecernji.hr.

“The European Energy Awards campaign has been running for more than ten years. Four years ago, REGEA was the national contact point for Croatia. We evaluated several Croatian cities that had to meet these relatively demanding European criteria.

The project was implemented in six European countries and involved more than 1,700 European cities and municipalities. The City of Karlovac had the best results from Croatian participants in that campaign, which I sincerely congratulate. Still, as the director of REGEA, I must admit that we are not particularly surprised given the excellent cooperation we have had all these years and that we see each other very often and collaborate on projects. This is an award given not only for implemented projects but also for thinking, planning, documenting plans, and preparing projects and specific investments in the area of ​​Karlovac. The city of Karlovac is also successful in the preparatory part. Here I mention an idea such as one urban zone Luščić, defined as a zone without fossil energy sources. This is an example that does not exist from here to Vienna,” said Julije Domac, Director of REGEA, Regional Energy Agency of Northwest Croatia, who presented the award to Karlovac Mayor Damir Mandic.

Mandic said that he was pleased that this award recognized the direction of Karlovac toward a completely green city.

“It is important to say that I read this concept of the City of Karlovac related to energy and our efforts to implement what is popularly called green today in all our projects and our businesses. Especially in planning the time to come, the so-called green future. First of all, it should be borne in mind that we, I am talking about the city administration, but also about all components of the work of the city administration, public institutions, schools, kindergartens, and even city companies, are aware of the fact that today it is our responsibility in what way and how some generations after us will live tomorrow. We are building that for them today through caring for the environment, energy efficiency, and green energy. The goal is for Karlovac to be a green city in that awareness of self-sustainability and green energy. Our goal is inspired by what Karlovac is today. Karlovac is a green city, a city of parks, so we intend to be an energy green city, a logical continuation of what makes our city today,” said Damir Mandic.

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