In the middle of the Dalmatian cost, Zadar has a very rich past and is full of historical monuments. It is the urban pole of the region and well connected with Italy and on the cruise roads in the Mediterranean.
The impact of climate change is becoming visible in Zadar, making the city vulnerable as the sea level rises and as in the last yearsthe city faced severed rought, floods, forest firesand heat waves.
Zadar signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2012 and the Sustainable Energy Action Plan was developed in 2014. According to the monitoring report done in 2018 Zadar reached19% reduction, based on data from 2017.
Zadar is currently preparing its 2030 Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) that should be completed by September 2020. In 2010, the most carbon intensive sectors were: the building sector with57%, the transport sector with 42% and the public lighting with only 1%. In 2017, the local CO2 emissions were summing up to 200.000 tons, showing an 19% reduction (47300 tons CO2) between 2010 and 2017. This was mainly due to switching energy supply in buildings from fuel oil to gas and to the use of new more energy efficient cars.
Between 2010 and 2019, Zadar refurbished 131 housing units, reducing the total CO2 emissions by 825 tons. The total co-financing summed up toEUR 400000 out of which EUR 250000 was supported by the municipality and EUR 150 000 from the national Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund. There are more demands than grants available: approx. 4 applications for 1 funded project.
Zadar was also offering co-financed energy audits and energy refurbishment projects for residential buildings; however, the demand was low. The energy refurbishment of residential buildings (audits, projects, construction works, etc.) are now linked toco-funding for energy efficient refurbishment via the Structural Funds.
City of Zadar is a member of Energy Cities since 2014
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