URBAN LEARNING - Integrative energy planning of urban areas
Collective learning for improved governance



The City of Zagreb is the largest city in the Republic of Croatia and its capital. It has 790,017 inhabitants (data from 2011) and an area of 641,355 km2. It is a unit of local administration and at the same time of regional administration at county level. The total number of employees in the city administrative bodies is 2,763.

The City of Zagreb is trying to achieve the ambitious goal of the European Union to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% (compared to 1990) until 2030, by implementing energy projects and innovative concepts as well as joint action through active participation of numerous interest groups, economic entities, educational and scientific institutions, non-government organizations and citizens of as a many environmentally-conscious cities of the Republic of Croatia and European Union. The energy policy of the City of Zagreb is designed to improve security and the diversification of the City's energy supply, reducing CO2 emissions in all sectors by implementing energy efficiency measures, using of renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly fuels, applying new ICT and green technologies, rational management of energy needs and the reduction of energy consumption in the building sector, transport, industry and public lighting, as well as the conversion of urban neighborhoods to environmentally sustainable areas.

The City of Zagreb is one of the first European capitals that, recognizing its importance and potential for development of sustainable energy, joined the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). The CoM was accepted by the City of Zagreb Assembly on the 30 October 2008.

A number of strategic documents speaks of the complexity and seriousness of the approach to energy policies such as the Sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) 2010-2020, the Energy efficiency plan for 2016, the Program for protection and air quality improvement of the City of Zagreb, 2009-2012, the Plan for adapting to climate changes in the City of Zagreb, developmental strategy „ZagrebPlan“ as well as other documents necessary for the implementation of proactive energy policy. Conducted studies „Analysis of energy consumption and production of energy balance in the City of Zagreb“ and „Air emissions from stationary and mobile energy sources in the City of Zagreb“ give an overview of the energy indicators and air emissions in the Zagreb area useful for making valid decisions about priorities, the type and implementation of measures for efficient energy consumption and reducing emissions of harmful substances.


Local working group Zagreb

The focus of the local working group of the City of Zagreb is set on the city departments plus essential external actors. Within the city the main departments which are involved in urban planning processes and possess energy relevant competences are represented in the group. Additionally, external stakeholders of the energy sector, building sector (providers, developers, university, institutes, chambers etc. are involved.


The establishment of the local working group is linked to the development of a thematic concept for integrated urban energy planning. The local working group will support this work with inputs.


See Zagreb's approaches towards integrative energy planning at one glance.