Climate Action Zlatibor

Providing public service employees in Serbia with the necessary knowledge and capacities to develop a local climate change mitigation strategy.


While Serbia has started to harmonise its legislation with EU frameworks, the country still lacks capacities in sustainable energy development, climate change management and sustainable investment. The results are notable in the energy sector. For example, 85 percent of Serbia’s residential buildings do not meet energy efficiency requirements, and 80 percent of primary energy production comes from fossil fuels while renewable sources only make up a marginal amount. To be able to develop an ambitious climate strategy, the necessary knowledge and capacities need to be provided to the public sector.

Representatives of the Zlatibor region and the Northern Croatia region.

Representatives from northern Croatia and the Serbian region Zlatibor. Photo: (c) Regional Development Agency Zlatibor


To build this basis on a regional level, the project establishes a competence centre in the Serbian region of Zlatibor. The centre hosts a series of knowledge transfer and awareness raising formats to encourage new sustainability projects and establish the necessary funding schemes. Furthermore, the project conducts analyses of buildings’ solar potential, monitors pilot projects, and develops exemplary procurement and technical documentations for future projects. The project partners thus increase their knowledge and capacities in the field of climate change mitigation and can employ it to develop policy documents for the regional authorities. The centre constitutes a new department within the Zlatibor Regional Development Agency. The Croatian energy agency REA North provides advice on sustainable energy management to the centre.

Project information

Updated: January 2021

Countries: Croatia, Serbia

Project duration: 10/20 - 01/23

Funding: 377,238 €

Target groups: Civil Society, Private sector, Public sector

Implementing organisation: Regional Energy Agency North Croatia

Partners: Zlatibor Regional Development Agency Ltd

Contact Person:

Mr Ivan Simic

Regional Energy Agency North Croatia

Miroslava Krleze 81
48000 Koprivnica



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

Potsdamer Platz 10,
10117 Berlin – Deutschland
Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de