Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Heritage Buildings


Minimising the climate impact of Polish and Croatian heritage buildings by supporting the transition towards more energy-efficient, low-carbon and sustainable areas.


The number of historic buildings in Poland (74,000) and Croatia (2,196) is significant. The majority of them are not insulated, since the energy efficiency standards are not obligatory for historic buildings. This makes for a significant climate impact, in the long term leading to rising operating costs and often to the abandoning and deterioration of important historic ensembles. To reduce CO2 emissions and to protect cities’ built heritage, it is imperative cities develop energy standards that consider the particularities of heritage buildings.

Heritage buildings in the city of Wroclaw, Poland

Old Buildings in the city centre of Wroclaw, Poland; Photo: pedro_wroclaw / pixabay


To achieve this goal, the project interviews 30 stakeholders from diverse cities in Poland and Croatia to decide on relevant issues in the field. Based on these, workshops and online courses serve to develop and discuss solutions and methods. Decision makers and stakeholders from six cities decide on the most promising approaches. These are disseminated via the print and electronic project publication in English, Polish and Croatian and made available to a broad audience of city representatives, architects, and engineers. By sharing the acquired knowledge and skills, the project develops a network of energy efficiency specialists in the two target countries.

Project information

Updated: January 2021

Countries: Croatia, Poland

Project duration: 09/20 - 09/22

Funding: 295,523 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Experts, Governments

Implementing organisation: Sendzimir Foundation

Partners: Croatia Green Building Council

Project website: sendzimir.org.pl/en/pr...

Contact Person:

Mrs Ilona Gosk

Sendzimir Foundation

Wiarusa 11/3
32-087 Zielonki



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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.

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