Protests against oil drilling in the Adriatic, construction of a thermal power plant (TE) on Plomic C coal and Slovenian wire-wire fencing were marked by 2015. year in the field of environmental protection and nature.

Green activists have repeatedly protested against oil drilling in the Adriatic and construction of Plomin C, demanding low-carbon development of Croatia, or urgent proclamation of a moratorium on coal-fired power plants and exploration of oil on the Adriatic.

Rejected permits for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons

In September, the government decided to abolish hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation permits on seven research fields, and postponed the termination of concession contracts for other fields during the election.

Before the end of the International Climate Conference - COP21 in Paris, they are 12. December, among the tens of thousands of green activists from the world, who held mass demonstrations, demanding stopping climate change, were activists of the Croatian Green Action. Green Action President Bernard Ivcic said the outcome of the conference will not be satisfactory and the campaign against climate change will have to continue.

End 2015. was also marked by protests against the Slovenian wire-wire fence, which, among other things, caused the animals to be severely beaten. Democrats protested on both sides of the border, and Environment and Nature Minister Mihael Zmajlovic asked the commissioner of the European Commission for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmen Velle to remove this fence.

The first two waste management centers were built

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nature commended 2015. construction of the first two waste management centers - Marišćina and Kaštijun, covering the needs of Primorsko-goranska and Istarska County, of which total 13 is planned to be built. The total value of these two projects is over half a billion, of which about 70 is a percentage of European funds. Three more waste management centers are in the tender phase for contractors, while other documentation is being prepared.

The ministry said that for the construction of all waste management centers, almost 5 billions of kuna were spent, mostly of European funds, and their construction will enable announcing the closure of all waste disposal sites in these counties as well as opening through 1000 jobs.

The construction of waste management centers opposed the Independent Lists Bridge, which claims that the Croatian waste management system at the very bottom of the EU scale on the level of separate and recycled waste. That is why, says Bridge, stopping the construction of expensive waste management centers is the only economically and ecologically reasonable move.

Energy recovery houses and co-financing energy-efficient home appliances

Through the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, the Ministry has implemented a number of energy renewal projects for family houses, residential buildings, commercial and public facilities, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in tourism and industry, and co-financing the purchase of ecological vehicles and energy-efficient household appliances.

From 9336 approved family home renovation claims, 5580 is from a special state concern area, which is granted 80 percent of the co-financing. Renovation of 284 residential buildings was also approved.

Citizens have shown great interest in the co-financing program for the purchase of energy-efficient household appliances of class A +++, so they purchased 20.000 of such devices in two actions with non-refundable government incentives of the 800 kuna per device. They also bought 34,5 environmentally-friendly vehicles with 982 million of non-refundable state incentives.

The Ministry also praised that Croatia is the first country in the world to abolish the use of halogenated chlorofluorocarbons, which is the most damaging to the ozone layer, and is among the first EU members to complete the Low Carbon Development Strategy up to 2030. year with view to 2050. This strategy is expected to enable economic development based on green jobs.

(Hina)