EU approved funding of joint DAUSC and REGEA project

On 2 February 2017 European Union published official results for approved projects within the Interreg IPA Cross-border Program - Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro

On 2 February 2017 European Union published official results for approved projects within the Interreg IPA Cross-border Program - Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro. Joint project “Heating communities with renewable energy-RENEW HEAT” of Development Agency of Una-Sana Canton and North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) was approved for funding. The other partners on project are Karlovac County and City of Cazin.

The main objective is to drive the regional energy transition based on sustainable use of a readily available renewable energy source - wood - leading to increased energy security, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy of the cross-border region. Namely, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are forest rich countries and have traditionally used wood for heating and cooking. The problem is that the way wood is used traditionally is not sustainable, so it is not environmentally friendly. This project is about changing the reputation of wood by showing that the oldest renewable fuel can not only reduce carbon footprint but also help develop the local economy if used sustainably.

Three biomass heating boilers will be installed in public buildings, i.e. two in Cazin Municipality and one in Karlovac County. In addition, trainings will be organized and held on the use of wood biomass and innovative business models for representatives of public and private sectors, as well as studies that will show all the advantages of using wood biomass for heating to decision makers. Project implementation will last 18 months.