Contributing to a global climate solution by adopting a sustainable approach to energy usage is central to the town of Jastrebarsko’s environmental policies.
Situated close to the Croatian capital Zagreb, the town is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM), a growing group of over 10,000 cities and local governments voluntarily committing to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.
In 2014, the town of 16,000 inhabitants was presented with the prestigious Green Light award, given by the European Commission, for the project "Energy-Efficient Lighting to Energy Savings and Clean Environment".
Zvonimir Novosel, mayor of Jastrebarsko, said: “In terms of energy efficiency we have invested in the use of renewable energy for our public facilities, such as the city’s music school. Our public utility company has a fleet of electric vehicles which are used on a daily basis. We also have a system of electric bicycles which tourists and our citizens can rent from public areas 24 hours a day.
“Our other projects focus on energy efficient public lighting and anything else that reduces costs while increasing energy efficiency and generating savings in the long run. Our main goal is to keep up with changes in Europe and the rest of the world.”
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