The concept of Croatia’s energy development must be based on new and clean technologies, innovation, and research to improve the quality of life and ensure the economy’s necessary transformation, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told the digital conference “Energy 2021 – Managing the Green Transition” organised on Tuesday by EURACTIV’s partner, Jutarnji list.
Croatia met 29% of its energy needs due to its hydropower potential and its wind and solar parks, surpassing the renewable energy targets in the Europe 2020 strategy, the PM added.
Plenković also mentioned the LNG terminal off Krk island, in the northern Adriatic, which has been operating commercially since 1 January, announcing that it would be officially inaugurated on Friday. The fact that its full storage capacity has been booked for the next three years and 84% until 2027 only confirms its business and geostrategic validity, he added.
Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić said that Croatia, as all European economies, was going for a transition of its energy system.
“We have taken a very clear strategic position, but the challenge lies in creating a grid that can absorb all that,” said Ćorić. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)