In the last ten years Zadar made a huge progress in raising awareness on sustainable development and climate change adaptation, becoming one of the leading city in Croatia in that field. The City of Zadar implemented numerous climate change mitigation activities and projects and it is one of the first cities that started working on adaptation. Zadar has been a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors since 2012, and in 2019 joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative. According to the SEAP’s Full Reporting for 2018 that includes Monitoring Emission Inventory (MEI) Zadar reduced CO2 emissions for 19 %.
The visit started with the introduction of the City of Zadar's Sustainable Energy Action Plan and Nature Based Solutions Strategy and continued with the visit of "Greeting to the Sun" and "Sea Organs", two unique projects which show how to make sustainable interventions in urban space by employing innovative architectural solutions, while fostering the city’s tourism development.
"Greeting to the Sun" is a famous tourist attraction, but also a small solar power plant with total installed power of 15.2 kW. The annual electricity production of the installation is 6,000 to 8,000 kWh. "Sea Organs" is an architectural sound art object and an experimental musical instrument, played by the sea waves thanks to underwater tubes. Both projects have received numerous awards such us European award for urban public space (first place) and Council of Europe’s Best Practice Award in regeneration of Coastal Towns (third place).
The participants also visited Sport Center Višnjik, a modern building which uses solar energy for the swimming pool water heating and where also existing boiler room was reconstructed to use natural gas as an energy source for heating instead fuel oil which was used previously.During the walk through the historical center of Zadar, the city's staff was glad to introduce their Italian guests with the historical monuments and best food specialities of the Croatian region of Dalmatia.
Additional projects were presented during the day:
EU Cities Adapt project
Managing of green areas and Green cadastre of the City of Zadar
Installation of charging stations for electric vehicles
SECAP 2030 – C4S project
Sustainable Development in Udine presented by a member of the Italian delegation
Energy Management Information System