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BIOLOC – Biobased and social innovation to revitalise European local communities

The goal of the BIOLOC project is to improve the role and impact of bio-based and social innovations in order to revitalize European local communities and to accelerate the comprehensive transition to a resource-efficient and circular biological-based production and consumption system, thereby achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Main activities

  • Assessment of the current state and the examples of good practice of the most relevant bio-based economic activities in selected regions, development of a plan for the inclusion of citizens and the integration of marginalized groups into the local bioeconomy
  • Organization of interactions through local events, public consultations – in order to reach targeted marginalized and rural groups
  • Reporting on the development of strategies; creation of promotional and informative material for a wider audience (e.g. schools, associations, communities)
  • Dissemination of project results through various communication channels

Main goals

  • Involvement of relevant stakeholders based on the analysis of the current state of innovation and social inclusion in local bio-economies
  • Mapping obstacles in order to develop and create new opportunities and value chains
  • Providing practical information on the opportunities that innovative practices could be bring for local participants through a circular bioeconomy

Pilot area for Croatia

The pilot will focus on the area of ​​Adriatic part of the state, which despite its great potential for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy lacks strategic integration and cross-sectoral interaction. It is precisely the connection of different sectors, such as bioeconomy and tourism, that is seen as a powerful driver for rural and coastal areas.

Their development and mobilization of bio-resources aims to positively influence the unfavorable trend of depopulation of the rural Adriatic, which, along with the poverty of the region, stands out as one of the main problems. As a project representative of BIOLOC, DOOR will influence the “green” transition through various measures and the tailoring of business models that would meet local needs.


1. Iniziativa Centro Europea – Segretariatio Esecutivo, INCE – Italy

2. Stichting Wageningen Research, WR – Netherlands

3. Fundacion CIRCE Centro de investigacion de resusrsos y consumos energeticos, CIRCE – Spain

4. Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation, ZSI – Austria

5. RINA S.p.A., RINA – Italy

6. University of Hohenheim, UHOH – Germany

7. Region of Aragón, DGA – Spain

8. Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, CERTH – Greece

9. Agricultural University of Plovdiv, AUP – Bulgaria

10. Business and Innovation Centre Bratislava, BICB – Slovakia

11. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia – Association of Chemical Industries of Slovenia, ACIS – Slovenia

12. Society for Sustainable Development Design, DOOR – Croatia

13. Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD – Hungary

14. Banat University of Agricultural Science, BUAS – Romania

15. Association of Research Organisations, AVO – Czech Republic

16. Gemeente Apeldoorn, GA – Netherlands

17. SPRING – Italian Cluster of Green Chemistry, SPRI – Italy

Duration of the project:
36 months (1.10.2022 – 1.10.2025)

Source of funding:

The role of DOOR in the project:

Together for 1.5

17/10/2022In Projects


Bringing EU Member States together to achieve the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement – TogetherFor1.5

The main goal of the project TogetherFor1.5 is to harmonize European climate actions with the goal of the Paris Agreement of 1.5°C. The goal should be achieved through revisions of climate and energy policies – National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) and the Fit For 55 package. It is also essential to increase public acceptance through inclusive and numerous climate activities and the presentation of their social and economic benefits. Also, project partners will monitor the implementation of the national plans in order to identify opportunities and gaps that can be included in the documents during the audit.

Main activities

  • Reaching an agreement on the Fit for 55 package and monitoring its implementation
  • Monitoring and active participation in the revision process of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) to ensure that they will be harmonized with EU legislation
  • Harmonization of long-term climate goals and policies of the EU and member states with the 1.5°C goal from the Paris Agreement
  • Sustainability, replication and exploitation of project results for further analysis

Specific goals

  • Increase national and political awareness of the benefits of climate action, leading to the achievement of the objectives set by the EU Climate Law (at least -55% net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. compared to 1990. levels);
  • Strengthen the implementation of the Fit for 55 package at the national level thanks to increased transparency, greater dialogue among stakeholders and increased public support for climate actions;
  • By revising the NECP’s at the national level, ensure that they have defined ambitious policies, measures and goals that go beyond the EU’s climate and energy goals, and that they clearly show how they will be financed thanks to better information and a more inclusive process;
  • Ensure more effective and ambitious implementation of NECPs at the national level through improved monitoring by civil society, and making sure that stakeholders and decision makers are well informed on the topic;
  • Achieving climate neutrality before 2050, and harmonizing long-term climate goals with the 1.5°C goal from the Paris Agreement;
  • Dissemination of project results through various communication channels.


  1. Climate Action Network Europe, CAN EUROPE – Belgium
  2. Focus Association for Sustainable Development, FOCUS – Slovenia
  3. Društvo za oblikovanje održivog razvoja, DOOR – Croatia
  4. Centre for Transport and Energy, CDE – Czech Republic
  5. Estonian Fund for Nature, ELF – Estonia
  6. Germanwatch e.V. – Germany
  7. Réseau Action Climat France, RAC France – France
  8. Sociedad Española de Ornitología, SEO/ BirdLife – Spain
  9. Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System, ZERO – Portugal
  10. Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen, BBL – Belgium
  11. Friends of the Earth Hungary, NSC-FoE – Hungary
  12. Environmental Association “Za Zemiata”, ZZ – Bulgaria
  13. Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation, ISD – Poland
  14. The Danish 92 Group, DK92Grp – Denmark

Duration of the project:

36 months (September 2022 – August 2025)

Source of funding:

Program LIFE, line LIFE21-GIC-BE-LIFE

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ESI Europe 2.0 – Driving Investment in Energy Efficiency through Energy Savings Insurance in Europe 2.0

The overall objective of the project is to mobilise private sector investments and financing for energy efficiency (EE) projects in Croatia, Greece, and Slovakia, with a special focus on SMEs. The project will do this by replicating the successful Energy Savings Insurance (ESI) financing model which comprises financial and nonfinancial mechanisms designed to de-risk investments in EE and overcome barriers faced by SMEs and these types of projects. Innovative financial strategies and business models that are capable of de-risking investments in energy efficiency are crucial to change the behaviour of customers towards prioritising investments in energy efficiency solutions. The aim of this project is to mainstream the ESI mechanisms, which should be able to put in place mechanisms (ESI model) that can be used by SMEs (customers) and providers to reduce significantly their investment risks associated with energy efficiency, stimulate the demand for EE projects, and leverage enough interest and market motivation to mobilize stakeholders in the target countries and other EU countries.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Implement and mainstream the innovative ESI financing model in Croatia, Greece and Slovakia. This involves setting up the mechanisms that compose the model including: (i) a standardised contract that facilitates SMEs and technology providers (TP) the negotiations of this type of projects; (ii) an energy savings insurance that is used to compensate the SME in case the EE project does not reach the expected energy savings; and (iii) validation mechanisms that provides an independent assessment and verification of the project, in each country. Key stakeholders will be convened and consulted on the products to ensure buy-in.
  • Engage first movers and champion TPs, SMEs and banks that will use the model to sell their EE technologies.
  • Build the capacity of key market players including TPs, SMEs (who will invest in projects), and banks (who will finance these projects) to build a pipeline of EE projects in Croatia, Greece and Slovakia. The project includes sourcing the EE projects, guiding the validation and financing process, and guiding TPs and SME during implementation.
  • Develop communications and marketing material to promote the ESI Europe 2.0 model, building on the results from ESI Europe 1.0, where the project developed a successful commercial brand “GoSafe with ESI”.
  • Adapt the existing ESI Europe management information system (MIS) (already developed through the ESI Europe 1.0) to the new countries and new technologies. MIS is used by SMEs, TPs, insurance companies and banks to track the performance of the projects.
  • Create and institutionalize long-lasting tools including the improved ESI Europe Toolkit (already developed through the ESI Europe 1.0), explanatory ESI Europe Video series, recorded webinars to enable streamlined replication of the ESI model across Europe.
  • Promote and disseminate the ESI model across Europe via social media, best practice case studies, press material and EU newsletter articles.
  • Position EE and ESI as a way to address the current economic crisis and recovery of SMEs given the COVID-19 situation.


Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) (coordinator) – Švicarska

Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR) – Croatia

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) – Greece

Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) – Slovakia


Project duration:
36 months (September 2021 – August 2024)

DOOR role in the project:

1,485,893.75 EUR

Horizon 2020


Ana Klarić

Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH)


The leading EU initiative on energy poverty launches its new website

The Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) – an initiative of the European Commission – has launched its new website with the aim of becoming the centre of energy poverty expertise in EU for local authorities and all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty.

In the newly launched platform, visitors and beneficiaries can find out what the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub is and what it is set to achieve in the upcoming years. More importantly, though, local governments and their supporting organisations are able to:

  • discover local actions

European local governments have begun to address energy poverty with inspirational projects tailored to their specific local needs. A new publication and online ATLAS will highlight such inspiring practices and local measures.

  • learn more about energy poverty and mitigating action

Understanding, measuring, and monitoring energy poverty is an important step to alleviate it. Free access to tools can guide local governments and organisations in the process. The website will offer 3 open online training courses, with different levels and approaches to energy poverty. The courses aim to enable participants to enhance skills and competences in order to develop their own diagnosis, plans and projects to combat energy poverty. Additionally, a set of indicators will provide a snapshot of energy poverty issues in Europe.

  • explore the EPAH support system

Addressing energy poverty is a priority, but may often face complex challenges. The EPAH helpdesk will assist and guide municipalities that want to launch a local action on energy poverty. Moreover, local governments will have the chance to apply to open calls for dedicated support for their municipality in order to take the next step in the battle against energy poverty, with dedicated expertise and bilateral guidance by EPAH’s local and international experts.


Role of DOOR:
Antenna Organisation

Sustainable business for better climate

Project goals:

Overall goal of the project is to establish sustainable social entrepreneurship of the DOOR association, which will ensure social impact in the field of combating energy poverty and climate change through the implementation of entrepreneurial activities. The specific objectives are education and capacity building of employees to strengthen entrepreneurial activities and transition of DOOR to social entrepreneurship, the establishment of DOOR’s entrepreneurial activities and the public promotion of social entrepreneurship as a concept.

Project elements:

  1. Preparation of social entrepreneurial activities
  2. Strengthening the capacity of new and existing legal entities and employees, as well as unemployed members of applicants for the implementation of social entrepreneurial activities
  3. Implementation of social – entrepreneurial activities
  4. Activities of spreading the concept of social entrepreneurship in the Republic of Croatia
  5. Promotion and visibility
  6. Project management and administration

Expected project results:

  • Development of business plans for social entrepreneurial activities.
  • Change of the statute in order to include social – entrepreneurial activities.
  • Capacity building for DOOR employees on the business conditions of the socially-owned enterprise on the market.
  • Professional education and training of DOOR employees.
  • Development of a software solution / application for managing the finances of a social enterprise and non-governmental organizations.
  • Issuance of invoices in the amount of at least 10% of the total eligible costs of the project.
  • Adaptation of space and procurement of equipment for the purpose of implementing social and entrepreneurial activities.
  • Establishment of a pilot centre for combating energy poverty.
  • Holding a workshop for the purpose of establishing energy poverty counsellors.
  • Organization of informative events on social entrepreneurship at the local level and participation in conferences and fairs organized by other organizers.
  • Promotion and visibility activities.


Role of DOOR: 
Beneficiary of a grant from the European Social Fund

Project duration:
30 months (9.3.2021. – 9.9.2023.)

European Social Fund

Total value of the project:
HRK 1.120.444,43

Target group:
Local community

Contact person for more informations:
Matija Eppert

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Energy, cultural and sustainable development of Buševec –

Investment in local community programs and infrastructure (Buš Eko ?!)

Project goal

The overall goal of the project is to capacitate CSOs for community-led local development and to improve cooperation between CSOs and local communities by increasing the use of public spaces for social services through civil-public partnership and cross-sectoral cooperation

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Develop and implement a plan for revitalization of the community social centre in Buševec
  • Local CSOs capacity built for participatory management of public resources using the principles of sustainability
  • Create the preconditions for energy, cultural and sustainable social and economic progress at the local level using a bottom-up approach

Project elements:

  • Development and implementation of community social center programs, i.e. CSO programs that contribute to community development (acting as community centers) in public spaces
  • Design, development and introduction of modern initiatives for citizen participation in the process of managing public spaces in the local community
  • Renovation of public owned space
  • Promotion and visibility
  • Project management and administration

Expected project results:

  • Employed coordinator for the activities in the community social center
  • Conducted programs, activities and workshops in the community center
  • Participatory development of programs and financing
  • Organized study visits
  • Conducted research and mapping of community potential for participatory governance
  • Research and mapping of RES potential conducted
  • Conducted interviews with locals about needs in the community, and opinions toward RES
  • Educated volunteers for the survey conducting
  • Developed and introduced tools that improve citizen participation in the management of public spaces in the local community
  • A feasibility study for the adaptation of community center Buševec
  • Small-scale renovation measures in community center Buševec
  • Volunteers involved in the small-scale renovation measures in the community center Buševec
  • Preparations for further energy renovation of the community center Buševec after the project end



Role of DOOR: 
Lead Partner

Project duration: 
May 2020 – April 2022

From Croatia (Buševec)

European Social Fund

Total value of the project:
HRK 1.995.864,96

Target group:
Local community

Contact person for more informations:
Daniel Rodik
Tel: 091/4655-402

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JEDRO – Public policies for sustainable social development: water, energy, waste

DOOR, in cooperation with partner organizations, on October 29, 2020. started the implementation of a three-year project in which it will collect and analyse data and contribute to the improvement of the management systems in three key thematic areas: water, energy and waste.

Project goals:

Project JEDRO is a thematic network that promotes participatory models of co-production in areas of water management, waste management and renewable energy sources. The goals will be achieved by conducting scientific research as a basis for advocating participatory models based on the principle of evidence-based policy making, strengthening cooperation between academia and CSOs and strengthening the capacity of CSOs for scientific research in these areas. The JEDRO network will work to ensure that cooperation with the academic community and the capacities of CSOs continue to develop continuously.

Also, network will explore management models, which are so far insufficiently researched or developed in Croatia, and which would make a significant contribution to resolving the ecological crisis and mitigating climate change.

In the area of ​​water management, the focus of the research will be on quality and price differences in the area of water services, needed reforms, how citizens are involved and which mechanisms are managed. In waste management, zero waste management will be explored in response to the existing problem of unsustainable waste management also promoting a model that contributes to both environmental and economic sustainability. In the field of renewable energy sources, the emphasis will be on various organization forms of production (e.g. energy cooperatives) that offer more participation and are more important at the level of national and local policies.

The thematic areas reflect the priorities of environmental protection, sustainability and economic development. Therefore, within the JEDRO project, guidelines for the improvement of the management system of the mentioned thematic areas will be produced and their application will be promoted among decision makers and other stakeholders.

A key horizontal theme common to all areas is the issue of citizen involvement in service management.

Project elements:

  • Strengthening civil society organizations partnerships and involving new members to the thematic network
  • Conducting public opinion polls and analysing social needs
  • Conducting scientific research in the area of identified necessary social change
  • Guidelines for the development of evidence-based public policies
  • Conducting social impact analyses for the proposed interventions
  • Implementing structured dialogue of all stakeholders and decision makers
  • Promotion and visibility
  • Project management and administration



Role of DOOR: 

Project duration: 
October 2020 – September 2023

From Croatia

European Social Fund


Total value of the project:
HRK 3.594.308,89

Target group:
The public, governmental, NGO, local authorities and other stakeholders

Contact person for more informations:
Tomislav Cik

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UNIFY: Bringing the EU together on climate action



Project objective

Project aims to facilitate the effective and early transition of Member States across Europe to low carbon and resilient economies by unifying three key policy opportunities: programming of EU funds, National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and national and the EU’s Long Term Strategies.

Through its targeted activities in 10 Member States and at the EU level, the Unify project  showcases that if these three key EU policy processes are consistent, ambitious and in line with the Paris Agreement objectives, they could help all EU Member States to step up climate action.

Through underlining the importance of alignment between the national and the EU’s long term strategies, National energy and climate plans and the local level climate and energy action plans (SECAPs), the UNIFY project reminds the importance of consistency in climate action at different levels.

Specific objectives

Besides, Unify project builds processes and capacity to monitor the programming of EU funds, providing targeted inputs at the regional, national, and sub-national level to ensure that Partnership Agreements and Operational Funds are coherent with National Energy and Climate Plans at the national level and Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans at the municipal level.

Unify will focus on two scopes of influence – detailed actions delivered in the 10 Focal countries; and one extending to entire EU – in order to take results from targeted actions in 10 EU Member States and replicate and transfer results to the whole of the EU

This project comes at a crucial moment of the European climate policies as different components of the European Green Deal will be unveiled and relevant legislative changes will be realised during the project period.



Role of DOOR: 

Project duration: 
September 2019 – August 2022

Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Denmark, Slovenia, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal


Target group:

Project website:

Contact person for more informations:
Miljenka Kuhar –

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Besides the impacts of climate change all over the world there are many inspiring grassroots mitigation and adaptation solutions for youth and adults.

The ClimAlt project, a follow-up of the Clim’Act project and its Edukit, aims at raising awareness of youth in the climate change debate, in particular solutions and alternative practices, by discovering, discussing, analysing and spreading local and concrete examples of alternative economic models, thereby reinforcing the perception of possible socio-environmental changes and the self-perceived ability to be part of, or generate them. The project (January 2019 – December 2020) foresees a one week youth workers’ training, an online youth training on global environmental issues, the development of an educational game in which the youth will apply knowledge and competences acquired during the training, and the organization of 4 public events to share the project’s products, results and to multiply the project’s impacts by inspiring the public.


ClimAlt project promotes youth empowerment and enhances their critical attitude towards the multiple aspects of the climate change issues by making them aware of causes, effects and real solutions under way in different countries, in order to inspire them to become actors of change. In particular, the project aims to:

  • Enhance youth critical attitude towards climate change issues
  • Increase the offer in terms of contents and tools for youth, youth workers, educators in the field of environmental education
  • Strengthen cooperation among organizations promoting climate friendly alternatives
  • Reinforce youth networking and capacity to take action and their social and political participation.


  • Youth aged 20-30: 100 from different countries selected by partner organizations, directly involved in ClimAlt activities
  • 10 Youth workers from partner’s organizations trained on gamification tools
  • 250 youth and adults reached through the 4 public events
  • 10.000 youth, youth workers, educators, students, volunteers, activists, citizens, reached through communication and dissemination activities
  • Some 15 local experiences promoted in the training activities.



Role of DOOR: 

Project duration: 
January 2019 – June 2021

Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Denmark

Interreg Italy-Croatia

Target group:
Youth aged 20-30

Project website:

Contact person for more informations:
Ana Tešija –

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ADRIADAPT – A Resilience information platform for Adriatic cities and towns


The ADRIADAPT Project aims at supporting building of local and regional resilience by developing the knowledge base required to identify suitable climate adaptation and planning options.

The goal will be supported by four actions:

  1. produce high-resolution datasets and projections that provide detailed and reliable information on climate-related impacts in the regions,
  2. create a climate information system or knowledge platform for the Adriatic region containing best practices, guidance documents, legal frameworks and climate and vulnerability studies,
  3. test and integrate the knowledge platform in select Italian and Croatian pilot cities and extended urban areas where adaptation and resilience plans will be designed and
  4. maintain and disseminate the information.


To improve the climate change monitoring and planning of adaptation measures tackling specific effects, in the cooperation area.


Role of DOOR: 

Project duration: 
January 2019 – June 2021

Italy, Croatia

Interreg Italy-Croatia

Target group:

  • Local, regional and national public authorities and related entities
  • Regional and local development agencies, environmental agencies, regional associations
  • NGOs
  • General public

Project website:

Contact person for more informations:
Ana Tešija –

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