The Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ) was established in 2013 as part of the project Development of Energy Cooperatives in Croatia implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Croatia. Upon completion of the project, ZEZ continues to operate independently and to this day becomes the umbrella organization in the field of citizen energy in Croatia and the region.
ZEZ’s mission is to help citizens develop, invest and use renewable energy sources. Our goal is to achieve real changes in the development of energetics and the involvement of citizens in the process of energy transition. We want to enable citizens to participate in planning, decision-making, construction and energy production, as well as to participate in profit sharing. Through our activities, we encourage the development of social entrepreneurship in the energy sector, we influence social equality and protection of the environment. We develop concrete and sustainable solutions that enhance the development of your local community.
What makes us different? Our experts have experience in the development of new, innovative economic models for the use of renewable energy sources, and those models are your models – adapted to the needs and problems of your local community. We base our approach on experience and professional work in the field of energetics in Croatia, the Western Balkans and Central Asia, which we gained as part of the Energy, Environment and Innovation team in the United Nations Development Program office in Croatia and through other renowned organizations.
18 members and 18 employees – experts, activists and practitioners, with many years of experience – are directly involved in the daily work of ZEZ.
Sanela Mikulčić Šantić
Vlatka Berlan Vlahek