Spanish companies are looking for Croatian partners

Like Novac written on September 23, 2020, the focus of the Croatian-Spanish Economic Forum, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in the Republic of Croatia on September 30, will present opportunities for cooperation in the field of energies renewable.

Although Croatia’s share of renewable energy sources in total consumption exceeds the EU target of 20% by the end of 2020, the potential is not even close to being used. The Spanish market is vast and requires all types of companies, from aluminum and steel fabricators to contractors, including designers and consultants.

The household equipment and services industry should participate more significantly in the European energy transition. Our companies have the knowledge and a quality partner can offer this financial strength for an additional step forward and a breakthrough into new markets.

”In its recovery plan, Croatia should focus on activities that can revive the economy, on a sustainable basis, and move closer to carbon neutrality, the goal of the European Green Deal before 2050. It’ is an excellent opportunity for national companies to find their place in the very powerful Spanish market, but also to penetrate third markets with their companies. We have a long tradition in the energy industry, but we also have something to learn from the Spaniards,” said the director of the energy sector and environmental protection of the Chamber of Commerce Croatian, Marija Sculac Domac, announcing the Croatian-Spanish Economic Forum project, and her claims are backed up by numbers.

Namely, Spanish companies own 10.5% (over 40,000 MW) of all wind power plants in the world and produce 12% of the world’s wind turbines and their parts. More than 20% of Spain’s electricity needs are met by wind farms. The development of the Spanish market is also illustrated by the fact that in 2018 they produced 84,933 GWh of electricity from wind and solar energy, while 1,686 GWh was produced in Croatia.

The envoy for trade and economy of the Embassy of Spain in Croatia. Pablo Cascon Salgado, pointed out that Croatia and Spain have many similarities in terms of climate, economic structure and business culture.

”As Mediterranean countries, we have similar conditions for the development of renewable energy sources. Therefore, the exchange of experiences and the association of companies from both countries in this sector can be of great interest to progress together towards carbon-free economies,” said Cascon Salgado.

A dozen Spanish companies have already registered with the Croatian-Spanish Economic Forum, among the leaders in the field of RES (in particular in the production of electricity from solar energy), which clearly shows the great interest cooperation with Croatian companies. Spanish multinational electricity company Iberdrola and Spain’s National Energy Institute IDAE will also participate in the forum through an online conference.

The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that the number of jobs in the renewable energy sector will increase to 42 million in the next 30 years, and the fact that it is listed as the 7th global sustainable development goal says a lot about the importance of RES.

According to the HROTE report, 72,016,131 kWh of electricity from solar power plants was produced in Croatia last year, and the total electricity production from RES increased in 2019 by 16.1% compared to the previous year. ‘last year.

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