– The idea of establishing the “International Institute for Climate Activities” is not new, but a continuation of the story started in 2012 through the “Croatian Association for Reducing the Carbon Footprint”. As such, it was a pioneer in both the topic it addressed and the specifics of establishing institutions that were tailored to the Croatian legal system. It was founded as an expert association to bridge the gap between state administration institutions (then severely under-capable) and liable “operators” with large and frequently ambiguous obligations under the air protection law.
HU-CO2 established an easier, faster, and simpler way of communicating between taxpayers and the state administration, which was approved by several excellent experts from ministries who recognized the usefulness of this approach, following the expectations and obligations set before them by the institutions of the European Union. Furthermore, HU-CO2 members were present at the signing of the agreement in Paris by which the states agreed to even more stringent obligations, and the Institute’s president became a permanent member of the World Summit in China, where she began holding a series of lectures in 2015 and 2016.
The HU-CO2 Board of Directors recommends a name change to the International Institute for Climate Activities, as well as changes to the institution’s role and composition, in order to move from mitigation to adaptation in response to the rapid developments in the field of climate change and efforts in the transition to low-carbon economic development. In addition, for effective action in accordance with the adopted Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the Law on Climate Change and Protection of the Ozone Layer of the Republic of Croatia, as well as the European Green Plan, intensive work on its implementation in the Croatian economy should be undertaken.
Helping the business community fight climate change by reducing CO2 emissions, incorporating the Low Carbon Strategy, the Adaptation Strategy, and the European Green Plan into their business plans and processes, and providing support for the Republic of Croatia’s and Europe’s sustainable – green economic development and growth while preserving the environment and climate
Help Europe become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 through the collaboration of all sectors and business communities.