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Croatia is the first country in the European Union to have drawn up the background for a low-carbon development strategy, which may boost Croatia's economic growth and enable a reduction in energy consumption as well as the creation of up to 100,00 "green" jobs, it was said at a conference on energy efficiency as a response to climate change, organised in Zagreb on Wednesday by the Croatian Employers' Association.

"The transition to a low-carbon economy will facilitate economic growth, with a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in the use of renewables in parallel," said Vladimir Jelavic, head of the Environment Protection Ministry's task force that has prepared the background for the low-carbon development strategy.

Jelavic said that the document addresses possibilities for Croatia to become a modern economy with low greenhouse gas emissions.

He presented three scenarios for Croatia's low-carbon development until 2030 and until 2050.

Under one of those scenarios, a gradual low-carbon transition will be carried out in a series of segments and requires great investments, including the renovation of 62% of buildings by 2050, which Jelavic finds to be a suitable option for Croatia.

Under the strong low-carbon scenario, greenhouse gas emissions must be lowered in all segments, which will be difficult for Croatia, notably for its agricultural and transport sector.

Assistant Environment Protection Minister Marija Sculac Domac said that under the Paris Agreement, Croatia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 in comparison to 1990.

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