Split’s entry into EBRD Green Cities heralds massive upgrades to local water infrastructure
Thanks to funding granted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the city takes another step forward towards sustainability
- 25 oktober 2020 17:00
- Anton Stoyanov
Earlier last week, at an official ceremony Croatia’s Split became the 41st member of the EBRD Green Cities group. Split’s accession will pave the way for increased funding in the fields of sustainability and environmentally friendly policies and will significantly impact its future growth and the welfare of its population.
Water purification – a key pillar of circularity and a priority for Split
The signing of the accession agreement between the Mayor of Split Andro Krstulović Opara and Victoria Zinchuk, EBRD Head of its Zagreb Office was also accompanied by a deal for the provision of some 20 million euros in funding for the construction of the city’s new water purification plant.
The EBRD is also committed to helping Split and its surrounding municipalities with further upgrades to their water infrastructure in the future, as it stands ready to provide additional financing alongside national programmes and the EU’s Cohesion Fund. Furthermore, under the agreement, Split’s local government will have full access to a wide range of experts working at the EBRD who will help authorities forge a coherent path to becoming greener and more sustainable.
Over the last few years, the EBRD has grown to become the largest renewable energy investor in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and in Central Asia. Through its programmes, the Group wants to help cities who contribute massively to greenhouse gas emissions to quickly transition into greener economies and models. These investments, in turn, lead to even greater impact and greatly contribute not only to Europe’s but to the world’s fight against climate change.
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