Encouraging energy efficiency on the Brijuni Islands

Državne nekretnine made its contribution to corporate social responsibility by purchasing new electric vehicles that were delivered to our employees in Brijuni in December 2018. Such vehicles have reduced CO2 emissions, and by using them, we continue to effectively respond to the requirements of introducing cleaner transport into operations, especially when it takes place within a nature zone of a protected national park.

The main advantages of electric vehicles are that they do not emit harmful gases into the atmosphere, so their use reduces the harmful effects on the environment, as well as the consumption of non-renewable energy sources. The Spatial Plan of the “Brijuni” National Park also prescribes the protection of the islands fromnoise which, other than on the surface, also disturbs organisms under the sea, therefore the additional advantage of using electric vehicles on the Brijuni Islands is also in reducing environmental noise pollution, especially during protocol events when they are used as means of transport for guests of residential villas. In addition, electric vehicles provide greater traffic safety and they are more affordable to maintain.

With the aim of an energy-efficient approach to operations and in accordance with the objectives of the European Union, Državne nekretnine applied to the Public Call for direct co-financing of the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles to legal entities, which was published by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund on 20 June 2018. Following the decision of the Fund of 31 July 2018, we were entitled to receive a subsidy for the purchase of two energy-efficient vehicles – electric cars, based on which the Agreement on direct co-financing was signed. The electric vehicles delivered are of the Melex brand – N.Car 343 model and L7 category, which means that they belong to motor vehicles with 4 wheels whose maximum net engine power is up to 15 kW, and the mass of the empty load vehicle is up to 400 kg (up to 550 kg for vehicles used for the transport of goods), without the included mass of batteries. Compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines, these vehicles are more powerful and easier to manage.

Published 21. February 2019.