Koprivnica is a city situated in northern Croatia, near the borders of Slovenia and Hungary. It is the 18th biggest Croatian city by size, with 30.872 citizens. First mentioned in 13th century, the city has a rich culture and history which is still preserved to this day.
Koprivnica is known as a city of knowledge, because it hosts the youngest state university, University North. But it also attracts small and medium enterprises (SMEs), thanks to its adequately developed business zones and efficient infrastructure and communal facilities. Great effort has been invested into creating a set of good basic business conditions, especially for SMEs. Thus, Koprivnica is also an entrepreneurial city, as illustrated by the presence of multinational companies such as Podravka food factory, Carlsberg brewery and Hartmann paper industry. For several years, Koprivnica has been introducing, as part of its development and city culture, the concept of sustainable development and thus created a new identity for itself as a green, energy efficient and self-sufficient city. This goal requires the implementation of aspects of sustainable development into all aspects of planning and implementation. The city of Koprivnica has been recognised at European level for its efforts in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable urban mobility, through the award of several prestigious prizes such as the European Energy Week Award 2013, the “ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award” in a competition with 224 projects from Europe, the INpuls Award 2013 by National Association of Towns and Cities for best practice in energy efficiency in a competition with 71 projects from 27 cities in Croatia and the INpuls award 2015 by National Association of Towns and Cities for best practice in smart mobility.
The LIFE FUTURE project fits perfectly with the development goals of the City of Koprivnica. Indeed, the project’s objective is to promote green public procurement which is one of the fields in which the city wants to keep up with European trends and innovations. This project will help the city to achieve the appropriate balance between the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental - when procuring goods, services or works.
» Author: LIFE FUTURE NEWSLETTER
» Publication Date: 21/04/2016
» Source: LIFE FUTURE NEWSLETTER
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