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News blog3 May 2024European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency2 min read

Where there's a will, there's a way: Turning challenges into opportunities with Gordana Lalić

Tune in the episode 7 of Remarkable Climate Leaders Podcast and discover the inspiring story of Gordana Lalić, Director of the City of Poreč-Parenzo municipal company, as she leads the charge for climate action in the Croatian town of Poreč.

MRMK Podcast ep7

In the latest episode of the REMARKABLE Leaders Podcast, we delve into the journey of Gordana Lalić, a Croatian change-maker renowned for her transformative leadership in the picturesque city of Poreč. As the Director of the City of Poreč-Parenzo municipal company, Gordana has been instrumental in spearheading initiatives that not only meet but exceed the ambitious goals set by the European Green Deal.

A city on the rise

Situated on the western coast of Croatia, Poreč is not just a quaint old town but also a pivotal tourist destination. Under Gordana's guidance, Poreč is making significant strides towards achieving the European Green Deal's emission reduction targets, with no intentions of slowing down.

Gordana's role involves coordinating and formulating energy development policies at the local level. Over the past decade, she has overseen the implementation of approximately 40 projects, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation. These efforts are all aimed at fostering sustainable development within the municipality.

One of Poreč's notable achievements is its longstanding commitment to climate planning, exemplified by its Covenant of Mayors signatory status since 2012. With a climate neutrality plan in place, the city aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, setting a commendable example for other municipalities.

Navigating challenges

Despite facing challenges such as rising energy prices, Poreč remains steadfast in prioritizing renewable energy sources. Gordana emphasizes the importance of citizen engagement in driving the energy transition, empowering individuals to become active participants in creating a sustainable future.

Through innovative projects like establishing an electric public transport service and modernizing public lighting systems, Poreč has emerged as a trailblazer in environmental sustainability. Gordana attributes much of this success to the unwavering support she has received from the city's leaderships and its residents.

Ambassador for change

As an advocate for climate action, Gordana was appointed as a European Climate Pact Ambassador in Croatia, further solidifying her commitment to driving positive change. For her, being a climate leader means seizing opportunities, fostering collaboration, and inspiring others to take action.

In Gordana's eyes, every challenge presents an opportunity, and community engagement is the key to success. Her mantra, "One that doesn't want, finds a reason; one that wants, finds a way," encapsulates her unwavering determination to overcome obstacles and create meaningful change.

From pioneering initiatives like the first-ever one-stop-shop office for photovoltaics to her relentless dedication to education and citizen empowerment, Gordana's story serves as an inspiration for climate leaders everywhere. Through her tireless efforts, she reminds us that where there is a will, there is always a way to make a difference.

Join us on the REMARKABLE Climate Leaders Podcast as we continue to explore the stories of individuals like Gordana who are shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come!

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