International conference

Conference LIFE IP Care4Climate 2022: With successful practices to climate neutrality

8 June 2022
Austria Trend hotel Ljubljana, Slovenia

The transition to a climate-neutral society is one of the priorities of both the European Union and modern society. Through their work, organizations and experts strive to pursue the set goals and implement projects that develop into good practices that need to be shared.

Join us and learn about the latest trends in sustainable mobility, green building transformation, sustainable and climate-friendly land use (LULUCF), sustainable construction and green public procurement. Listen to examples of domestic and foreign good practices and connect with leading experts in these fields. Take the opportunity to engage in discussions that will stimulate thinking and bring us closer to the set goals of climate neutrality.

Participation in the conference was organized by the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and D'Agency.


Summary of the events through video clips and statements of those present at the meeting.


Conference message and summary of events through a photographic lens.

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In a unique way, the renowned illustrators Matej de Cecco and Jernej Žumer accompanied the conference. They created illustrations that graphically emphasize and highlight the key topics of individual lectures.

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The conference brought together Slovenian and international experts who shared experience and knowledge from various fields.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Knoflacher
Leandro Madrazo, PhD

Ramon Llull University

João Bravo Dias, PhD


Josefina Lindblom, PhD

European Commission

Agnieszka Romanowicz

CINEA - European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Nataša Gerič Pal

Evitel Ltd.

Primož Zorec,

CoGreen Ltd.

Mojca Štritof-Brus, MSc

Investment Sector at the Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia

Sanja Burnazovič

Investment Sector at the Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia

Luka Mladenovič

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

Miha Tomšič, MSc

ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute

Aidan Cerar

Institute for Spatial Policies

Mojca Balant, landscape architect

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

Dr Guido Pellis

National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

Dr Boštjan Mali

Slovenian Forestry Institute

Assoc. Prof. Emil Cienciala, PhD

IFER – Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research

Marko Studen and Jernej Šipoš


Dr Marjana Šijanec Zavrl, B.Sc.

ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute

Dr Boris Sučić

Jožef Stefan Institute

Laura Saikku

Finnish Environment Institute, Finland

Dr Niamh Gibbons

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ireland


The programme took place in two parallel sets, where participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences. After the experts' lectures, we invited them on a guided tour of good practices in Ljubljana.

Introductory remarks by moderator

Moderator Ladeja Godina Košir, MSc

Let's listen to the youth
Introductory remarks by host of the event
LIFE Programme Opportunities*

Lecturer Agnieszka Romanowicz / CINEA - European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

LIFE Programme - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Best practices – possibilities – chances.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
Project LIFE IP Canemure*

Lecturer Laura Saikku / Finnish Environment Institute, Finland

Laura Saikku will speak about the learnings of networking at regional and municipal organisations and of expert organisations and about the ongoing activities that the forerunner municipalities have implemented recently.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
10:25 Green Transformation of Buildings

Moderator Miha Tomšič, MSc / ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia

10:30 Energy information systems to improve the energy performance of buildings

Lecturer Leandro Madrazo Agudin, PhD/ Ramon Llull University, Spain

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)

Effective implementation of measures to improve the energy performance of the building stock requires access to data from multiple domains, generated by various stakeholders and available in a variety of formats. Actors involved in the renovation of buildings need access to these data in a way that helps them to make informed decisions, to assess the impact of renovation measures, and to assess their implementation over time. The aim of this talk is to present some of the energy information systems developed by the ARC research group in recent years.

11:00 Energy Communities as an Instrument of the Green Transformation of Urban Areas

Lecturer Dr Boris Sučić / Jožef Stefan Institute

In the context of reaching the energy and climate targets defined in the Slovenian National Energy and Climate Plan, it has been recognised that smart energy communities have the potential to connect local inhabitants (municipalities), network operators (electricity, natural gas, district heating), energy-intensive industries, and energy service providers in a sustainable manner by providing a framework for the implementation of advanced projects. This presentation objectively presents the challenges of the future development of energy communities as an instrument of the green transformation of urban areas on the way to achieving the common goals of a just transition to a climate-neutral society by 2050.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
11:15 Cukrarna

Lecturers Marko Studen in Jernej Šipoš / Scapelab, Slovenia

The building of the former sugar refinery, which is protected as a cultural monument, was fully renovated in terms of statics and energy performance and was given a new purpose. It is now a modern renovated building with a completely new public programme. You’ll explore ideas, requirements and constraints which had to be tackled in the renovation of Cukrarna.

11:30 Creating Positive Energy Districts in Heritage Cities: The case study of Évora in the POCITYF H2020 project

Lecturer João Bravo Dias, PhD / EDP NEW, Portugal

The POCITYF project aims to create Positive Energy Districts (PED) in heritage protected cities. Évora (Portugal), one of the two lighthouse cities in the project, is developing and installing a set of innovative solutions which will make Évora a PED while preserving its historical city centre. In this presentation, we will show the solutions being developed in Évora (namely, Building Integrated Photovoltaic Solutions, a Community Solar Farm, and 2nd life batteries) and how they will contribute to making Évora a PED.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)

Moderator Miha Tomšič, MSc / ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia

13:00 The life-cycle performance of buildings – the link between circularity and whole-life carbon emissions*

Lecturer Josefina Lindblom, PhD / European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment, Belgium

The building sector consumes a large part of our resources and produces a lot of waste. This results in carbon emissions and other pressures on the environment. Circularity can substantially improve the life-cycle performance of buildings. The EU assessment framework Level(s) is used as a basis for bringing this thinking into EU building policy.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
13:30 Slovenian Sustainable Construction Indicators

Lecturer Dr Marjana Šijanec Zavrl, B.Sc. / ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia

The Slovenian indicators of sustainable construction (SLO kTG) which are being developed within the LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE project represent a national adaptation of the Level(s) European framework. In the development of indicators for Slovenia, the emphasis is on the unification of the starting points, data sources and procedures for determining the values of individual indicators, which we would like to refer as far as possible to national legislation in the field of construction, to computational methods and software tools in our area, and to established procedures for planning and, later, also for construction. Stakeholders are involved in many different ways in the development of indicators and the supporting environment. The alpha version of the SLO kTG has been available to professionals for first trials from the end of 2021 to mid-2022 on an online platform ( The beta version of the SLO kTG is envisaged for selected pilot projects in 2023 and 2024. This paper summarises the first experiences and the reactions of future users.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
13:45 Hempcrete

Lecturers Primož Zorec, / CoGreen Ltd., Slovenia and Nataša Gerič Pal / Evitel Ltd., Slovenia

In the transition to a circular economy, the use of natural, less invasive construction methods is an important niche market in preserving cultural heritage, improving quality of life and achieving Slovenia’s goals for its transition into a low-carbon society. The Goričke Iže Resort in Križevci is a perfect example of a tourist destination with a comprehensive approach and environmentally friendly construction of hempcrete houses. During the lecture the following will be presented: the composition of hempcrete and the methods of its installation and the possible ways of using hempcrete as an insulation element and its potential in the concept of green public procurement for design and construction projects.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
14:00 Investments in public rental housing – legislative, sustainable and development effects

Lecturers Sanja Burnazovič and Mojca Štritof-Brus, MSc / Investment Sector at the Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, public fund, Slovenia

The Housing Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, a public fund, as the main authority for the implementation of housing policy measures and activities at the national level, builds neighbourhoods and apartment buildings in order to solve the housing problems of targeted vulnerable groups, such as young people, young families, families and older people, with a strong emphasis on ensuring high-quality housing and sustainable construction. Public housing should provide a quality built environment for several generations. In this context, the Housing Fund promotes the development of sustainable construction in terms of architecture, execution of works, maintenance of buildings, education of tenants and managers, more renewable energy sources, and environmentally acceptable renewable materials. The Housing Fund participates in international and national education programmes, R&D projects and drafting of legislation and promotes good practice through green public procurement and green project solutions and pilot projects. It also develops and promotes IT-enabled business processes in the fields of public housing records, housing construction, housing management and housing rental and aims to identify, transfer and test innovative, community-based and sustainable housing models and solutions.

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14:30 BREAK

The epilogue of the conference will conclude with a discussion in which the moderators of individual sections will highlight good examples of their content areas and find parallels between them. We will strive to find an answer to the question of how exposing good practices can contribute to achieving the goal of climate neutrality and what is in store for us in this area in the near future.


Organizator Umanotera, Slovenia

After the conference, you are cordially invited to visit some examples of good climate practice in Ljubljana. You’ll travel from the conference venue to the city centre by rented bicycle. Along the way, you’ll learn more about sustainable mobility in Ljubljana, visit an experimental sustainable production site, take a peek into the library of things and finish your day with a cup of fair-trade coffee. Climate-friendly snacks will help you keep your energy levels high.

The trip will take around two hours. It will be organised by Umanotera, the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, in cooperation with local experts. The number of participants is limited to 25.

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* the lecture takes place online


Moderator Luka Mladenovič / Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS), Slovenia

10:30 Climate neutrality cannot be achieved without a paradigm shift in urban planning and transport: Fundamentals, Implementation and Practical Experience

Lecturer Prof Dr Hermann Knoflacher / Austria

The 20th century transport paradigm, with its undesirable threatening consequences for the environment, the local economy and the social system, is based on untested assumptions and unauthorized extrapolations of individual experiences to the system and false system delimitations.

Sustainable mobility good practices - reducing GHG emissions in the cities can only be successful if they are based on a scientifically and empirically validated paradigm that considers the consequential effects of the measures. That this works is proven by 40 years of experience with its application.

In the lecture, the basics of this paradigm and the results from cities will be presented.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
11:15 Zone of Safe School Access

Lecturer Aidan Cerar / Institute for Spatial Policies (IPOP), Slovenia

While almost everyone used to walk to school, nowadays many children are driven to school by their parents. Therefore chaotic manoeuvring of cars and children running between cars are a common sight in Slovenian school yards. Parents explain that they drive their children to school because the alternatives are not safe for children. However, it is the parents’ cars that are the real danger. In light of this, IPoP has launched a campaign called the Zone of Safe School Access, which restricts access to schools for cars. Data shows that during the campaign more children have walked or cycled to school and fewer have arrived by car. Furthermore, most parents are satisfied with this measure.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
11:30 People-friendly traffic areas

Lecturer Mojca Balant, landscape architect, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS)

The presentation will address the approach to transformation of street areas based on traffic calming principles, the elimination of transit traffic in residential areas and the transformation of traffic areas into public spaces. Expert starting points and some examples of transformation from Slovenia will also be presented.

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Moderator Dr Boštjan Mali / Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia

13:00 EU LULUCF policy and perspectives from Finland regarding efforts in the LULUCF sector

Lecturer Dr Lotta Heikkonnen / Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Dr Heikkonnen will discuss the EU Climate policy and Fit for 55 package from the LULUCF point of view and observations regarding the Commission proposal for the revision of LULUCF regulation. She will also introduce the Finnish national climate goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, how the land use sector can contribute thereto, and the current measures planned in the land use sector.

(PowerPoint presentation)
13:30 Will the forestry sector support or complicate meeting the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets? A case from Central Europe.

Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Emil Cienciala, PhD / IFER – Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research, Czech Republic

This presentation will discuss the ambiguous role of forestry in meeting the general expectations in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the coming decade. Based upon the example of the forestry situation in the Czech Republic, we will assess the current climate mitigation challenges and the increasing importance of forest adaptation.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
13:45 The CAP effect on Italian GHG emissions: a focus on LULUCF

Lecturer Dr Guido Pellis / National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Italy

In recent years, Italy has succeeded in including in the national GHG inventory, the contribution of policies and measures planned under the CAP and adopted at the national level. In particular, the most relevant, for the LULUCF sector are related to the management practices (i.e. organic farming, conservative and sustainable agriculture, set-aside) implemented for areas subject to cropland and grazing land management. The above-mentioned management practices contribute to an increase in soil carbon stocks, resulting in the enhancement of CO2 removals from the soils pool under the CM and GM.

(VIDEO) (PowerPoint presentation)
14:00 Ireland’s National Land Use Review

Lecturer Dr Niamh Gibbons / Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ireland

Ireland is currently undertaking a national land use review so that optimal land use options inform all relevant government decisions. The review will balance environmental, social, and economic considerations and will include consideration of emissions to air and water, carbon sequestration, and climate adaptation challenges. The review has been broken into two phases. The first phase, ‘Evidence Gathering’, is currently underway and focusses on four aspects of land-use: people, policy, indicators, and suitability. The second phase, ‘Land-use Strategy’, will build on the evidence from Phase 1. This presentation will discuss the aims and objectives in more detail and provide a summary of progress to date.

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