About the project

Project areas and activities

With the activities of the LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE, the partners will address the gaps in the implementation of measures for GHG emissions reduction in sectors with the highest potential for the reduction of emissions (e.g. energy use in buildings) and in sectors where emissions are still not being reduced (e.g. road transport).

At the same time, the project will contribute significantly to the implementation of the so-called complementary activities. The development of instruments within the project will enable the mobilisation of funds from complementary funding sources for the implementation of measures.

Raising awareness and capacity building for the transition to a low-carbon society

To facilitate the transition to a low-carbon society, numerous training courses will take place. Summer schools for students, workshops for public sector employees, training courses on efficient energy management, training courses on the energy-saving renovation of public and industrial buildings, etc. will be carried out.

With a view to strengthening the activities of local communities, training courses for municipal coordinators are planned on the topics of sustainable mobility, local circular economy, the community management of living resources, food supply and energy supply.

On the basis of analyses of the existing programmes of higher education, as well as non-formal and leisure programmes on the transition to low-carbon society, recommendations for higher education will be formulated.

Four summer schools and four research camps on the transition to a low-carbon society and climate change mitigation are also planned.

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Sustainable mobility

For the promotion of sustainable mobility, a survey on values, attitudes and motives in the context of mobility will be conducted. We will seek to answer the question "Why do people travel the way they travel?". This will be the basis for the implementation of six campaigns, while different policy levels that concern active mobility will also be analysed. Recommendations for the promotion of active mobility will be formulated both on the level of policies and on the level of campaigns. A pedestrian advocacy organisation will also be established.

The main purpose of the first set of activities is to change our travel habits — to reduce daily car use and increase the share of cyclists and pedestrians. A survey on motives and values will be conducted for the purposes of the campaign for the promotion of walking and cycling for young people and young families. A pedestrian advocacy organisation and the Slovenian sustainable mobility platform will also be set up. Furthermore, support activities for municipalities will take place as part of the European Mobility Week campaign.

Building upon the integrated transport strategy guidelines will bring us one step closer to sustainable mobility. A national working group for sustainable mobility will also be established and the accessibility of public passenger transport (PPT) as well as the PPT timetable search engine will be analysed in detail with a view to improve the user experience.

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Sustainable construction and the efficient use of energy in buildings and companies

Slovenia still has to meet numerous targets that call for changes in energy consumption in all sectors. A qualitative analysis of energy-saving renovations of public buildings will therefore be performed within the framework of the efficient energy-saving building renovation and guidelines for training on energy-saving renovation will be developed.

One of the main activities is the establishment of the BIM system (Building Information Modelling). The BIM is an information platform for different planning processes. It covers project preparation, as well as project management and supervision and enables the responsiveness of the asset management system. The BIM provides an integrated and systematic approach to strategic planning, the management of energy and material efficiency and risk management.

The improved e-materials portal at the Strategic Spatial Development Division of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning will enable the substitution of design documentation with the BIM models, which in turn would significantly improve system control, reduce potential for error, and considerably speed-up the process of obtaining permits or issuing documentation. The upgrading of local energy concepts that will be integrated into numerous workshops for various sustainable construction experts is also expected.

The set of activities focuses mainly on the development of effective financial instruments, the mobilisation of other financial resources for the energy-saving renovation of residential buildings and the promotion of energy efficiency of small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the Long-Term Strategy for Mobilising Investments in the Energy Renovation of Buildings, the housing sector represents a sector with the highest energy saving potential among building renovations and is simultaneously the sector with the most pressing investment gap. The implementation of measures for GHG emissions reduction is no longer sufficiently effective.

In order to achieve a further reduction in energy use and related GHG emissions in households, the activities of this set are mainly linked to preparing a financial plan, promoting measures in households, identifying financing sources, identifying, developing and implementing effective financial mechanisms and measures for removing key obstacles in the energy-saving and integrated renovation of buildings, and ensuring incentives for project preparations and tender applications in the housing sector, as well as implementing demonstration projects.

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Green public procurement

Green public procurement capacity building is one of the most important areas as it includes 3000 entities liable for public procurement. Twenty-four workshops on green public procurement are planned and sample tender documents for buildings, furniture, vehicles and electronic equipment will be prepared.

Ongoing expert support in helpdesk form will be available to answer additional questions.

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Food waste

Greenhouse gas reduction does not solely concern the transport sector and the energy industry. Two comparative compositional analyses of bio-waste with a focus on determining food waste amounts will be carried out. On the basis of these analyses and analyses from other official databases, awareness-raising campaigns on reducing the amounts of food waste will be organised for various stakeholders (households, public establishments, food producers and food vendors, caterers, municipal utility services).

In addition to awareness-raising campaigns, a number of workshops and events on food waste reduction will be carried out for the employees of municipalities, public utility services and the business sector.

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Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)

The project also includes land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF). Within the LULUCF, the reforestation of a 5ha area in Kočevje, the revitalisation and improved use of a 4ha area of wetlands at the Ljubljana Marshes and the enhancement of a 5ha grassland area in the Goričko region will be carried out. A national plan for measuring carbon content in pilot areas (Kočevje, Ljubljana Marshes, Goričko) will also be drawn up within the LULUCF sector.

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