Slovenias operational plan for greenhouse gases was adopted in December 2014. It defines indicative 2030 emissions targets for all sectors. Since the plan was approved, the Slovenian government has adopted several additional strategic documents to meet 2020 energy and climate targets and implement EU Directives in the field of energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy, most of which also contain a 2030 perspective. To meet its climate change mitigation obligations, Slovenia urgently needs to build a nexus between sustainable transport, energy efficiency, renewable energies and sustainable, climate-protecting land use that strengthens biodiversity. In particular, it must define measures to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in line with EU policy, and speed up the implementation of the adopted measures, integrating all linked impacts, to ensure synergies and mobilise all possible (non-LIFE) funds needed to fill in this implementation gap.
The LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE project supports the implementation of Slovenias operational plan for greenhouse gases and national action plan on energy efficiency 2014-2020. It will tackle implementation gaps and bottlenecks to enable 2030 targets in the plans to be met quicker and most cost effectively. The project will increase resources and competencies to enable measures to be well-prepared and implementation to be better coordinated. This will involve a focus on improving stakeholder capacity and involvement and on the modernisation of organisational procedures for the preparation of new legal instruments. A third objective is to set up an efficient monitoring system for the implementation of the measures foreseen in the operational plan for greenhouse gases, including monitoring of carbon dioxide emission sinks, systematic monitoring of the effectiveness of awareness-raising and training activities, and monitoring of green public procurement uptake. LIFE IP CARE4CLIMATE will also mobilise complementary sources of funding to ensure cross-sectoral emissions reduction and contribute to related objectives including climate change adaptation, lowering air pollution pollutant emissions, and the provision of a reliable energy supply. Expected results: six annual active mobility campaigns and 150 municipal sustainable mobility projects will lead to a 5% increase in active mobility and a 40% increase in participation in the European Mobility Week; 350 000 people will be made aware of sustainable mobility modes and there will be a 10% increase in their use; a 10% increase in use of renewable energy sources in transport, a 3% annual increase in public passenger transport, a 10% increase in the number of bus stops and, in the city centre of Maribor, a 10% reduction in motorised personal transport; training and capacity-building for the transition to a low-carbon society: training courses on 13 low-carbon society and green public procurement topics for public servants and community managers; low carbon society summer schools and research camps; 8 green public procurement community projects; educational materials and updated vocational standards; a comprehensive system for the quality management of energy renovations of public buildings, guidelines for energy efficiency in building renovation, 3 local energy efficiency pilot projects and local energy concept workshops; creation of a national heat map, a heating and cooling action plan through 2030 and a national heating and cooling strategy to 2050; a financial plan for energy efficiency in the building sector and a plan for sustainable building renovation for 2020-2030; a residential building support scheme with new financial instruments, which will be tested through a demonstration project for a multi-apartment building; surveys on climate change mitigation measures in the residential sector and a scheme to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in small- and medium-size enterprises and industry; a consultation process on planning sustainable building renovation finances; monitoring and prevention of food waste, including through increased public awareness; carbon stock monitoring for the land use, land use change and forestry sector. Small-scale reforestation and rewetting projects and improvements in grassland habitats will increase carbon sequestration in Slovenia;
In total, project actions will reduce greenhouse gases by 13 kilotons of carbon dioxide per year and energy consumption by more than 1.6 million kwh per year In addition to the IP budget itself the project will facilitate the coordinated use of approx. 211 million of complementary funding from ERDF, ESF, and Cohesion Funds as well as national and private funds, as applicable.