Environment

Three Slovenian cities to beat air pollution with renewables, sustainable urban mobility

slovenia measures air pollution maribor celje

Photo: alyoshine from Pixabay

Published

November 18, 2020

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

November 18, 2020

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

The Government of Slovenia has adopted plans to reduce air pollution in Maribor, Celje and Murska Sobota, based on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urban mobility. It granted EUR 63 million for the investment.

Slovenia implements air quality plans in areas with excessive concentrations of the PM10 particulate matter category. The purpose is to help comply with the allowed values ​​as soon as possible in parallel with country-wide measures, according to the government’s website.

Slovenia implements air quality plans in areas where concentrations of PM10 are exceeded

Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in Southeastern Europe.

The plans envisage expansion of the district heating and natural gas supply network

The funds for three Slovenian cities will be spent on measures in the heating and transport sector. They include energy rehabilitation of buildings and expansion of district heating and natural gas supply network, installation of new micro biomass district heating systems. The money will also be invested in the expansion and upgrades of urban transport and overhauling vehicles of urban transport companies and local municipalities.

Many measures require a minimal amount of investment but have a major impact on air quality

According to the government, many measures envisaged by the plans require a minimal amount of investment but have a major impact on air quality. They include raising awareness, education and communication.

Here is how the EUR 63 million is allocated:

  • Maribor – EUR 28.5 million (heating EUR 18 million, transport EUR 10.5 million)
  • Celje – EUR 24.7 million (heating EUR 5.5 million, transport EUR 19.2 million)
  • ​Murska Sobota – EUR 9.4 million (heating 3.7 million, transport EUR 5.7 million).

The funds are mainly secured by municipalities, and the government (EU Cohesion Fund).

Air quality plans have been prepared in cooperation with the local community, the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO) and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Global chemical and plastic pollution out of control - safe planetary boundary exceeded

Global chemical and plastic pollution out of control – safe planetary boundary exceeded

22 January 2022 - Chemical production has increased 50-fold since 1950, and projections show output may triple by 2050

Serbia scraps spatial plan Rio Tinto lithium mining project permits

Serbia scraps spatial plan for Rio Tinto’s lithium mining project, all permits

20 January 2022 - The Government of Serbia annulled its decree on the spatial plan for Rio Tinto's lithium project and met all the environmentalists' demand, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said

Montenegro declares nine energy projects as infrastructure priorities

Montenegro declares 13 energy projects as infrastructure priorities

20 January 2022 - The government's list of priority infrastructure includes 81 projects in the environmental protection sector

Used smartphones can be refurbished, and reused

Romania’s startup Recommerce to offer refurbished smartphones in ten countries in East Europe

20 January 2022 - The French retailer Carrefour has decided to offer customers refurbished smartphones in its stores in Romania