Green aims

Sustainable mobility aims

The new Sustainable Mobility Plan (SMP) emphasises the promotion of sustainable forms of mobility and restriction of private motorised transport.

The SMP aims, by 2015, to increase walking by 20%, cycling by 40% and bus journeys by 50%, and at the same time reduce the number of car journeys by 20%. The aim by 2020 is to improve the distribution of mobility – a third by public transport, a third by non-motorised means and a third by private vehicles.


Background Documentation for the Regulation of Public Transport in the Ljubljana Urban Region

In 2010 we drew up Background Documentation for the Regulation of Public Transport in the Ljubljana Urban Region in collaboration with the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RDA LUR). We highlighted six key projects that will be implemented over next two decades:

  • creation of 38 intermodal transfer points within the Ljubljana Urban Region (by 2017);
  • establishment of modern high-speed public transport routes (by 2020); 
  • modernisation of railway infrastructure (by 2026); 
  • design and implementation of additional cyclists and pedestrians connections in urban centres in the region (by 2020); 
  • constant promotion of public transport; 
  • establishment of a regional coordinating body to direct the public transport development. 


Energy efficiency aims

Ljubljana has a Sustainable Energy Action Plan to 2020.

 This document, adopted by the City Council in 2011, is a modern concept of energy supply and use:

  • substitution of environmentally less friendly fossil fuels with acceptable alternatives,
  • improvement of the efficiency of energy conversions,
  • energy use reduction in all segments of consumption,
  • intensive introduction of technologies for the exploitation of RES.

The SEAP was prepared by an expert group consisting of representatives of the city administration, the public companies (Snaga, Energetika, TE-TOL), Elektro Ljubljana, Ljubljana Technology Park, Ministry of the Economy, Boson d.o.o. and the University of Ljubljana.

The fundamental objectives of energy planning up to 2020:

  • 25 percent share of renewable energy in final energy consumption,
  • 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency,
  • reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.

Effects of the SEAP up to 2020:

  • reductions of final energy consumption of heat use of buildings and fuels in transport. Total final energy consumption will be reduced by 16%;
  • the use of RES will be achieved through the introduction of biofuels in transport and the introduction of wood biomass in the heat and electricity supply segment, the increased use of solar energy, the installation of heat pumps and the construction of hydroelectric plants. By these measures we will achieve a 21% share of RES in final energy use;
  • reduction of CO2 by 30% – this target goes beyond our commitment from the Covenant of Mayors.


Waste management aims

Ljubljana is distinguished by a sophisticated waste management system which produces excellent results: 63 % material recovery in 2014. Such a high share of separately collected waste puts Ljubljana in a leading position among European Union capitals. In the last ten years, the quantity of separately collected waste has increased almost ten-fold, while common European commitments — prevention of waste generation, re-use and maximum material recovery — are also being effectively fulfilled with the implementation of a zero-waste strategy. Ljubljana, European Green Capital 2016, is also the first European capital on its way towards a zero-waste society.

With the adoption of this strategy, Ljubljana made a commitment to collect at least three quarters of separately collected waste by 2025, to produce less than 60 kg of residual waste per citizen and to dispose of less than 30 kg of waste per citizen. 

While Ljubljana is the proud holder of the European Green Capital title, a Regional Waste Management Centre is also opening its doors in the city. The RCERO upgrading project is the largest cohesion and environmental project in Slovenia and will solve the waste problems of one third of the country.The key part of the regional centre is three facilities intended for mechanical-biological processing of waste, for separately collected biological waste from which compost can be produced, and for residual municipal waste. The centre will use the most advanced and sustainable technology for waste management in Europe and ensure green jobs. With a special learning trail, it will also bring the waste management perspective closer to people in a creative way.


Waste water management aims

Construction of phase III of the Ljubljana Central Treatment Plant (CTP) is one of the largest environmental projects in Ljubljana. In this project we envisage processes optimisation and efficient use of capacities of facilities and installations, as well as greater energy self-sufficiency of CTP Ljubljana. We are currently drawing up planning and investment documentation and ensuring financing (EU Cohesion Fund).

Before the end of 2015 we are planning to upgrade the urban waste water discharge system in the neighbouring municipalities of Medvode and Vodice and construct the C0 connection channel in Ljubljana.

As part of the project we will build the C0 connection channel from Brod to Sneberje. This will enable the connection of settlements from neighbouring municipalities to the central sewerage system of the City of Ljubljana, with treatment at CTP Ljubljana. Construction of a channel approximately 10.5 km long is estimated at €13.8 million.

In addition to greater accessibility to the sewerage system, construction of the C0 collector will enable improved management of the sewerage system:

  • relieving the pressure on the central sewerage system: we will reduce the inflow of waste water that is currently pumped from lower-lying areas along the Sava into the central sewerage system and flows into collector A0 in the city centre, on the left bank of the river Ljubljanica,
  • optimisation and reduction of operating costs of the central sewerage system. As a result of the gravitational discharge of waste water through the C0 collector and the consequent decommissioning of currently operating facilities (TP Črnuče and TP Brod, the Savlje, Mala Vas, Tomačevo, Jarše and Sneberje pumping stations, and, in part, the A2 pumping station), the operating costs of the system will fall. From 2015 onwards treatment in a single location will be even more rational, at the same time ensuring better management and control. 


Aims to preserve natural water sources

Short-term objectives (up to 5 years):

  • further improvement of water supply system monitoring,
  • installation of more energy-efficient water pumping facilities,
  • optimisation of the water supply system operating mode under changed operating conditions,
  • informing users about the use of modern environmentally friendly solutions in the field of water supply and waste water/rainwater drainage,
  • upgrading monitoring of drinking water yield and compliance in reservoirs and the network,
  • further improvement of controls in water protection zones,
  • revision of security plans.

Long-term objectives (over 5 years):

  • optimisation of the water supply system operating mode under changed operating conditions,
  • acceleration of repairs to the water supply network and taking into account technical criteria for the planning and implementation of repairs,
  • informing users about the importance of long-term conservation of natural water sources and water saving,
  • maintaining the role of water protection zones and the yield and quality of water sources, 
  • adaptation of drinking water supply systems to climate change,
  • improving the security of drinking water supply from the point of view of discovering, researching and protecting new and reserve water sources and the planning of existing and new water supply systems.

We also have long-term plans for drinking water supply up to 2050. Reducing drinking water consumption will be the result of measures such as a major overhaul of the water supply network, which will contribute to reducing losses to 5% of pumped water by 2050. We’ll achieve this effect with the introduction of the latest flow and pressure regulation technologies and the introduction of new elements to our operating model, in particular the division of the water supply network into zones, an efficient metering system and remote readings, enabling users to be clearly aware of the (financial) consequences of irresponsible use of water.


Nature and biodiversity aims by 2018

  • Preparation of a programme for the protection of valuable natural features for the period 2014–2020.
  • Preparation of a biodiversity conservation strategy for Ljubljana.
  • Appointment of a manager for the Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski Hrib Nature Park.
  • Adoption of a management plan for the Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski Hrib Nature Park.
  • Protection of additional valuable natural features of local importance. 
  • Revitalisation of degraded ecosystems. 
  • Nature conservation monitoring.
  • Further purchases of land in protected areas and special-purpose forest areas. 
  • Co-financing for the international EMoNFUr (LIFE+) project.
  • Continued provision of information to the public and workshops for young people.

The following measures are envisaged in the management of the Nature Park Ljubljansko Barje:

  • adoption of a management plan (expected by the end of 2013),
  • mapping and cataloguing of important areas, 
  • protection of cultural landscape/heritage,
  • support for traditional events organised by NGOs operating in the park area, 
  • management of park infrastructure, preparation of a regulatory plan, creation of rest areas and a tourist information centre,
  • introduction of a nature warden service,
  • information campaigns on the website, printed material, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, etc.