Historical marvel of Eastern Slovenia
Celje is a historic town in the eastern part of Slovenia with 48.776 inhabitants spread over 94,90 km2, recognized as a center of national and regional significance, as an important employment, production and service center as well as important regional transport hub.
The city’s objectives are to be sustainable, environmentally friendly, low-carbon, an urban transport hub, a green, creative and inclusive city.
Celje one of the fellow cities in POCITYF project, performing feasibility studies on solutions tested by the Lighthouse cities. During the project Celje will develop Replication Plans and City-Vision for 2050.
- Celje will focus on the main urban and environmental challenges:
reduction of air pollution with PM10 particles;
- increased energy efficiency of buildings and reduced consumption of non-renewable energy sources;
- implementation of public transport solutions;
- smart urban and spatial solutions answering the needs of different social groups;
- environmental remediation.
With sustainability in mind, Celje will address approaches that make buildings energy positive.
The activities envisaged in the Replication Plan, developed in POCITYF, coincide with the vision of the city’s development and also correspond to the vision and climate goals of Slovenia until 2050.
The first and key measure is the improvement of energy efficiency in all sectors and therefore the reduction of the use of energy and other natural resources. However, the goal for building sector is to reduce the use of final energy by 20% by 2030 compared to 2005 and to ensure a reduction of GHG emissions by at least 70% by 2030 compared to 2005. In addition, the goal is to achieve at least a 27% share of RES by 2030.
The replication plan designed as part of the POCITYF project will be fully or partially included in the strategic documents of the sustainable development of the city of Celje. Individual conceptual solutions of the replication plan, or concrete measures, within the framework of the planned activities in the municipality, will start to be implemented already during the POCITYF project. After the completion of the project the partnership between the Municipality and its supporting partners will constantly look for opportunities for financial support.
In addition to fulfilling the goals from the vision, Celje also wants to become a role model for other cities in the region, demonstrating a successful transformation into a city of the future. So after the project is finished, the city plans to expand the replication plan to other urban areas.