Natural resource conservation and inner urban development
The natural environment in towns and other urban areas is under a lot of pressure, as towns are a major consumer of resources and energy. Urban development is therefore one of key areas where sustainable development measures are carried out. Particular attention is paid to maintaining the quality of natural resources, especially waters, air and soil, including through circular economy solutions.
Slovenia promotes compact and functional towns and encourages them to make better use of their inner areas for development and thus prevent the loss of agricultural and other green areas on the outskirts.
Therefore EUR 117 million of the 2014–2020 financial framework was allocated to integrated urban renewal in urban municipalities, which will help to use space more efficiently and raise the quality of the living environment in towns and improve their competitiveness.
Buildings and transport contribute the most to the high carbon footprint of towns (each around 40%). In the construction of buildings, Slovenia therefore promotes sustainable and energy-efficient approaches, and it strives to improve transport efficiency in towns and connections with the hinterland and between larger towns and cities through sustainable mobility measures.