Green Cities Fit for Life

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The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, is located in the centre of the country and has a population of 267,760. It is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative centre of Slovenia, independent since 1991.

Water management & waste water treatment

Ljubljana aims to be a very water efficient city; it has made significant progress to date and plans to set challenging objectives for the future.

Even though household consumption in Ljubljana is very good, in terms of European average, Ljubljana has long term plans to reduce it by 34%. Moreover, water losses have already been reduced by 57% between 1994 and 2004. But the city wants to go even further and achieve a figure of only 5% of leakage by 2050

Energy performance

The city is very focused on the development of renewable energy. Ljubljana has prepared a Sustainable Energy Action Plan, launched in 2011, which will last 9 years. Its objectives are to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%, to achieve a 21% Renewable Energy Share in final energy use and also reduce the final energy consumption of buildings and transport by 16%.

Local transport

 Ljubljana Public Bicycle Scheme

Cyclists in Ljubljana © Ljubljana

Ljubljana adopted a Sustainable Mobility Plan in 2012, with objectives that are clear, ambitious and well tailored to the local area. The Plan aims to increase the use of sustainable urban transport (walking, cycling, bus) and to decrease car journeys (by 20%), between 2008 and 2015, in order to make the modal split between these three modes equal, by 2020. Targets for  local transport to improve air quality are also included in the Plan; for instance 50 % of the bus fleet will have to be methane-powered by 2015 and 1,400 charging stations for electric vehicles will be set.

Green Urban Areas

Ljubljana is a city of green space with this large continuous green space stretching for 35 km; it is an attractive feature for the city. The space is popular for walking, sports and cycling, and it also serves to connect other green spaces in the city. It is also the longest tree-lined avenue in the city, with 7,000 trees and numerous memorials, rest points and other features.