Municipality of Litija finalizing their SEAP

Municipality of Litija finalizing their SEAP
Published by Suzana Vurunić on 30/03/2015

Municipality of Litija lies in the eastern part of the Posavsko hills in the middle of Slovenia where there is also a geometrical center of the country. It is located in the area called the Heart of Slovenia. After the construction of the Southern railway Litija became much more important than the neighboring Šmartno which was the main town of the region until then. Construction of the railway caused a demise of many of the traditional trades and crafts such as rafting, but at the same time, it also caused a development of new trades especially mining as well as textile and wood industry. The main road Ljubljana–Trbovlje and railway Ljubljana–Zidani Most cut through the valley in which municipality is located. The road is heavily congested with daily migrants going to and from Ljubljana.

Territory of the municipality spans over 227 km2 over which there are 107 agglomerations joined in 12 local communities. By size, municipality is ranked 24th among all Slovenian municipalities. In the year 2010 it had 14.850 residents. The number of residents ranked it on 35th place among Slovenian municipalities. With an average of 67 people residing per square kilometer its population density is almost a third lower than the national average. Half of residents live in municipality capital Litija. Other important settlements are Kresnice, Jevnica, Vače and Kresniški vrh.

Among population aged between 15 and 64 years around 62 % were employed or self-employed (economically active) in the year 2010. Every second resident owned an averagely 9 years old car. An average of 372 kg of communal waste was collected per resident in the year 2010, which is 17 kg less than the national average.

Sweeping and soaring landscape offers numerous possibilities for hiking and recreation and the whole area is crisscrossed with cycling and hiking routes as well as tourist farms. The most famous hiking event is Levstiks march from Litija to Čatež.

Municipality buildings consume 6.131.148 kWh of heat and 537.064 kWh of electric energy per year (data for year 2010 which lacks data for 7 out of a total of 17 municipal buildings). Most of municipality buildings are still heated by heating oil (87 % of all heat energy is through the use of heating oil) and are not energy efficient and therefore bare great potential for municipality investments in the energetics field that can also lead to considerable financial savings. Total emission from municipality building in year 2010 amounted to 1.633,36 tons.

Apartment buildings in Municipality of Litija consumed 99.000.000 kWh of heat and 29.746.440 kWh of electric energy. Total CO2 emissions of apartment buildings amount to 22.145,85 We must emphasize that almost half of the heating energy produced by the residents is from wood biomass, which is neutral as far as CO2 emissions are concerned.

Traffic is a major challenge for the municipality, however due to lack of more specific data, we used data from the national level that we generalized for the Municipality of Litija. Traffic presents an average of 30 to 40 % of primary use of energy and is at the same time the only sector in Slovenia where energy consumption is not reducing, thus any measures in the field of mobility are difficult both financial and organizational. It is estimated that energy consumption of cars alone in Litija amounts to 71.223.802,21 kWh and CO2 emissions to 18.463,38 tones.

In September 2014 municipality was one of the first three municipalities in Slovenia to join 100 % RES Communities movement. Municipality is currently preparing its SEAP and very soon Litija also plans to join Covenant of Mayors and RURENER network.

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Author: Gašper Kleč