Energy Agency for Podravje – Institute for Sustainable Energy Use
Smetanova ulica 31, 2000 Maribor
Person responsible for project implementation: Dr. Vlasta Krmelj, Agency Director

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The mission of the Energy Agency for Podravje (EnergaP) is to spread knowledge and actively participate in the fields of efficient energy use (EEU) and renewable energy sources (RES), which also represents a development potential for the Podravje region.

Energy Agency for Podravje helps develop ideas, prepare and carry out projects and expands knowledge on efficient use of energy and renewable energy sources, leading to reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly in a field where market mechanisms are not efficient enough. It introduces citizens and companies to energy management instruments, which are of key importance for reducing energy costs and improving the competitiveness of the economic sector. The Agency offers explanations and help in implementation of European and Slovenian legislation at the local level as well as help in acquisition of financial sources, particularly pertaining to investments into EEU and RES.

EU’s goal is to ensure a long-term supply of energy for its citizens and companies at a suitable price while protecting the environment. In accordance with the objectives presented in its document by the European Commission, we want to use activities on the local level and promotion of efficient energy to reduce CO2 emissions and to contribute our share to a 20% reduction of energy use by 2010. Additionally, we want to contribute to increased use of renewable energy sources and to achieving the objective of a 12% share of renewable energy sources in energy production by 2010.

The Agency is also active in the field of sustainable transport and reducing air pollution due to traffic. Through implementation of measures on the local level we want to achieve a goal of a 20% minimum share of alternative fuels, including bio-fuels, in vehicle fuel consumption by 2020.

Thorough our work we also want to strengthen cooperation among Slovenian partners and facilitate international cooperation and cooperation with the European Commission. We feature best practice cases in the fields of EEU and RES. Our web page is regularly updated with newest information and learning materials. We organize various education courses, workshops, consultations, conferences and round table discussions for various target groups: households, the public sector, companies, craftsmen, pupils and students, farmers and those working in service industry. We publically and regularly report on implemented activities and achieved results in the field of EEU and RES in the region.

Through cooperation and active integration of citizens we would like to achieve and surpass the set environmental protection objectives and contribute our share to money savings for our own budget and to distribution of money in the region and in the state. At the same time we would like to help achieve better employment opportunities and a higher life standard in the Podravje region.

Energy Agency for Podravje was founded by the Municipality of Maribor in 2006 in cooperation with the European Commission.

About the Project Partner

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Energy Agency of Podravje (EnergaP) was founded in 2006 by the Municipality of Maribor and sixteen neighbouring municipalities in cooperation with the European Commission. The Agency’s mission is promoting knowledge and active participation in the area of efficient energy use and the use of renewable energy sources, which is also a development potential for the Podravje region.

The basic operation of the Energy Agency of Podravje is mostly aimed at establishing energy efficient management in the municipalities. However, as the Agency is aware that our actions are in the long run influenced the strongest by information and education, the Agency joined the project for establishing implementation conditions for experiential education.

Dr. Vlasta Krmelj, director of the Energy Agency of Podravje: We felt that especially the younger generations have to, through best practice examples and through experience, learn what energy conservation means and what the use of sustainable energy sources is.

In the framework of the above mentioned project, EnergaP is also carrying out a number of educational and motivational workshops and preparing materials aimed at various levels of the educational system.

Dr. Vlasta Krmelj, director of the Energy Agency of Podravje: One of those activities is cooperation with the Janko Padežnik elementary school, which, at the end of this school year, started the project “Sustainable Mobility” that is aimed at encouraging the young people to think about the problem of traffic in the cities, that it not only causes congestions, but also traffic accidents and has a number of negative effects on the environment, it causes illnesses and also takes up space that could be used for something else. So we worked together with the pupils, encouraged their creativity and thinking, and at the end of the year we organized an event devoted to sustainable mobility and named it “Going to school with bicycles and cogs”. That day all the pupils came to school on foot, on bicycles, scooters, and roller blades or by means of public transport and then the whole afternoon was devoted to sustainable mobility, environment friendly traffic and the children could create, draw and play.

At a kindergarten in Tezno EnergaP reconstructed the old boiler room, where they installed a new biomass boiler, which is also the first of its kind to be installed in a building owned by the Municipality of Maribor.

Marko Rojs, Energy Agency of Podravje: We decided to reconstruct this boiler room in order to get some more experience in the use of biomass in heating systems and as a model for other kindergartens, so that children in kindergartens can learn that there are other methods of heating.

Since the pellets are considered to be a CO2 neutral fuel, this means an annual reduction of about 40 tons of CO2 emissions. Also, we cannot ignore the fact that a 60-percent annual savings rate the investment will pay for itself within eight or nine years.

The Municipality of Maribor and the Energy Agency of Podravje both strive toward sustainable mobility, particularly due to the effects of environment pollution caused by numerous vehicles.

Dejan Kosi, Energy Agency of Podravje: We are striving to make the environment in the Municipality of Maribor as clean as possible, to make it people-friendly, so that there would be as few vehicles as possible. That is why Energetika Maribor, the Municipality of Maribor and Energy Agency Podravje decided to buy one such pilot vehicle, which operates on compressed natural gas, has good CO2 exhaust characteristics and is identical to other vehicles that run on gas, oil or diesel fuel. Elektro Maribor is already working on bringing electrical vehicles to Maribor, which are even cleaner. But I believe that we could already save Maribor’s problem by having many vehicles that run on compressed natural gas and electricity.

Natural gas is the last fossil fuel that still meets the high standards regarding the impact on the environment, so it should not be confused with liquefied petroleum gas, also known as autogas, which has for quite some time been available at select petrol stations in Slovenia.

Miran Rožman, Energetika Maribor: In Slovenia we and several other companies, Energap among them, started the project of implementing natural gas solutions into traffic. This project has been underway for almost a year. We were relatively successful and have successfully started implementing natural gas solutions into traffic. We were the first in Slovenia to set up local filling stations that provide fuel for all our vehicles. The next objective of expansion and promotion of its use in traffic is to set up a public filling station. The advantages of natural gas driven vehicles are mostly ecological and commercial, as natural gas fuelled vehicles display a significantly lower consumption compared to those running on liquefied petroleum gas and even lower compared to conventional vehicles running on petroleum or diesel.