Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Improving living conditions while reducing energy consumption and emissions: example of complete energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings in Velenje

Organisation: Umanotera Website: Added: July 11, 2023
Project start date: May 15, 2018
Project end date: October 15, 2018


In the coal-mining town of Velenje in Savinjsko-Šaleška region, three municipality owned multi-apartment buildings that required the installation of energy efficiency features, were subject to complete energy renovation. By reducing thermal energy consumption (savings of 48 to 64 kwh per m2 of conditioned building area) and replacing building furniture, the renovation (potentially) improved living conditions of 161 households, while simultaneously contributing to climate change mitigation. Additionaly, the project resulted in reduction of maintenance problems and costs of managing, maintaining and operating the buildings.

Financial data

Total value of the project amounted to € 775.814, of which € 327.944 (42,3 %) was co-financed from the EU Cohesion fund.


Projects that make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change while simultaneously improving people's quality of life, such as deep energy renovation of residential buildings, should receive substantial support. Such projects are a prerequisite for social acceptance and thus for the success of the green transition. In addition, building renovation projects can be further improved by including blue and green infrastructure measures in the surrounding of the building in order to facilitate adaptation to climate change and improve the quality of life for the community. Moreover, it is important to make sure that the community is involved in the process from the very beginning of the project preparation.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.