What we can learn from Ljubljana, Slovenia – 2016 Green Capital of Europe

Ljubljana is the Green Capital of Europe 2016, having won this annual merit-based award by the European Commission which recognises cities’ efforts and impact in sustainable urban development. The Slovenian capital has been in the spotlight of environmental discussions at the European level, and it is proving to be a major attraction in the blooming green economy sector.

This prestigious accolade by the European community reflects the city’s active political and social engagement in creating a comprehensive solution to environmental issues via the expansion and preservation of its natural landscape. Ljubljana is keen to maintain its legacy of transparency, environmental awareness and forward-looking vision in order to retain a reliable key role in the evolution of entrepreneurial platforms like Circular Change, which is designed to develop a stronger and more valuable engagement of stakeholders looking towards a sustainable future.

On June 22nd, Zoran Janković, Mayor of Ljubljana, Tjaša Ficko, the Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana, Rudolf Jelinek, the Deputy Major of Essen (Green Capital 2017), and Michael Pollman, Hamburg’s State Secretary for Environment and Energy (Green Capital 2011), got together to discuss the challenges and lessons learned from winning the Green Capital of Europe title.

From left to right: Zoran Janković, Tjaša Ficko, Rudolf Jelinek, and Michael Pollman

From left to right: Zoran Janković, Tjaša Ficko, Rudolf Jelinek, and Michael Pollman

Listen to your citizens

The challenges that come with environmental change involving citizens, firms, and institutions are often seen as problematic or daring, but often these judgments are misperceived. Both firms and citizens will incur higher short-term costs, since changing people’s habits and raising awareness of the public is often a difficult task. But investing in higher short-term costs does not mean that moving towards a more sustainable path will not work in the future. Such is the case of Ljubljana and other award-winning cities like Essen, which prove that conflicting interests are solvable through compromise, political action and through the backing of EU regulations.

Ljubljana received tough feedback after their decision to make the city centre a pedestrian-only zone, but through active listening they realised that their citizens demanded other transport alternatives. They soon decided to open the city centre to electric cars, bicycles and buses, and then implemented electric charge zones and a bike share system.

Aside from the practical aspects, what is striking about the green city projects is that they often derive from citizen engagement and civil society groups. Over 260 proposals and ideas have been sent in by residents, showing that people are genuinely cheering for change and that they are willing to take ownership of their lives. This provides a strong signal for a more self-governing society, and shows that there is a communal will and effort to create a better quality of life.

Green means opportunity

What is clear to understand from the model green cities of Europe is that, regardless of dimension, there is an opportunity for relatively rapid, cost-efficient change that can truly lead urban environments into a better future, guaranteeing benefits to human well-being and providing breathing space for innovation.

The concept of a green city goes hand-in-hand with the Circular Economy, changing the approach to social demands and business by promoting a new model of environmental cost-saving, allowing waste to be revalued and re-circulated in the market in a profitable way while containing the supply costs of scarce resources.

“One of the most impressive factors of Ljubljana is indeed the steady rate of economic growth, 8% in 2016, breaking all previous annual records. This can be in part attributed to the enhanced investment opportunities and productivity conditions emerging from the sustainable infrastructure development which attracts and facilitates the tourism industry very present in Ljubljana. The construction of the first 5 star hotel in the capital is underway,” Tjaša Ficko, Deputy Major of Ljubljana, pointed out.

Sharing best practice is the next necessary step

The steps that are needed to go forward and preserve previous efforts are as necessary as the socio-political efforts that made Ljubljana the green capital of 2016. More financial incentives deriving from the European Union, as well as the sharing of best practice, are the main requirements to give greater impact to the implementation of sustainable projects that could help save billion euro figures.

“More relevance should also be given to the Green Capital title as a linking tool and a more direct bridge with Brussels, to make environmental policies and issues more central to the agenda and to obtain a stronger directive for stakeholders at every level: local authorities, the civil society, businesses and NGOs,” said Michael Pollmann, Hamburg State Secretary for Environment and Energy.

A consolidated network of Green Capital candidates and winners should be developed in order to learn about each other’s best practice in a way that can be mutually beneficial.

Circular Change: engaging Circular Change Pioneers

In order to continue with the success of the Green Capital and sustainable urban development, we must begin to change and open our field of view, thinking more about the positive opportunities that are at hand, waiting to be taken advantage of for the sake of the environment that ultimately affects our well-being. More alternatives and more engagement with stakeholders towards the practice of sustainability is the key to our future.

This is where Circular Change comes in, to build and consolidate a strong stakeholder engagement platform focusing on the Circular Economy. Its fundamental mission is to inform, educate, recognise leaders, interpret best practice and co-create pioneering case studies in the transition from linear to circular business models.

The Circular Change platform was established by Giacomelli media in cooperation with key international partners such as the Circle Economy from the Netherlands and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation from the UK. The goal of Circular Change is to create a competence network to assist in a successful transition to the Circular Economy, embracing its economic, societal and environmental dimensions. By doing so we are co-creating the conditions and concrete opportunities for what we consider to be good business in the near future.

To learn more about our membership programmes please visit http://www.circularchange.com/membership/ and become a Circular Change Pioneer.

(These article was writter by Giorgio Trichilo and Ana Isabel Munguia)

First Circular Change Open Circle: Ethical Shopping Workshop by FLOR

Our first Circular Change Open Circle was launched on June 23rd, 2016 with the topic of Ethical Shopping. Open Circles is a Circular Change initiative to start the conversation towards awareness and implementation of the Circular Economy. This workshop was developed in cooperation with Ivana Oven, founder of FLOR, an ethical shopping platform and organisation with the goal of helping people make more ethical shopping decisions.
Ladeja Godina Košir introducing Circular Change to the attendees

Ladeja Godina Košir introducing Circular Change to the attendees

What are Circular Change Open Circles?

Open Circles are open debates on sustainable and circular topics. As part of our stakeholder engagement activities, we will be hosting an Open Circle at least once a month, where everyone interested in joining the conversation about the Circular Economy is invited to collaborate and engage with other circular change pioneers in order to exchange experiences and ideas about the Circular Economy.

Ladeja Godina Kosir, the initiator of Circular Change, welcomed the participants and introduced the Circular Change initiative. With a glimpse of inspiration in the attendees’ eyes, Ivana then opened the floor with a key question for the audience: what do they want to change, in their lives and for the planet?

The audience’s biggest concerns were less child labour and animal exploitation, and how to be more conscientious about the impact their decisions have on the environment. They hope to have more time for their own projects, as well as to be braver and more committed and disciplined about their decision to start living a more environmentally-friendly life. They want to have a better quality of life through those decisions and they wanted the workshop to help them achieve that.

After carefully listening to the audience’s environmental concerns, Ivana proceeded by asking them about their shopping habits. All of them brought out their most recent shopping receipts, and after listing the items, she proceeded to analyse the origin and “behind-the-scenes” facts of the supply chain of the listed products. A fruitful discussion followed about every one of the list’s components such as exotic fruit, makeup, phones, transportation, animal products, palm oil, clothes, and fast consumer goods like coffee and chocolate.

Then, with the shopping habits analysis already in place, they touched on the topic of responsibility: who is responsible for the negative impacts of the products – consumers, companies and corporations, or the governments?

Most of the participants agreed that consumers have more force, but Ivana pointed out that in reality it is all of us, “What the policy makers and corporations make is a result of the consumer society’s response. Society creates everyone’s conscience. There is no pyramid; each of our actions shapes the collective conscience”.

Before creating a new ethical shopping list, she presented some ethical consumer questions:

– Do I really need it?

– Can I fix it or up cycle it?

– Can I borrow it?

– Can I buy it second-hand?

– If I buy, is it local? If it can’t be bought locally, then is it Fair Trade or direct trade?

– Does this purchase have the possibility to be zero waste? Can I reuse the packaging or could I upcycle or recycle it? 

Ivana Oven opening up the discussion of our ethical shopping habits

Ivana Oven opening up the discussion of our ethical shopping habits

The audience then divided in teams to develop their own ethical shopping list. What followed was an assessment of certain elements of ethical shopping, such as plastic recycling, and the environmental impact of our choices. Even though some tough questions were asked, Ivana did a excellent job of explaining the terminology and alternatives, and encouraging people to keep questioning, to remain curious, and to find the best solution for their preferences, situation, and lifestyle.

The results of the alternative possibilities that the attendees presented and debated were:

  • To drink tap water whenever possible because it is almost free, no extra packaging goes to waste, and there is no support for the unfair production of ingredients in juices and sodas as is the case with orange plantations, for example.
  • As it is common practice in Slovenia to grow your own vegetables, the attendees decided to grow their own food whenever possible, and to give urban gardening a try. But if that was not possible, they compromised on prioritising local seasonal beans, grains, fruit and vegetables.
  • To repair and reuse their phones for as long as possible and to buy from Fair Trade phone companies like Fairphone.
  • To reduce the use of cleaning products and cosmetics, and to try to make their own deodorants, washing powder, detergents and other cleaning products.
  • To repair their clothes, to attend clothes exchange events and try to buy second-hand wherever possible, and to monitor Fair Trade clothing companies.
  • To spend less on drinks, clothes, processed food, cleaning products and cosmetics to reduce costs, but at the same time to invest in higher quality fair products they really enjoy and to spend money on building their own projects and learning new skills.
FLOR’s philosophy encourages its audience to make mistakes; Ivana believes that even when you make mistakes you are making the right decisions 80% of the time. She reminded us that we just need to have the willingness to change our habits. As she wisely remarked, “They say that you need 20% of energy to achieve 80% of success, and 80% more energy to achieve 99%. Imagine what the world would be like if we simply used that little bit of energy and changed our habits by 80%.”

We are really excited to see the change in the conversation about sustainability and the environment. We hope that Open Circles will continue to be a space to inspire the community and future circular changemakers. For more information about our Open Circles and other Circular Change activities visit http://www.circularchange.com/membership/ or email us at join@circularchange.com

 

 

From 100% recycled steel to eco-nylon, meet Slovenia’s circular changemakers

Circular economy entrepreneurship in Slovenia is growing apace. Discover three businesses leading the way.

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, holds the coveted title of European Green Capital 2016, so this year it’s hosting many activities promoting sustainable development. More than 650 investment projects, both large and small, have been implemented so far, each aimed towards improving the quality of life of Ljubljana residents. One example, the BicikeLj bike-sharing scheme, has registered more than 1.6m journeys – close to the total number of inhabitants in Slovenia.

Tucked between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, Slovenia, a small EU country, has many reasons to develop circular business models. Most of its companies are suppliers, and as such, they are sensitive to new trends. A spirit of innovation and a large number of SMEs and startups looking for new opportunities represent the strong driving force of Slovenian entrepreneurship. Fostering collaboration and empowering cooperation between businesses, emerging innovators and the regions are crucial for the development of this new economic model.

Aquafil, Iskraemeco and Štore Steel are just three of the circular economy frontrunners based in Slovenia.

WASTE FISHING NETS

Post-consumer fishing nets. Photograph: Aquafil

Aquafil Group is a leading international player in the production of fibres and polymers, primarily Nylon 6, Dryarn and XLA, but also, more recently, it is the inventor and only producer of ECONYL, a polyamide made from 100% recycled raw materials. These materials include post-consumer fishing nets, carpets, clothing, rugs, and rigid textiles, as well as pre-consumer waste like oligomers and scraps generated by the production of Nylon 6.

ECONYL is already used in garments by brands like La Perla and Adidas, which is a great step forward in the textile sector, given that 20% of global waste comes from the textile and apparel sectors. “The demand for ecological nylon is now higher than the quantity we can produce. From the very beginning it has been highly respected by our customers and recognised as a premium material,” proudly explains Edi Kraus, CEO of Aquafil Slovenia.

THE CIRCULAR SMART METER

The Slovenian company Iskraemeco is playing a visible role in the most circular environment so far – the Netherlands. The initiative started in 2013 with the signing of a Green Deal Fair Meter between the social enterprise Waag, the companies Liander and Stedin, and the Dutch government. Following new EU regulations, all households in the Netherlands will be offered a smart meter before 2020. The Green Deal ensures that these meters will not only be smart but fair, and that with every subsequent (cost-based) product development of the smart meter in the chain, the design principles of circularity will be adhered to. The aim is that by 2020 every new smart meter produced will be made from more than 98% used resources and/or materials designed for reuse.

After a 12-month tender process, Iskraemeco was chosen as one of the Fair Meter developers and suppliers. They will deploy up to 2.5m smart meters within the five-year rollout period.

“For some months now we have been analysing all the materials and components in our smart meters. We are finding replacements for all those we identify that might not be gained or produced in a transparent, sustainable, circular and fair way, for instance if they exploit child labour or come from mines in war zones in Africa ,” explained Mojca Markizeti, Fair Meter project manager at Iskraemeco. Together with their partners in the project, they will also develop a supply chain transparency tool to enable other manufacturers to go more quickly and easily down the same path.

100% CIRCULAR STEEL INDUSTRY

The most circular sector in Slovenia, well above the global average, is the steel industry. Globally, only about 29% of steel is recycled, even though steel is 100% recyclable without loss of quality and has a potentially endless lifecycle.

“In Slovenia, every bit of around 600,000 tonnes produced per year is made from recycled (scrap) steel, which comes mainly from waste streams in Slovenia,” explained Marjan Mačkošek, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and CEO at Štore Steel. He admits that going circular is more expensive at first but believes that in the long run the shift is inevitable. “If we take Slovenia as a very good example, we don’t have any natural resources except wood, so we have already been forced for many years to use and reuse resources very rationally and to innovate as much as possible. These are our only key opportunities,” he emphasised.

ENGAGING CIRCULAR CHANGEMAKERS

Dr Janez Potocnik, Dr Maja Makovec Brencic, Ladeja Godina Kosir and Casper Jorna at the Circular Change Conference. Photograph: Matjaz Tavcar

On 6 May, an international conference, Embracing the Circular Change, took place in Ljubljana. Dr Janez Potočnik, former EU commissioner for the environment and one of the champions of the circular economy, was the main speaker and one of the panelists. The event was organised by Circular Change – a newly established stakeholder engagement platform focusing on the circular economy, with the ambition of informing, educating, recognising leaders, interpreting best practice and co-creating pioneering case studies in the transition from a linear to a circular business model. This conference was an invitation to circular changemakers to contribute to the creation of good business in the near future.

This article was originally published on The Guardian.

 

 

Ladeja Godina Košir, initiator and co-founder of Circular Change

Horizon 2020 Information Day “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Mark your agendas: 14 September 2016, Brussels – Information Day on the 2017 calls for proposals of Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.

The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the following calls for proposals to be launched in autumn 2016:

  • the “Greening the Economy” call for proposals,
  • the circular economy sub-call of “Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy”, and
  • related call topics on “Smart and Sustainable Cities”, “Sustainable Food Security – Resilient and resource-
  • efficient value chains” and “Blue Growth – Demonstrating an Ocean of Opportunities”.

Representatives of the research community, SME associations, businesses, industry and European institutions are invited to join the event on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels.

Registration will open in July.

Please check this webpage regularly: Further information on the event (programme, registration, practical information) will be published in the following weeks.

The role of innovation in the emergence of a Circular Economy: which are the highest priorities: EU_June 2016

 

 

Industrijska pridelava: V paradižniku bistveno manj kalija, v kumarah bistveno manj železa

16. Vrh kmetijskih in živilskih podjetij je tokrat potekal v znamenju domačih tem, obetavnih ekonomskih kazalcev v panogi, a tudi težavah s cenami, ki jih imajo dobavitelji velikih trgovskih verig. Foto: GZS

Nova Gorica – 1. junij 2016. »V letu 2010 smo prvič v tem stoletju zabeležili, da je rast proizvodnje kmetijskih pridelkov zaostajala za rastjo prebivalstva. Še bolj skrb zbujajoče pa je, da je že kar 60 odstotkov ekosistemov degradiranih ali pa jih uporabljamo na načine, ki niso trajnostni,« je na 16. Vrhu kmetijskih in živilskih podjetij, ki je potekal v Novi Gorici, pragmatično izpostavila Ladeja Godina Košir, voditeljica mednarodne povezovalne platforme Circular Change. Udeležence je pozvala k razmisleku in hitremu ukrepanju v smeri bolj trajnostnega in krožnega poslovanja v panogi. Dodala je več zgledov: od daljne Kitajske pa do domačih podjetij Datalaba in Smart Futuristica.

Ladeja Godina Košir, pionirka uvajanja modelov krožne ekonomije v Sloveniji in direktorica Giacomelli media, je na vrhu govorila o tem, zakaj je nujno in kako je mogoče modele krožnega gospodarstva uspešno uresničevati v agroživilstvu. »Kmetijstvo uporablja skoraj 40 odstotkov razpoložljive zemlje na našem planetu,« je izpostavila. Nobenega dvoma ni, da tudi v agroživilstvu obstoječi gospodarski model z naravnimi viri ravna neučinkovito. To se odraža tako v spremembah trendov gibanja cen virov kot v povečevanju cenovnih nihanj, kar še posebej prizadene države, ki so uvoznice hrane.

Do 70 odstotkov gnojil se izgubi v zemlji

Kar 60 odstotkov ekosistemov je degradiranih ali pa jih uporabljamo na načine, ki niso trajnostni.

Kot je pojasnila Godina Koširjeva, so posledice linearnega modela v kmetijstvu – vzemi, naredi, uporabi, zavrzi – vidne vsakodnevno in sicer v pretirani (neoptimalni) uporabi gnojil, ki pronicajo v zemljo, v pretiranem izkoriščanju zemljišč, v velikih količinah zavržene hrane in v tem, da se zelo veliko hranilnih snovi ne vrne v cikel ponovne uporabe, čeprav bi se lahko. Neprijetna dejstva je predstavila še v številkah: »V Evropi poljščine absorbirajo le 30 – 50 odstotkov uporabljenih gnojil. Od tega kar 25 odstotkov teh količin konča v delih rastlin, ki jih ne zaužijemo. In večine gnojil ne uporabimo ponovno. V EU se tako na primer kar 27,7 odstotka fosforja za vedno izgubi.«

Študije žal kažejo tudi, da industrijska proizvodnja hrane za potrošnika pomeni manj kakovostno hrano. V ZDA ugotavljajo, da je v povprečju v paradižniku danes 55 odstotkov manj kalija, v kumarah 78 odstotkov manj železa in v solati 63 odstotkov manj vitamina B kot leta 1950. Vse te negativne posledice na agroživilstvo, meni Ladeja Godina Košir, nas že zdaj morajo prisiliti v razmislek o prehodu na nove, trajnostne in bolj krožne modele poslovanja tudi v kmetijstvu. Priložnosti, je prepričana, je mogoče najti v boljšem upravljanju z zemljo, trajnostnih pristopih pri pridelavi in predelavi hrane, v tesnejšem povezovanju sistemov poljedelstva in živinoreje, zmanjševanju količine embalaže v tem sektorju, uravnoteženi prehrani in uvajanju mehanizmov in sistemov za zmanjševanje odpadne hrane.

Podatek, da potrošniki v razvitih država letno zavržemo 222 milijonov ton hrane, kar je skoraj toliko, kot je proizvedejo v podsaharski Afriki (230 milijonov ton), je grozljiv.

Našteto lahko dosežemo le s celovitim oblikovanjem ukrepov na vseh ravneh: od spodbujanja učinkovitejšega upravljanja naravnih virov in odprave „škodljivih“ subvencij ter oblikovanja spodbud za mesta, da postanejo inovacijski inkubatorji tudi na tem področju. Potrebujemo smiselne podporne ukrepe za manjše lastnike kmetij, da bodo investirali v trajnostne rešitve, in ozaveščanje potrošnikov pri izbiri zdravih in trajnostnih rešitev na področju hrane. »Ob vsem tem pa je potrebno rezultate spremljati sistematično, o njih poročati in ugotovitve uporabiti za načrtovanje novih korakov,« je v svojem nastopu povedala Ladeja Godina Košir.

Uspešna revitalizacija degradiranih območij
Da sistematičen in strateško zasnovan pristop prinaša rezultate, kaže kar nekaj primerov. Na Kitajskem so se na območju Loess Plateau (znanem tudi kot Huangtu Plateau), kjer živi približno 50 milijonov ljudi, lotili regeneracije zemlje. 1,5 milijonov hektarjev degradirane zemlje so od leta 1990 uspeli revitalizirati. S tem so kar 2,5 milijona ljudem pomagali iz revščine. Drug dober primer je ameriški trgovec Walmart (ZDA). Ta je v bližini svojih nakupovalnih središč zgradil steklenjake, da lahko zagotavlja svežo hrano.

Ladeja Godina Košir, voditeljica mednarodne povezovalne platforme Circular Change. Foto: GZS

Poleg tega se je leta 2010 zavezal, da bo od lokalnih kmetov odkupil vsaj za eno milijardo ameriških dolarjev izdelkov letno. Rezultat je, da se je trg lokalne hrane v ZDA iz štirih milijard dolarjev v letu 2002, povečal na več kot 11 milijard dolerjev v letu 2012, navaja Godina Koširjeva.

Dodaja, da pomembno vlogo pri spopadanju s prej naštetimi izzivi v agroživilstvu igra digitalizacija. »Digitalne rešitve omogočajo podporo za boljšo proizvodnjo, distribucijo in uporabo hrane. In nekaj tovrstnih, globalno atraktivnih podjetij imamo tudi v Sloveniji. Datalab je razvil digitalno rešitev Phanteon Farming za optimizacijo vseh procesov v kmetijstvu. Smart Futuristic pa je razvil aplikacijo za učinkovito alokacijo hrane pred pretečenim rokom uporabe.« Vedno pa se lahko učimo tudi od narave, kjer je vse v krogu in se nič ne izgubi.

»Smo na potovanju, ne na tekmovanju, kjer zmagovalci zahtevajo tudi poražence,« zaključuje poziv h krožnemu gospodarstvu Ladeja Godina Košir.

prof. dr. Aleš Kuhar, agrarni ekonomist

Udeleženci vrha so slišali še najnovejše ocene razmer v kmetijstvu in živilstvu ter pogledali trende poslovanja panoge v letu 2015, ki jih je pripravil prof. dr. Aleš Kuhar. Povedal je, da so cene kmetijskih proizvodov upadale do leta 2015, v zadnjem letu pa spet rastejo. »Vendar so na svetovni ravniše vedno 25 indeksnih točk nižje, kot so bile do 2011,« je pojasnil. Izpostavil je še, da so v Sloveniji cene v agroživilski verigi pod evropskim povprečjem, močno pod ostalimi državami, pa tudi nominalno so dobaviteljske cene padle.

Agregatni fizični obseg industrijske proizvodnje pa se je ponovno povečal. Pri tem je proizvodnja živil nekoliko pod povprečjem, prodaja pijač pa ponovno beleži obsežno krčenje (razlog je slaba letina zaradi slabega vremena). Število zaposlenih rahlo raste, sredstva so se znižala, prihodki od prodaje pa so opazno zrasli  – za 3,1-odstska letno (realna rast). Izvoz hrane se je realno povečal za 15 odstotkov. »To je lep rezultat, vprašanje pa je, kako je bilo to doseženo, saj ni sistematičnega usmerjanja v izvoz,« pravi prof. dr. Aleš Kuhar.

 

Letošnji 16. Vrh kmetijskih in živilskih podjetij je tokrat potekal v znamenju domačih tem: Slovenska hrana – s koreninami v preteklosti s prihodnostjo v inovacijah, Izbrana kakovost in promocija pridelkov in izdelkov prvih sektorjev ter Umestitev kmetijstva in živilstva v Strategijo pametne specializacije, izpostavljajo organizatorji Zbornica kmetijskih in živilskih podjetij (ZKŽP) pri GZS.

»Vez z lokalnimi okolji je izjemno pomembna in je velika priložnost,« je v uvodu izpostavila Anka Miklavič Lipušček, predsednica ZKŽP.

Anka Miklavič Lipušček, predsednica ZKŽP, poudarja, da je pomembno skrajševanje verige vrednosti ter izpostavlja tudi lokalno hrano v kontekstu turizma. »Priložnost za povezovanje in za umeščanje domače, kakovostne hrane med “znamenitosti” Slovenije je gotovo lahko razlog za obisk in zadovoljstvo gostov. Znak kakovosti – uveljavljen za mlekarski in mesni sektor v jeseni 2016 – pa naj prispeva k večji prepoznavnosti hrane in umeščanju na prodajne police,« je premike nanizala Miklavič Lipuščkova.

mag. Dejan Židan, Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo, gozdarstvo in prehrano

»Spodbudno je, da je v izvozu v tem sektorju zaznati rast – to pomeni, da zmagujejo kompetence. Prav tako je pomembno, da se povečuje dobiček, saj brez tega ni denarja za tehnološki razvoj in vlaganje v inovativne izdelke. Čestitke za doseženo. Panoga je zelo pomembna,« je na vrhu povedal mag. Dejan Židan, Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo, gozdarstvo in prehrano.

Napovedal je, da bo nadaljnji razvoj kmetijstva šel v več smeri. »Prvo prestrukturiranje bo v smeri – lokalna ponudba, lokalna prodaja in širitev dopolnilne dejavnosti na kmetijah.« V Sloveniji je več kot 5.000 takšnih kmetij in te kmetije lahko krizo lažje preživijo (od tega jih je 1.000 turističnih kmetij). Druga pomembna smer so lastniško povezane verige kmetij. Takšno povezovanje prav tako pomeni korak naprej, saj znižujejo tveganje in omogoča sodelovanje pri dobičkih. Tretja smer je, vidi minister, da kmetije konkurirajo z učinkovitostjo, nizkimi stroški, ampak to je povezano z veliko tveganji, kar se kaže v segmentu mlekarskih kmetij. A dodaja, da naj bi se dolgoročno to tveganje zmanjšalo. »Četrti segment pa so kmetije, kjer je kmetovanje dodatna dejavnost ob siceršnji zaposlitvi lastnikov kmetije,« je dodal.