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Dr Kutnar at President Pahor’s pandemic recovery conference

Dr Andreja Kutnar, InnoRenew CoE director, participated in Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s conference for the after-pandemic recovery and resilience plan, held in Brdo pri Kranju.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor at the conference for the after-pandemic recovery and resilience plan. Image: Lea Primožič

The Slovenian government has prepared a draft of this plan, which needs to be submitted to the European Commission. The conference was held to gather members of President Pahor’s Consultative Committee for Climate Policy with experts from other fields to discuss and share opinions about the proposed plan. The discussion brought up interesting ideas and useful suggestions, especially from the perspective of climate policy.

Dr Kutnar highlighted the need to include principles of sustainable construction, use of renewable materials and aspects of human health and well-being in the built environment. The European Commission recognizes these topics as relevant to lowering environmental impacts as well as in the New European Bauhaus.

“Of course, in Slovenia, the renewable material that we have in abundance is wood, and I would like to see us take courage and use more of our natural material in the built environment,” said Dr Kutnar.

Dr Andreja Kutnar at the conference. Image: Lea Primožič

Conference participants expressed the wish that more events such as this would be organized in the future since breakthroughs in Slovenia can only happen through collaboration and involvement from different stakeholders.

Conference for the after-pandemic recovery and resilience plan. Image: Lea Primožič

Watch the video of the conference here.