Case of the month - Šentrupert

JUNE 2014


Šentrupert EnerGreen 2025 strategic vision and policy


Šentrupert (Slovenia)

Municipality of Šentrupert

Implemented in 2010

Territorial scope
Regional and local level

Target buildings  




Public buildings

 New buildings    

Private buildings
 Existing buildings
 Industrial, services, etc.

Main Targets 

  • Achieve a 30% reduction in energy use for more than 80% of the area’s electricity use by 2025;
  • Reach 80% of renewable energy use by 2025;
  • Create savings of more than 800 tons of CO2 per year through energy efficiency standards and cogeneration implementation;
  • Increase domestic heating with wood biomass from 41% to 80%.

The municipality of Šentrupert in 2010 constructed its strategic vision and a development policy for the municipality based in five main pillars: economy, transport, environment, education and quality of life.

Focused on energy and economic potential of one of its most valuable local resources - wood - the political vision aims to plan the largest economic investments and determine the best environmental results to reaching an exemplary level of energy self-sufficiency. 

Policy Vision Development Context
Intended to be a self-sufficient and sustainable living community in 2025, the small municipality of Šentrupert has embraced an ambitious model of municipal development comprising an integrated policy and a strategic vision based in five main domains: economy, transport, environment, education and quality of life.

The referred model aims to ensure that the following strategic objectives will be easily reached in the next decade:


  • Recognition of a well regulated and pleasant living environment;
  • A community recognized through tourism and events based on tradition, culture and beautiful surroundings;
  • The economy development will accent trade, small enterprises, eco-farming and additional activities;
  • A neighbor communities cooperation through common projects.

Previously designed by the municipality and various governmental and private institutions, the policy vision implemented in 2010 aims to ensure the municipal energy self-sufficiency by using local sources, andachieve a larger purchasing power, investment and new workplaces essentially focused on the maintenance of a vital local resource – wood.

Regarding this abundant local material, some of the specific policy’s objectives include implementing local renewable energy sources (biomass and solar energy) to replace fossil fuels consumption, and then reducing environmental impacts, and providing education on energy efficiency. Overall, the policy estimates that these measures are projected to achieve a 30% reduction in energy use for more than 80% of the area’s electricity use by 2025, and reach 80% of renewable energy use by 2025.

For the building sector, the policy’s requirement for energy-efficient building renovations and energy monitoring in municipal buildings will bring long-term energy and financial savings, create new employment, and contribute to a revival of the sector. 

Local Self-sufficient pilot projects
Regarding self-sufficiency heating, electricity and appliances over the building sector, the municipality has planned a set of municipal pilot projects that intends to demonstrate the biomass potential in terms of energy use and the wood material in terms of constructive features in contemporary and vernacular revival architecture.

The most important municipal projects will be the renovation of the local primary school, a low-energy nursery built entirely of wood with a wood chip boiler, and a charging station for electric cars. Therefore it’s planned to be constructed a wood processing centre in which wood waste will emerge as source of energy, and could become a model for the rest of Slovenia.

The recovery of wooden structures as an icon of the Slovenian vernacular architecture, where the famous hayrack (a freestanding vertical drying for cereals and other foods) represents an important feature of the Slovenian ethnic area and an important example of folk architecture worth preservation. In this sense, the Šentrupert policy vision foresees the design and construction of the first open-air hayrack museum in the world, called The Land of Hayracks. The museum will educate visitors about wood, while new buildings, such as the primary school and the nursery, will showcase the use of wood in contemporary construction. 

Successful recognition
Since the implementation of this policy and strategic vision, several awards have shown that Šentrupert is an environmentally conscious and energy efficient municipality. In 2012, it received the Gold Stone award for the second most advanced municipality in Slovenia and in 2011 it also received the award for the most innovative municipality in the national context.