About 5,000 employees migrate to the Trata industrial area (IA) in Škofja Loka every day. According to the estimates of the participating companies (Knauf Insulation, LTH Castings, SIBO G, September 2021), 94% of their employees come to work by car, causing traffic jams, influencing traffic safety, worsening quality of life, and raising greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the project is to tackle the challenge by encouraging employees to travel to and from work in a sustainable way. One of the results of achieving the goal will be the preparation of mobility plans for three companies in project partnership, while measures will be set for the wider industrial area, which will also have an impact on other companies operating in the IA Trata area. The key approaches for achieving the goal of reducing the car travel to work in the IA Trata area are:
- Coordinated infrastructural, promotional, organizational measures and equipment purchase measures. In this way, the potential effects of infrastructural measures and equipment purchase measures are used to the maximum extent, and at the same time, organizational and promotional measures are very economical in terms of comparing effects and costs.
- Communication and participation. Since the potential actors of the measures implementation (companies and employees) will be involved in the preparation, design and implementation of the measures, they will better understand their purpose and expected results.
- Addressing areas through major employers. The IA Trata area is being addressed through the preparation of mobility plans for three participating companies, but the effects of the measures, mainly infrastructural and organizational, as well as through the purchase of equipment, will also affect the situation in the rest of the IA Trata and travel habits of employees of the other companies to industrial zones and beyond in the local community.
- Since there are no guidelines for solving the challenges of sustainable mobility at the IA level in Slovenia, we will prepare them in the framework of the project, based on the implementation of project activities. The guidelines will also be based on the identification of good practice from abroad we will learn about on study visit.
- Based on the identified good practices, we’ll make a digital collection of good practices, which will be intended for other local communities and industrial zones, enabling them to successfully tackle challenges, regarding heavy traffic loads in business zones.
- At the business level in Slovenia, there are no designated mobility managers who would deal with sustainable mobility. We will introduce them on a pilot basis as part of the project implementation and measure the results.
Expected project results:
- An increase in the share of employees, using sustainable forms of mobility for commuting and business trips by at least 4%;
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the area of the Trata industrial zone.
- Municipality of Škofja Loka – lead partner
- RA Sora (Development agency Sora d.o.o.)
- IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policies
- CIPRA Slovenia, Society for the Protection of the Alps
- KNAUF INSULATION, d.o.o.
- SIBO G. Development and production of packaging d.o.o.
- LTH Castings d.o.o.
- CYPRA International
Duration: 10/22 – 04/24
The project Trata, an industrial zone for the 21st Century [TRATA 2.1] is co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with the resources of the EEA Financial Mechanism in the amount of €1,070,023.60. The purpose of the project is to solve the challenges of sustainable mobility in IA Trata.
Photo: Urška Didovič