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Scheme; The energy scheme shows the renewable energy system, Copyright Terme Snovik

The project represents the successful implementation of a long-held goal: exploitation of the curative thermal waters discovered at Snovik decades ago. To date the project has created about 30 new jobs directly and over 50 indirectly. The spa center (pools and apartments) are built in an energy efficient way. The larger part of energy requirements is covered with local resources - geothermal, solar energy and biomass.

I Description of the measure

Boiler; Biomass boiler, Copyright: Terme SnovikAward 2

Title in original language: Okolju prijazne in energetsko učinkovite terme Snovik

Location of CNA: Slovenia

Municipality / regional entity: Kamnik

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Tourism
Secondary field(s): Energy

Spatial scale: Regional (small scale)
Time & duration:

Start date: 25.1.2002
Duration: Long term

Key word(s): energy, thermal spa


The Thermal spa Snovik tries to be as sufficient as it can be - everything must be energy sufficient, other requirements are met on the local scale. Energy, such as geothermal and biomass, is renewable and local. They are self-promoting and are well known for their vision. Rural area, local organic food and kind people are also appreciated.


For the planning and construction of the thermal spa they made use of the latest technologies for energy-efficient and environment-friendly solutions. Only high-grade materials with the appropriate certification were employed. The construction itself was handled in stages to facilitate the implementation of the various measures targeted at energy efficiency and allow verification of the results with thermographic imaging. At the start of the works, a biological waste water treatment plant was installed and a boiler room for liquid gas was built. Liquid gas is now used as the primary energy source and also serves as a reserve to meet peak demand. When further facilities were added (swimming pool, restaurant, sauna, therapy centre), evacuated tube collectors and two heat pumps (water–water and air–water) were installed, and in the last phase of construction a biomass heating plant was also built. The apartment buildings are operated on the intelligent room/house principle.


The measures taken have had direct ecological results (significant reductions in air and water pollution, etc.) and indirect financial results (lower running costs). This has led to certification pursuant to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and the EU’s Eco-label scheme (Flower). The latter is also a valuable marketing tool to promote this new spa, which is the highest thermal spa in the Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps. This means Snovik Thermal Spa can be presented as an example of good practice on a variety of platforms. They are successfully marketing their seminar facilities by presenting the advantages of renewable energy in theory and practice to both expert and lay audiences, and a number of workshops have been held on the subject. They also organise open days to show visitors heat pumps, evacuated tube collectors,the biomass heating plant, the small hydropower plant and the biological water treatment plant.

II Assessment criteria

View; Settlement of the thermal complex, Copyright: Terme Snovik

Mitigation effects: High

In 2007 the use of renewable energy permitted heating costs to be reduced by 28 % while the total turnover increased by 36 %, and they have succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by approx. 305 tons per year.

Impacts on adaptation: Positive

The use of biomass represents a positive impact since forests in Slovenia are managed in a sustainable way. With energy saving measures and the use of renewable energy Snovik is adapting to climate change consequences by constantly reducing non renewable energy sources. With the adaptation they also avoid raising prices of non renewable energy sources.

Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Very positive
- "Other": None

All the measures taken have a positive impact on the environment. What is also an added value is the number of visitors, which can indirectly learn about it and are encouraged for energy saving and environmental friendly measures. Before the new spa was built the water left into the stream had a temperature of 32 °C, after the construction only 12 °C. Also the water from the biological water treatment plant was never polluting the stream more than allowed.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

The municipality is also included in the project, indirectly many touristic and business stakeholders are included. They are building networks and spreading the knowledge and experiences among partners and in this way encouraging them to a better environment and quality of living. With their striving for good environment they are also encouraging inhabitants to manage their forests and pastures and this biomass material than can be used in the thermal spa for heat production. The Thermal spa has created around 30 new jobs and also around 50 jobs indirectly.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Very positive
- Added value / income: Very positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Very positive
- "Other": None

With the realization of the project the result was over a million of visitors in the spa and over 50.000 overnight stays in apartments in the past 6 years. They have assured ca 30 new jobs and also over 50 indirect jobs. Profit was invested in the further development of the company and the company has made itself valued on the local, national and worldwide turistic field. With this project many common economic affects are achieved.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

All mentioned measures and results were effectively presented to the employees, a wider laic and expert public, in numerous technical publications; printed, electonic and video media also abroad. Many press conferences, open door days, workshops and presentations were organized. Snovik received an international award in the year 2008 in the frame of CIPRA's cc.alps project.

Transferability: High

All the measures and technical solutions are transferable in every environment if they fulfil the condition that all potential beneficiaries have a certain level of awareness and are willing to get new knowledge on the field. The topic is very actual and there is always an interest from different investors to see their work. There is not only interest in the field of tourism, but also other fields. Energy efficieny measures such as in Terme Snovik can be implemented in other tourist resorts as well.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High

The measures are following a climate strategy. In many cases also national competent agencies use them as a good example. They are included in the international project GreenBuilding.

Good governance: Medium


III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Private enterprises

The initiator is a private enterprise which has cooperated with local enterprises and made use of local knowledge (population).

Contact person(s):

Name: Ivan Hribar
Institution: Zarja-Kovis d.o.o.
Address: Molkova pot 5, 1240 Kamnik
Phone: +386 (01) 83 08 604
Email: [email protected]

Other contact persons:

Other contact person: Irena Sovinšek, [email protected]

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