Climate change indicators for Maribor for the period 1951-2015 show, among other things, a marked increase in average annual temperatures and an increase in summer heat loads.
The main risks associated with these changes are excessive heat stress on people and ecosystems, and the resulting negative health impacts. The problem isn’t just the short-term exposure to heat, but the lack of opportunity to cool down. Long-term lack of relief makes it harder for people to use their physical resilience and body composition to fight the effects of heat.
Densely built-up urban areas are particularly problematic, with the so-called urban heat island effect adding to local temperatures. Bus stops and pavements expose people to extreme heat. Shade helps provide some relief, but it’s often lacking in public spaces. Among such public places are also bus stops where there is currently almost no shade from the sun.
As part of the MISSION CE CLIMATE pilot, we will develop, implement and test nature-based solutions in the field of combating urban heat islands at selected bus stops. This will help to reduce the heat island effect at selected locations. With the pilot action, we will influence the well-being of citizens using public transport, especially vulnerable groups (children, young and elderly) who are the most frequent users. By measuring temperature and air quality, various data will be processed and published as open data. This activity will increase citizens’ awareness of environmental issues and promote stakeholder engagement.
Pilot activities will start in 2024 and continue until the end of 2025.