With the support of the Mayor of Sisak Kristina Ikić Baniček, the City of Sisak is the first city in Croatia to participate in the EU project CLIKIS, which aims to improve energy efficiency in school kitchens by measuring the energy consumption of kitchen appliances and staff training. Since the goal of the European Union is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and by 2050 to establish a circular economy and reduce waste to a minimum, the significance of this project for the City of Sisak is greater. The goal of Mayor Kristina Ikić Baniček is to provide students with healthy meals through the Healthy Meal Standard project and improve the energy efficiency of school kitchens, which ultimately means considerable savings and less impact on climate change.
The project also involves partners from Germany: IZT Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and Estonia: Estonian Green Movement (EGM). The German government also supported the project through the EUKI Fund for Climate Initiative and Sustainability. The CLIKIS project is being implemented in primary schools in the City of Sisak from 2020 to 2022 with the company leader for the Republic of Croatia RED FORK, where the results will be presented at an international conference in the City of Sisak in October 2022.
In the first phase of the project, schools have already received help in preparing healthier meals, and yesterday devices were installed to measure energy consumption in the primary school kitchen of elementary school 22. Lipnja, and weekly menus, food preparation and distribution to students that day were reviewed. Goran Grgurač, Head of Education, Culture, Sports, Veterans’ Affairs and Civil Society, visited the elementary school 22. Lipnja, as the first school covered by the CLIKIS project, stated: projects aimed at strengthening healthy eating and climate efficiency are in line with the long-term strategy and action plan of the European Green Deal but also with the European strategy on health issues related to nutrition, overweight and obesity. The city of Sisak is a modern city that follows current strategic guidelines with the aim of the welfare of children.
Today we are visiting the elementary school 22. Lipnja, and after we are going to the other schools of the City of Sisak. The CLIKIS project will harmonize the requirements of a healthy and balanced diet with climate protection requirements while reducing costs that are primarily related to the school kitchens. Upon completion of the measurement, all elementary schools will also receive detailed reports on climate impact and recommendations for improvements. For the City of Sisak, this means to stand side by side with the leading activities and projects of advanced education systems in elementary schools of the European Union.