On November 4th, over 50 people interested in the CLIKIS NETWORK project participated in our conference.

CLIKIS conference in Sisak – promo video

The conference started with opening speeches from Mr Branimir Spajić, CLIKIS coordinator for Croatia, Ms Kristina Ikić-Baniček the mayor of Sisak, and from Dr. Michael Scharp of the IZT.

Mr Spajić opened with information about the project, and the overwhelming support from the Mayor of the city and later on presented facts about the current climate situation and the state of nutritional needs for kids in schools aswell the european standards. Branimir Spajić also presented Healthy Meal Standard nutrition category management system that is currently ongoing in all the primary schools of the City of Sisak and how it made CLIKIS implementation easier.

Mayor of Sisak, Ms Ikić-Baniček stated that she is grateful that Sisak is participating with all the elementary schools (9 total), urging that we can always do more to protect the climate, aswell to reduce food waste in schools. Special thanks went to RED FORK and IZT for making the transfer of knowledge to Croatia, and to all included partners of the project.

Dr Michael Scharp spoke about IZT and how the CLIKIS started from KEEKS project and what is the KEEKS approach . He also mentioned the importance of nutrition in climate change and school catering, and what it takes from every individual to change our habits to make the climate better.

Ms Ana Knežević, from the Croatian Association of Consumers, expressed the facts about legal frameworks of the EU strategy on climate protection, what is „Green plan“ and climate transition. Sve elaborated what are the adjustment strategies and the national energy and climate plans, with emphasis on the difficulties we are facing currently in the country to speed up the process.

Ms Patricija Kreš, Nutrition expert and CLIKIS nutritionist from RED FORK had an interesting presentation about how the KEEKS methodology was implemented i to CLIKIS project in the prinary schools in Sisak. She elaborated on how the measurements in the kicthens were made and eventuslly, how we calculated the co plete csrbon footprint of designed low carbon meals for schools.

Ms Tatjana Obučina from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Office for environment and nature protection, focused in her presentation on the climate change, national climate policies and climate reporting. She took us through the process of climate reporting which is done through her office and about climate-friendly meals in schools. There was a lot of discussion on the subject from the public.

Mr Goran Grgurač, Head of the administrative department for education, culture, sports, veterans and civil society talked about the capital investments in kitchens and schools in the city of Sisak walked us trough the continuing efforts from the City of Sisak to ensure better kitchens and more climate-friendly environment and meals for kids in all elementary schools in Sisak. There is always more that can be done, and is very happy that the city has results and now also has implemented climate-friendly meals thanks to CLIKIS NETWORK and already implemented Healthy Meal Standard.

Ms Gordana Vešligaj, Senior expert advisor at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Office for environment and nature protection had a presentation on statistical research on food waste in the Republic of Croatia. She talked about food waste and its impact on the GHG emissions how much food is thrown away every year in Croatia, the measurable results from food waste with recommendation on how to lower the waste.

Professor Dr. Marko Vinceković was our last presenter of the day, and his presentation „Small capsule for sustainable food production“ stressed the challenges of modern agriculture and the role of scientific research in the same area. He talked about new achievements from him and his team and the advantages of agrochemical encapsulation. He also stated the advantages of new green technologies with a lot of success in his reasearch and numerous challenges he faced and is facing with the new technologies.