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Energy transition as an opportunity for the Slovenian economy

At the conference, 'Energy transition as an opportunity for the Slovenian economy', Dr Peter Gašperšič, Minister of Infrastructure, highlighted that when transitioning to a carbon-free society, Slovenia will require a combination of solutions regarding the omission of fossil fuels, renewable energy resources, energy efficiency and technological breakthrough. He also added that important decisions on large production units in the country and Slovenian future energy mix are ahead. The Ministry of Infrastructure (MzI) is currently drafting a national energy and climate plan, which will be the subject of broad public consultation.

"We wish for, and support, market-oriented solutions, which will have a positive impact on the economy and will simultaneously also include and activate consumers. We will thus co-design the common energy market together in the future. Energy transition already enjoys exceptional support in Slovenia by the general public and the business sector. We know that the transition to a carbon-free society poses great challenges, but it also brings opportunities," said the Minister in his introductory address.

 

He also highlighted satisfaction that the Slovenian business sector had already recognised the opportunities resulting from decarbonisation of society. "One of the topical challenges in energy transition are consumers and their role. The transition will have to enable a proactive role of consumers in the energy market, which is a key element when realising our common objectives in the field of renewable resources and energy efficiency. To attain these objectives, numerous activities will be necessary at the national level, where the support of the country will be of key importance, which must provide a suitable and stimulating regulatory framework, and must also contribute to awareness-raising and education," explained the Minister.

 

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Energy Union, anticipated at the conference that the European Union would transform the Paris Agreement on climate change into an act, which would result in many advantages.

 

During the conference, State Secretary mag. Klemen Potisek emphasised that the process of decarbonisation of society, which will be technically, technologically and financially very demanding, must be addressed comprehensively. "Closer cooperation between the public administration, the business sector and science is necessary. Challenges associated with energy transition also provide an opportunity for the business sector and its active role when seeking solutions in the fields that include efficient use of electric energy, smart cities and e-mobility," said Potisek.

 

More on the conference, 'Energy transition as an opportunity for the Slovenian economy', that took place today in Ljubljana and was organised by MzI, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia can be found here.