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Final deliberations on Slovenia’s climate strategy until 2050

Final deliberations on Slovenia’s climate strategy until 2050

The government has to endorse the resolution on the 100-page document before triggering the action plan

A resolution on Slovenia’s long-term climate strategy until 2050, published by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, is being discussed by the government, reports The Slovenia Times, citing STA.

Climate justness

The long-term strategy aims to steer the country to climate neutrality and resilience to climate change by 2050, the date EU has set for member states to place their economies on a net-zero greenhouse emissions footing.

According to the resolution, Slovenia will use the opportunities presented by climate change to base its economy and society on renewable and low-carbon energy sources, sustainable mobility and locally produced food.

The strategy envisages adopting the principles of climate justness in implementing the transition into a climate-neutral society. This term signifies that the costs and advantages of the transition will be distributed fairly across society, including to the most vulnerable groups.

Action plan

The climate strategy is a strategic document, so it does not include specific measures. These are outlined in the National Energy and Climate Plan by 2030. When all the ministries agree to the resolution, they are obliged to immediately start implementing the policies set out in the action plan, so as to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, upgrade some measures and abandon those that run contrary to the goal of reducing emissions.

The document, which is spread over more than 100 pages, envisages an 80-90 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. In transport and energy, emissions are to drop by 90-99 percent, in agriculture by 5-22 percent, in industry by 80-87 percent, in waste management by 75-83 percent and in general consumption by 87-96 percent.

Energy mix

The share of renewable energy sources in the energy mix is set to reach 60 percent by 2050. While not scrapping the sources it has traditionally been using, Slovenia will increasingly tap into a wide range of renewable energy sources (solar, hydro, geothermal and wind energy and the energy of wood biomass), says the resolution.

Enhancing energy efficiency, circular economy and other sustainable practices will help tame the energy needs of the country. The goal is to achieve a 40 terawatt-hours limit on end energy use in 2050.

In transport, the resolution calls for frequent and fast connections between cities, realized through an efficient public transport system, including a modern railway network. The dominant form of inner-city mobility will be cycling and walking. Cargo transport will be largely assigned to the railways. Vehicles running on electricity, renewable or synthetic low-carbon gases will prevail.

From 2021 to 2050, efforts to reach climate goals will be supported with EUR 90-95 billion in funding, and a special body will be set up to coordinate the implementation of the strategy.

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