No fossil, no nuclear fuels for Slovenia after 2050

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The national Slovenian parliament has announced to publically disclose the views and opinions of a variety of Slovenian stakeholders and members of Parliament regarding the future Energy strategy for Slovenia until 2030/2050.  The Slovenski E-forum, a NGO based in Slovenia concerned with energy policies, will present a vision for an energy self-sufficient Slovenia which will comprise a 100% renewable energy target for 2050.

NGOs part of the so called Plan B coalition for Slovenia (Slovenski E-forum, Greenpeace Slovenia, Focus Association for Sustainable Development etc.) will present a coherent view on the strategy for the development of the Slovenian energy sector in which Slovenia is set to supply all of its domestic energy needs only from local renewable resources.

It is worth noticing that this vision is developed in a country which currently imports 47 % of its energy and spends 54% more energy per unit of GDP than the EU average. Buildings are extremely inefficient and consume about 40 % of the total energy demand in the country. To achieve the 100% RE vision, 80 % of these building will need complete retrofitting which has proven to lead to more than 50 % energy savings. The implementation of smart grids including demand-side management measures will be the final step to allow these buildings to become standard net-zero energy structures. Greater employment of wooden biomass, geothermal energy and hydro power are also envisaged considering that they are considerably underused in relation to their actual potential. Biomass technologies for co-generation and for the production of bio-methane are still at a very initial phase of implementation but are planned to undergo major developments.

Similarly electro-mobility is only slowly starting to develop now.  Transport is another key issue in Slovenia. In facts, the country sees a very high volume of vehicles crossing the country every day which clearly transcends local interests and policies. The fact that mobility causes almost 30 % of all GHG emissions suggests that major transformations within the transport sector will be needed if any significant improvement is to be made. Transferring the road freights onto the railways and the introduction and distribution of new propulsion systems for cargo vehicles will be among some of the essential changes needed within the mobility sector in Slovenia.

We need a paradigm shift which will enable to achieve much higher levels energy efficiency, a considerable drop in everyday wasteful energy habits, the complete replacement of fossil fuels with local renewable energy sources and the promotion and introduction of innovative advanced technological solutions.

All of these wide ranging issues and ideas will be presented and discussed during the parliamentary disclosure sessions planned for January 2015 in the Slovenian Parliament. It is a great honor but also a challenge and a great opportunity for Slovenski E-forum and NGOs in Plan B to put these issues on the parliamentary agenda and have such an active role in organizing such an event.

Authors: Suzana Vurunič and Filippo Boselli

Friday, December 19th, 2014