Falling from 44th to 51st, Slovenia is for the first time the worst-performing EU country, with a very low overall rating.
As in the previous year, Slovenia performs low in the GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy, and Energy Use categories. Most notably, indicators evaluating the country’s current levels, as well as the 2030 targets compared with a well-below-2°C pathway, are rated low or even very low across all three categories.
By dropping as many as 10 spots both in the national and international climate policy evaluations, Slovenia is now in the bottom 10 in the Climate Policy category. The very low rating indicates overarching insufficiency in the country’s climate mitigation efforts.
Experts note that positive signals, such as proposed climate neutrality by 2050, are in no way underpinned by adequate corresponding policies or sectoral measures. Experts make clear that the coal phase-out draft strategy, currently under discussion, is not sufficient. The proposed scenarios contain end dates for coal production in 2033, 2038, or at the latest in 2042, none of which would comply with the Paris Agreement. The low rating for national climate policy also reflects that, in the experts’ view, some of the current policies concerning renewable energy and energy use are even going in the wrong direction. This applies, for example, to significant regulatory barriers for smooth deployment of solar PV technology, very low prices of electricity for industrial users, and ongoing plans for road construction and restoration.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors to this year’s CCPI: Barbara Kvac (Focus Association for Sustainable Development), Renata Karba Umanotera (The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development).