Slovenia rises nine places to 41st in this year’s CCPI, yet it remains a low performer overall. The country shows a mixed performance across the main CCPI categories, with a low rating in GHG Emissions, Energy Use, and Climate Policy and a medium in Renewable Energy.
Slovenia generally performs well in the current trend indicators, with a high rating in the GHG per capita indicator (with a five-year-linear trend of –15.08%, indicating ongoing reduction of emissions). The country performs considerably worse in the indicators assessing its current level, with a low rating in energy use per capita current level.
National strategy to phase-out coal
In January 2022, the government adopted a national strategy for the coal phase-out, setting 2033 as the target date for closure of coal-fired power plants. There are also several support schemes for renewable energy (primarily solar).
While the CCPI experts welcome the coal phase-out date and support schemes, they note the targets are still not 1.5°C-compatible. Progress towards achieving these targets is slow and while policies to promote renewable energy are seen as relatively favourable, they lack implementation, as Slovenia did not reach its 2020 renewable energy targets.
Continuation of fossil fuel subsidies
The experts also criticise the continuation of fossil fuel subsidies, with new subsidies for large industrial energy users foreseen. There is also a lack of policies for reducing transport sector emissions, with plans to construct new roads, along with fossil fuel subsidies for trucks.
The experts thus stress the need for policies to reduce energy demand in the transport sector and increase support for renewable energy. Slovenia also must strengthen its climate and energy targets to align them with the Paris Agreement, and it must phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI:
- Umanotera (The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development)
- Barbara Kvac (Focus Association for Sustainable Development)