Slovenia Plans Quick Phase Out of Coal
Slovenia is in the process of preparing its national strategy for a coal phaseout and the restructuring of coal regions in line with the just transition principles
Slovenia is in the process of preparing its national strategy for a coal phaseout and the restructuring of coal regions in line with the just transition principles which will be in accordance with the national energy and climate plan. NECP targets achieving climate neutrality by 2050, as proclaimed by the European Union. The Ministry of Infrastructure has announced that the draft EIA for the coal phaseout strategy, defining the year when the country will cease the use of coal, has been finished. The country has two coal regions: Savinjsko-Saleska and Zasavje.
The draft EIA, prepared by the consortium led by Elektroinštitut Milan Vidmar, has examined the impact of the strategy’s three scenarios. In the Savinjsko-Saleska region, an ambitious scenario (coal exit by 2033) would have the least negative impact. In the SASA region, the ambitious scenario, with a coal exit by 2033, would have the least negative impact due to a faster coal phaseout, followed by a financially sustainable scenario (coal exit by 2038), while the largest negative impact will occur if the flexible scenario (coal exit by 2042) is implemented.
The only operational coal fired power plant in Slovenia Termoelektrarna Sostanj, is located in the SASA region, as is the Premogovnik Velenje mine.
In the Zasavje region, the differences in the impact of the three scenarios are not so distinctive and unambiguous. The region has two coal mines Trbovlje and Hrastnik and one power plant Trbovlje, which have been all closed.
The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning will review the draft EIA