“Slovenia: Drivers and Challenges of Energy Transition to Climate Neutrality”, Danijel Crnčec, Boris Sučić and Stane Merše (CIR, Slovenia)

The book examines energy transition issues within the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. The European Union is aiming for an almost complete decarbonization of its energy sector by 2050. In the book, authors explore challenges related to energy transition and analyse individual EU members from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the region as a whole. The chapter on Slovenia, authored by Danijel Crnčec, PhD (a member of Centre of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Boris Sučić and Stane Merše, analyses the main drivers and challenges of energy transition of Slovenia as a relatively small state with a relatively small and specific energy system towards its aim of climate neutrality by 2050. The analysis is based on a multi-level perspective. On the one hand, it recognizes the existence of  challenges and relevant circumstances, inter alia transport, environmental restrictions, and spatial planning, on all three levels, i.e. (energy) regime, landscape, and niche, which have to be taken into account to develop an optimal strategy for Slovenia’s energy transition to climate neutrality. On the other hand, it also reveals that Slovenia demonstrates important innovation leadership in certain fields, such as integration of renewable energy sources and advanced consumers, which should together with further enhancing of energy efficiency policy, pave the way for the country’s transition to climate neutrality.

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