STA, 26 August 2019 - Infrastructure Minister Alenka Bratušek highlighted the need for Slovenia to remain at the cutting edge globally when it comes to the transition to clean energy, as she addressed the European Conference of the International Association of Energy Economics on Monday.
Na @EFLjubljana poteka evropska konferenca Mednarodnega združenja za energetsko ekonomiko #IAEE. Ministrica @ABratusek je na otvoritvi poudarila, da ima Slovenija enega najboljših energetskih sistemov na svetu in da se bomo @mzi_rs potrudili, da bo vsaj tako dober tudi v bodoče. pic.twitter.com/dbnzh5hxNn— Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo (@mzi_rs) August 26, 2019
"Slovenia is among the best and we plan on keeping it this way," she said in reference to the country placing 6th among 125 countries in the World Energy Council's Energy Trilemma Index.
She said users will play a bigger role in energy generation in the future, as will smart grids. Public transportation will have to be strengthened and buildings insulated.
"Some of the measures are free, but in most cases the path to decarbonisation will be expensive. Financing of the transition should be the key issue," she said.
Bratušek also noted that in the transition to carbon-neutral energy sources, Slovenia will have to be mindful to keep energy accessible to all citizens.
The minister delivered the address at the 16th European Conference of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), organised by the IAEE, the Ljubljana School of Economics and Business and the Slovenian Energy Economics Association.
Through Thursday, the conference will feature debates on smart solutions, the future of gas and gas infrastructure, and geopolitical issues, including relations with Russia.
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