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Government adopts strategic starting points for the promotion of energy efficiency in the economy

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted last week the strategic starting points for the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in the economy.

The strategic starting points for the promotion of the use of renewable energy sources present in detail the three reform elements envisaged in the Recovery and Resilience Plan, specifically in the component "Renewable energy sources and efficient energy use in the economy".

The reform elements address three main areas. These are:

  • to increase the efficiency of the market both in terms of supply and demand by upgrading the so-called market for electricity from renewable energy sources,
  • to increase the efficiency of monitoring and recording of emissions by means of a technological solution that is used as a pilot in the registry of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system in the European Union, and
  • to increase material and energy efficiency in construction by using advanced digital technologies for the purposes of building information modelling (BIM).

In addition, the strategic starting points envisage institutionalisation of an innovative approach to processing test and pilot solutions based on advanced (digital) technologies and advanced technologies for energy production, in the form of a test laboratory or regulatory sandbox. In order to unify the term and ensure greater comprehensibility of the function of such a test laboratory, the document uses the term regulatory sandbox. It will be implemented as part of the activities of the Policy Laboratory umbrella programme, which is an integral part of the comprehensive strategic project for decarbonisation of Slovenia through the transition to a circular economy.

The planned amount of funds from the Recovery and Resilience Plan is EUR 3,000,000 for three pilot projects in the field of energy efficiency and EUR 2,000,000 for the test laboratory. Drawing of funds is planned in 2022 and 2023.