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Ministry launches refurbishment programme for public buildings

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February 11, 2016

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Overall investment in energy efficient refurbishment from 2014 to 2020 are estimated at EUR 3.2 billion, said Klemen Potisek, state secretary in Slovenia’s Ministry of Infrastructure. Presenting the project for energy renewal of public buildings, he underscored European funds for the programme amount to EUR 165 million for the period in grants and subsidized loans. The ministry set another EUR 245 million for the public environmental Eco Fund. A project bureau was established to lead and coordinate activities, Potisek added at the opening of energy strategy conference En.odmev.

The goals of the refurbishment of buildings by 2020 include reaching energy savings of 10% in heating and hot water, cutting in half the use of liquid fossil fuels in existing buildings, reducing imports of oil derivatives by 7% and greenhouse gas emissions by 60%.

Speaking about the process of developing the national energy concept, Danijel Levičar, head of the energy directorate, said decisions will have to be sustainable and energy clean and available. Mitja Terče, head of energy supplier ECE d. o. o., said this is not the right time to decide on the construction of the second block in the country’s only nuclear power plant. Stressing there are security issues, he added economic sense is lacking for the energy source, besides the fact that people don’t support it. Terče says renewables are the only way. He says goals in the energy concept must be clearer and more detailed. In his words, the agreement must be precise about what will be done and how much the economy and households are ready to pay.

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