The Slovak Climate Initiative (SKI) is urging the newly appointed Slovak government to tackle climate change and move the country closer to its climate goals. Therefore, the SKI has prepared a 12-point programme that can help the government address the issue without impacting on the State budget.
At the end of March, Slovak president Zuzana Caputova appointed a centre-right coalition government headed by Igor Matovič, leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OLANO) party.
According to the SKI, to tackle climate change is the biggest challenge of today. And while all the negative effects are coming faster than first predicted, also the impacts on the Slovak economy will weight more.
“Also Slovakia is starting to see and feel the most pessimistic climate change scenarios and its consequences,” explained Peter Robl of the Slovak Climate Initiative.
As part of the 12 proposed measures, the government must finalise the most important carbon neutrality provisions from the recently approved low carbon Long Term Strategy and revise the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) to align it with the upcoming Long Term Strategy on building renovations. And while revising such documentation, energy efficiency must be included in all relevant standards and documents.
Also, the government should come up with a new definition of energy poverty, in order to include all those people who are unable to secure the necessary energy for the optimal functioning of their households.
The programme focused in particular on the removal of obstacles to the development of renewable energy, assuring a fair transition of the coal and carbon-dependent regions and abolishing the moratorium on connecting new renewable energy sources to the grid with an emphasis on increasing the sustainable use of renewable energy in Slovakia.
Last year the European Commission unveiled the European Green Deal, mobilising around one trillion euros in the framework of a ten-year plan to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 per cent compared with 1990. And earlier in March, the Commission made a proposal for the European Climate Law, a new legislation that would bind member states to the target of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Walking in the European Union’s steps, the SKI is asking the Slovak government to reallocate unspent funds from the EU budget’s Quality of Environment programme in order to provide additional support for the renovation and improvement of the energy performance of public buildings, such as schools, medical facilities and offices.