Slovenia: PM Jansha at the COP26 International Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansha stressed in his speech to participants at the COP26 International Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, that “now is the last time to offer a realistic path towards the 1.5 degree target”.

He added that Slovenia, in the role of presidency of the EU Council, is working with European partners towards this goal. “However, with only 8% of global CO2 emissions, the EU cannot solve this problem alone. We are committed to shaping our offer and calling on everyone to do the same. Everyone must take their share of responsibility to ensure that our collective efforts are effective. “Our goal is to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 and we are working to modernize our climate and energy legislation,” said the Slovenian Prime Minister.

He also noted that, according to UN estimates, greenhouse gas emissions will be 16% higher by 2030 than in 2010.
“I understand the hesitation. The green transition should be aware of its external effects. Our efforts should not jeopardize social cohesion and economic development. In fact, they are a necessary condition for successful emission reduction. I believe that technological and political innovations will enable us to find new ways to achieve all three objectives “, said Jansha.

According to the Slovenian Prime Minister, moving away from coal and oil as an energy source is a key element in achieving these goals. “Nuclear energy as a transitory source can replace coal and oil. More investment needs to be directed at new technologies and to support innovations that would lead to cleaner, safer and more efficient energy, such as hydrogen and fusion energy. In any case, we must present realistic action plans for this issue as soon as possible “, said the Prime Minister.

He also stressed that Slovenia remains committed to achieving common goals using a realistic approach. “We have adopted a long-term strategy that sets the goal and path towards climate neutrality by 2050,” he said, underlining the urgency of responding to and adapting to the challenges of climate change. “We need to make our economies and societies greener and more resilient. “Let us do our best for this summit to be successful”, concluded the Prime Minister.

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