Slovenia

Factsheet on Slovenian EEOS

Slovenia is implementing the obligations under the Article 7 EED through the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) for energy suppliers, which was introduced in 2014, and alternative measures, i.e. an incentives programme by the Eco Fund.

According to the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the 2014-2020 period (NEEAP), the total final consumption energy savings in 2020 will be 523 GWh and the cumulative energy savings in the 2014-2020 period will amount to 11,596 GWh. The annual target for the EEOS is defined by the Decree on Energy Savings Requirements and varies from 0.25% of the energy sold in the previous year in 2015 to 0.75% in 2018 and beyond, while the target for the Eco Fund is fixed by the NEEAP to 262 GWh annually.

The achieved energy savings within the Eco Fund programmes in 2019 amounted to 295.6 GWh, achieving the annual obligation for the first time. Through EEOS, the achieved energy savings amounted to 280.9 GWh (preliminary data). Together 576.5 GWh of energy savings were achieved in 2019, exceeding the annual target by 10%. At the cumulative level in 2019 for the 2014-2019 period, the cumulative energy savings amounted to 9,612 GWh, which is almost 96% of the annual cumulative target.

Measures that can contribute energy savings under the Article 7 are defined by the Decree on energy savings requirements:

Energy efficiency, use of renewable energy for heat production in the public sector, service sector, and industry

  • Complete renovation of buildings
  • Renovation of individual elements or the entire outer building envelope
  • Installation of batteries for solar energy storage, heat pumps, and other devices for heat production from renewable energy sources
  • Installation of energy-efficient lighting systems in buildings
  • Energy-efficient outdoor lighting
  • Energy-efficient household appliances
  • Installation of energy-efficient electric motors
  • Installation of frequency converters
  • Increasing the efficiency of compressed air preparation systems
  • Installation of devices for efficient cogeneration
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new wood biomass boilers
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new gas boilers
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high efficiency on wood biomass
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high gas efficiency
  • Installation of waste heat recovery systems
  • Installation of equipment for the implementation of operational monitoring and energy management at customers
  • Installation of advanced measuring systems
  • Introduction of an energy management system
  • Optimization of technological processes based on the performed energy audit.

 

Energy efficiency measures in single- or multi-family residential buildings

  • Installation of batteries for solar energy storage
  • Installation of heat pumps
  • Modernization of joint heating systems in multi-apartment buildings with heating stations that include the installation of thermostatic valves and hydraulic balancing of the heating system
  • Operation optimization of the heating system in multi-apartment buildings
  • Installation of devices for efficient cogeneration
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new high-efficiency gas boilers
  • Replacement of electric furnaces with new high-efficiency biomass boilers
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high gas efficiency
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high efficiency on biomass
  • Installation of energy-efficient lighting systems
  • Energy-efficient household appliances
  • Installation of smart meters
  • Introduction of smart methods for energy metering and billing

 

Energy efficiency in transport

  • Purchase of energy-efficient vehicles
  • Purchase of energy-efficient tires
  • Other measures to include energy efficiency in transport

 

The efficiency of district heating

  • Complete heating station renovation
  • Reduction of losses for heat distribution system
  • Connection of buildings to an efficient district heating system

For the 2020-2030 period the obligations under the Article 7 EED are defined in the Slovenian National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). The new annual energy savings should be at least 0.8% of annual final energy consumption compared to the average over the last three years before 1 January 2019. The commitment is split between the EEOS and an alternative measure, i.e. implementing the Eco Fund programmes and gradually increasing the CO2 tax and energy efficiency contribution in the price of energy. The estimated total savings for 2030 are 458.7 GWh (annual) and 25,230 GWh (cumulative). According to the Energy Efficiency Act from 2020, the EEOS will be in the 2020-2030 period regulated by a new decree, however, until the adoption of the new decree the old one is still in force.

Measures that can contribute energy savings under the Article 7 are defined by the Decree on energy savings requirements:

Energy efficiency, use of renewable energy for heat production in the public sector, service sector, and industry

  • Complete renovation of buildings
  • Renovation of individual elements or the entire outer building envelope
  • Installation of batteries for solar energy storage, heat pumps, and other devices for heat production from renewable energy sources
  • Installation of energy-efficient lighting systems in buildings
  • Energy-efficient outdoor lighting
  • Energy-efficient household appliances
  • Installation of energy-efficient electric motors
  • Installation of frequency converters
  • Increasing the efficiency of compressed air preparation systems
  • Installation of devices for efficient cogeneration
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new wood biomass boilers
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new gas boilers
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high efficiency on wood biomass
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high gas efficiency
  • Installation of waste heat recovery systems
  • Installation of equipment for the implementation of operational monitoring and energy management at customers
  • Installation of advanced measuring systems
  • Introduction of an energy management system
  • Optimization of technological processes based on the performed energy audit.

 

Energy efficiency measures in single- or multi-family residential buildings

  • Installation of batteries for solar energy storage
  • Installation of heat pumps
  • Modernization of joint heating systems in multi-apartment buildings with heating stations that include the installation of thermostatic valves and hydraulic balancing of the heating system
  • Operation optimization of the heating system in multi-apartment buildings
  • Installation of devices for efficient cogeneration
  • Replacement of electric stoves with new high-efficiency gas boilers
  • Replacement of electric furnaces with new high-efficiency biomass boilers
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high gas efficiency
  • Replacement of boilers on all types of fuels with new boilers with high efficiency on biomass
  • Installation of energy-efficient lighting systems
  • Energy-efficient household appliances
  • Installation of smart meters
  • Introduction of smart methods for energy metering and billing

 

Energy efficiency in transport

  • Purchase of energy-efficient vehicles
  • Purchase of energy-efficient tires
  • Other measures to include energy efficiency in transport

 

The efficiency of district heating

  • Complete heating station renovation
  • Reduction of losses for heat distribution system
  • Connection of buildings to an efficient district heating system

The implementation of the EEOS is supervised by the Slovenian Energy Agency (authority regulating the energy markets). The obligated parties have to report the achieved energy savings annually, by the end of March, according to a template. The Energy Agency will verify 2.5 to 5.0% of the measures. These controls are mainly focused on the documentation of the energy savings. This may be complemented by on-site inspections. The Eco Fund has its own MRV system, including obligatory on-site inspections of 2% of subsidised measures. In both cases the achieved energy savings are calculated according to the Rules on the methods for determining energy savings. The rules were last updated in April 2021.

According to the NECP, Slovenia’s objective is to mitigate and reduce energy poverty through accelerated implementation of social policy measures, general housing policy measures (e.g. 100% subsidies in multi-household buildings), and existing targeted measures.

Currently, the measures to mitigate energy poverty in Slovenia are based on three pillars, all implemented by the Eco Fund: 1) co-financing rate of 100% for energy renovation of multi-apartment buildings and replacement of old solid fuel burners for eligible citizens, 2) ZERO programme, where vulnerable groups are entitled for a visit and a ZERO package for implementation of organizational and low-cost energy efficiency measures, 3) support for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in single- or two-family residential houses for eligible citizens from the Cohesion Fund (ZERO500).

The NECP sets out further activities for energy poverty alleviation. Their aim is to create a comprehensive scheme for the improvement of energy efficiency of low-income households, also by ensuring additional investment funds, long-term implementation and coordination of energy poverty related measures, and integration of energy poverty in a broader development and housing policy. Besides that, a supportive environment for mitigating energy poverty will be established. In this context the definition of energy poverty and how to measure it will be included. The targets for mitigating energy poverty will be set and regular monitoring of the achievement of these targets will be established. An action plan to tackle energy poverty will be developed.

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