The results of a survey by the Focus agency commissioned by the Slovak climate initiative show that imports of natural gas are preferred by 30% of Slovaks, while 60% of those surveyed prefer renewable energy-based production.
Non-governmental organisations are calling on the Slovak government to take the survey’s results into account and stop the support for the natural gas infrastructure in the ongoing Fit For 55 package negotiations that aim to adjust EU legislation to the new climate goals agreed by the European leaders in December 2020.
Natural gas counts for approximately 25% of the country’s energy mix, making it the second most popular source for the production of electricity in the country after nuclear.
“Slovakia should promote renewable energy sources in the Fit for 55 package instead of various gases that would preserve dependence on fossil infrastructure. If we want to tackle climate change, our goal should be to phase out fossil fuels and not to build new infrastructure for them,” said Juraj Melichár, project coordinator of the Slovak branch of Friends of the Earth.
Natural gas will cost Slovakia €1.7 billion in 2019, said Melichár, pointing to figures from the country’s statistics office. (Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)