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Conference: Accelerating the Green Transition - Opportunities and Financing

When 09:00 - 13:00
Where InterContinental Ljubljana

The British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce
is organising a Tea with Reason Conference
on Thursday, 16 May 2024, at 9am at InterContinental Ljubljana titled
"Accelerating the Green Transition - Opportunities and Financing".

How can Slovenia transition to a net zero future and what financing mechanisms will facilitate this transition? What will the construction of a second nuclear power plant bring? And how can Slovenia achieve localisation of the supply chain and provide the required skills in this transition?

Drawing from the UK's experience, various funding mechanisms have proven successful, including attracting private local capital, ensuring a stable return on investment, establishing long-term price agreements, and facilitating the development of large-scale renewable energy projects. Simultaneously, the strategic construction of new nuclear power plants in the UK is designed to bolster local businesses, foster economic growth, generate employment opportunities, and enhance global competitiveness.


*Attendance at the event is free of charge, however, you must register in advance using the registration form above. You can cancel your participation free of charge up to 24 hours before the event. If you are unable to attend and you do not inform us of your cancellation within the deadline, we will charge you a no-show fee in the amount of EUR 50 + VAT.

The conference will be held in English, with the exception of the debate of the candidates for the European elections, which will be held in Slovenian and will be interpreted into English.


Tentative program:

8.30 Registration

9:00 Opening Speech

9:05 Executive Talk: Bojan Kumer, Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy in conversation with Luka Vesnaver, Chairman of the British Slovenian Chamber of Commerce

9:25 Economic Feasibility, Structuring, and Governance of Large Renewable Energy Projects

  • Huw Williams, Head of Investor Relations, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Troy Edwards, Partner & Global Sector Co-Lead Energy, A&O Shearman
  • Duško Krsmanović, Head of UK Export Finance for CEE & Balkans 
  • John Denhof, CEO, NovaKBM 
  • Simon Savšek, Head of Ljubljana Office, European Investment Bank
  • Dejan Paravan, CEO, GEN Energija
  • Tomaž Štokelj, CEO, Holding Slovenske Elektrarne
  • Robert Prelesnik, Partner and Managing Director, Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & Partners

Keynote Listener: Stanka Šarc Majdič, Member of the Management Board, SID Bank.
Moderated by Žiga Fišer, Country Trade Director, Department for Business and Trade.

10:35 From Coal to Nuclear – How to Get There by Building the Right Skills and Fostering Economic Growth, and What’s in Between?

  • Danijel Levičar, State Secretary for the National Nuclear Programme, Office of the Prime Minister of Republic of Slovenia
  • Antonija Božič Cerar, Head of Department for Environment, Climate and Energy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
  • Daniel Dean, Chairman, Strategic Advisory Group, International Bank for Nuclear Infrastructure
  • Tea Bilic Zabric, Independent Oversight Manager, Rolls-Royce SMR
  • Dejan Spasovski, Founder and Owner, ESG Novo

Moderated by Tomaž Orešič, Vice President, Resalta.

11:20 Coffee Break

11:40 Debate on the Transition to A Net-Zero Future in Slovenia With Candidates for the European Elections

  • Jure Leben, Gibanje Svoboda
  • Franc Breznik, SDS
  • Mojca Erjavec, NSi
  • Matevž Frangež, SD
  • Luka Omladič, Levica
  • Franc Bogovič, SLS
  • Zoran Stevanović, Resni.ca
  • Klemen Belhar, Vesna zelena stranka

Moderated by Anja Hreščak, Dnevnik.

12:55 Closing Remarks

13:00 Networking

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