Pursuit of the targets on renewables in the transport sector as specified in Directive 2009/28/EC and reduction of air pollution will be sustained through support to setting up of infrastructure for alternative fuels and smart charging stations (both private and public) to promote and facilitate the roll-out of electromobility. Charging stations for electric vehicles are one of the key elements to accelerate the electrification of transport, which is one of the basic pillars of the energy concept, which is being prepared. Electrification of transport contributes to achieving the energy goals through greater energy efficiency and energy savings and use of renewables in transport, as well as environmental objectives, it is reducing air pollution (PM10 and NOx) reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and noise reduction and other objectives such as reducing dependence and developing new business opportunities.
Regional Action Plan addresses upgrading interoperable network of charging stations for charging electric vehicles and its operation, interoperability, partially also payment solutions and state of play on the existing policies on the transnational level of Alpine space, national level of Slovenia and regional level of Gorenjska statistical region.
Access to e-bikes provides a gateway to cycling to a wider demographic. Providing a network of charging infrastructure for e-bikes allows physical and social activity related to cycling become more inclusive and having wellbeing benefits difused to a wider population. An example is social isolation of single citizens reaching retirement. Studies in the UK and Japan have found that if a citizen retires and moves into a home for elderly and does not join a social and physical activity within a year, one is more likely to withdraw into isolation and one’s health declines. E-biking infrastructure and equipment could prove a good option to tackle this issue. Families who have members of differing mobility could access e-bikes to facilitate inclusive cycling activity.
e-MOPOLI (Electro MObility as driver to support POLicy Instruments for sustainable mobility) project is a European research project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, aiming at the diffusion of electromobility and the implementation of innovative strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of economic activities in urban and extra-urban areas.
A key output of e-MOPOLI project had been development of action plans which contribute to promotion of electromobility and mobility on other alternative fuels in each of the region of eight project partners.
The objective of the Slovenian action plan, prepared by Regional Development Agency of Gorenjska, BSC, Ltd, Kranj with external support of the Institute of private – public partnership is to promote mobility on alternative fuels in the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027.