Towards a climate neutral EU:
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Research center for zero emission technologies in the coal transition region Zasavje

Organisation: Umanotera Website: Added: November 24, 2023
Project start date: September 01, 2022
Project end date: June 30, 2026


In collaboration with the Slovenian Chemical Institute the Regional Development Agency of the just transition region Zasavje made a plan for a Center for Development, Demonstrations and Training for Carbon Free Technologies. The center will be established in an existing building, which furtherunderlines its positive environmental impact. It will directly employ research staff and by close collaboration with industry, to whom it offers state-of-the-art research and testing equipment, attract further jobs to the region. The focus will be on battery and hydrogen technologies, two sectors that despite good basic research foundations in Slovenia, are still underdeveloped with respect to their commercialisation.

Financial data

EUR 32.559.360 (85% co-financed by the Just Transition Fund, 15% from national funds )


While the project is not fully implemented, yet, at the time of writing, and while it will not be an easy task to ensure the long-term establishment of a national research center in the Zasavje region, the example already now includes aspects that should be replicated. This includes the decentralisation of application-oriented research centers in order to attract brains, skills and new companies to a region that undergoes structural change. Moreover, it can be recommended to actively seek the continued use of existing buildings and infrastructure instead of spending money on new structures. Like that available funds can be focussed on high-tech equipment and start-up financing for an extended incubation period instead of financing "empty shells" without a core.

Information sources

Government office for development and European cohesion policy

Other info

Presentation of the center: (in Slovenian) ENG flyer of the center:

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.