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Because of abundance, consumption by the majority of the European population has been higher than required for basic needs. Consumption of some products and services has been even higher than their usefulness, and in many cases even higher than environmental sustainability allows. On average, a household member in Slovenia spends most funds on transport and communication (20%), somewhat less funds on food and non-alcoholic drinks (14%), even less on recreation, culture, education, restaurants and hotels (12%), and spends the least on dwellings, electricity and other fuels (11%). In total, the average expenditure per household member in Slovenia in 2007 amounted to 7,142 EUR, which is 66% more than in 2000.

Environmental indicators in Slovenia

The web portal Environmental Indicators in Slovenia provides access to over 100 indicators which use graphs, maps and comments to present the environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators are organized into thematic groups – chapters covering environmental components (e.g. water, air), environmental issues (e.g. climate change, nature protection, loss of biodiversity, waste management) and the incorporation of environmental content in the formulation of sector policies (e.g. transport, agriculture, tourism, energy, instruments of environmental policy). The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, based on the demands in article 106 of the Environment Protection Act (Official Gazette of the RS, No. 41/2004 with changes). Based on numerical data, they indicate state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are produced via interlinkages among the data and observations as shown on Figure 1. More

Figure 1: Information Pyramid
Source: EIONET-SI, 2007