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In Slovenia, the number of ISO 14001 certified companies and companies registered under the EMAS standard, as well as the number of awarded eco-label flowers, has been increasing. Slovenia ranks above the EU-27 average in the number of awarded ISO 14001 certificates and eco-label flowers. In comparison to EU, Slovenia has been less successful in the field of EMAS standards.


The indicator shows development of environmental management systems related to the awarded environmental certificates under ISO 14001, the EMAS scheme and eco-label flowers for Slovenia and EU. In addition, the indicator also shows numbers for awarded environmental certificates for energy efficient companies, energy efficient projects, clean production, environmentally friendly companies, and environmental product of the year, international environmental partnerships, eco-profit, environmentally responsible performance and environmentally friendly procedures in Slovenia.

For better understanding of the presented mechanism, their definition is as follows:

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through pollution prevention and more efficient use of resources.

The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is an environmental management system introduced in 1995. Organisations that hold the EMAS certificate are obliged to continuously assess and improve their environmental performance and inform the public of the environmental impact of their activities. EMAS is an upgrade of the ISO 14001 standard. It ensures greater openness, transparency and periodical publication of verified environmental information. Compared to ISO 14001, the EMAS has higher demands with regard to improved performance, participation of employees, legal compliance and communication with the public.

The Eco-label flower is an instrument of environmental protection. The EU introduced it in 1992 in order to encourage companies to develop products and services that maximally reduce environmental impact throughout the product/service life cycle and provide consumers with better information on environmental impact of their products/services. The overall impact of products is observed from the extraction of raw materials to the disposal of used products, while consumers are directed through the provision of accurate, clear and scientifically supported information on products and services.

The introduction of environmental management systems represents an important economic instrument for communication and harmonisation in the field of environmental protection. For companies, it represents an internationally recognised approach to management that covers all most important aspects of environmental management (from the use of raw materials and energy, to management of technological processes and requirements relating to the use of products) and leads to elimination and reduction of adverse impacts on the environment. The advantage of introducing environmental management system is reduction of costs as well as an increased competitiveness in the market.


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Figure IP01-1: Number of organizations with ISO 14001, Slovenia and other countries, 1998-2017
Sources: 

The ISO Survey of Certifications 2017, Eurostat 2019

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Czech Republic [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Finland [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Italy [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Romania [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Slovenia [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Spain [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Sweden [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

average EU 28 [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

1998

4.08

39.93

2.16

0.04

6.07

4.12

34.33

7.63

1999

5.84

90.89

4.27

0.04

9.56

14.31

96.03

13.42

2000

11.30

98.05

9.15

0.22

44.22

14.82

154.23

20.52

2001

17.05

132.25

22.72

0.69

68.20

50.39

232.35

34.52

2002

31.17

144.06

37.56

2.07

74.69

77.48

305.34

44.68

2003

50.83

216.10

52.96

4.42

102.68

114.77

259.59

59.36

2004

126.02

168.43

81.85

16.67

169.20

150.40

385.96

74.82

2005

207.00

175.62

120.51

34.80

208.15

196.99

406.95

89.74

2006

214.93

177.19

166.16

67.42

188.52

250.14

412.48

103.92

2007

263.07

155.08

202.23

105.39

217.88

305.90

413.81

120.85

2008

316.98

186.06

215.21

180.66

218.47

358.80

483.78

143.30

2009

445.81

206.86

241.00

319.77

190.52

359.37

448.90

161.52

2010

633.62

209.66

298.61

365.51

194.92

394.67

494.82

190.62

2011

424.44

217.48

292.09

366.06

201.93

350.16

430.03

187.15

2012

401.22

242.54

328.52

424.16

199.95

415.86

409.69

206.04

2013

455.68

262.04

356.87

436.76

225.86

343.50

386.15

211.30

2014

554.58

275.72

372.08

466.33

206.20

298.16

412.86

214.96

2015

363.63

267.92

367.63

532.49

173.06

286.55

378.46

213.45

2016

396.35

258.41

439.38

307.43

223.33

295.37

350.01

218.02

2017

407.61

268.93

240.49

282.78

217.82

280.54

483.13

199.22

Figure IP01-2: Number of EMAS-certified organizations, Slovenia and other countries, 1997-2015
Sources: 

European Commission, Eurostat, 2017

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Austria [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Denmark [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Italy [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Germany [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Slovenia [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Spain [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

Sweden [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

EU-27 average [no. of certificats/ mio inhab.]

1997

4.39

2.83

0

13.60

0

0.03

1.70

2.56

1998

17.66

15.62

0.23

19.24

0

0.45

14.00

4.35

1999

23.74

21.76

0.42

24.43

0

1.27

17.72

5.63

2000

36.65

28.42

0.74

29.10

0

2.54

22.40

6.94

2001

44.89

31.67

1.30

32.29

0

4.03

23.80

7.94

2002

40.86

24.15

2.15

30.12

0

6.31

22.48

7.69

2003

36.60

22.42

2.92

22.17

0

7.42

12.81

6.28

2004

30.97

22.18

4.33

19.89

0.50

9.57

13.09

6.18

2005

30.65

22.11

4.39

19.64

0.50

10.17

13.04

6.20

2006

31.51

22.21

6.97

18.21

0.50

11.87

10.97

6.47

2007

30.89

20.64

9.56

18.12

0.50

14.71

9.15

7.05

2008

30.16

16.87

12.97

17.60

0.49

20.16

7.67

7.86

2009

31.07

17.06

16.36

17.10

0.98

22.92

8.10

8.58

2010

30.53

16.62

17.49

16.34

1.47

26.18

8.03

8.85

2011

31.16

16.54

18.58

16.16

1.46

26.08

7.97

8.92

2012

29.61

12.90

20.04

15.44

1.46

26.87

8.01

8.91

2013

30.05

11.24

18.83

14.96

0.49

21.23

5.96

8.19

2014

29.27

9.60

16.73

15.22

0.49

23.05

1.97

8.01

2015

33.08

8.13

16.70

14.78

4.85

20.30

1.85

7.78

Figure IP01-3: Number of ecolabel flower certificates, Slovenia and other countries, 2001-2011
Sources: 

European Commission, Ecolabel Helpdesk, 2011; Slovenian Environment Agency, 2011

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Austria [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Denmark [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Italy [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

France [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Ireland [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Netherlands [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Slovenia [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

Sveden [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

EU-27 average [no. of Ecolabels/ mio inhab.]

2001

0

3.27

0.22

0.26

0.22

0.12

0

0.97

0.18

2002

0.24

4.88

0.47

0.42

0.22

0.18

0

0.86

0.25

2003

0.24

5.04

0.57

0.49

0

0.30

0

1.17

0.30

2004

0.85

8.32

0.93

0.69

0

0.67

0

1.44

0.45

2005

1.33

9.77

1.40

0.71

0

0.67

0

1.66

0.56

2006

1.45

10.10

1.62

0.79

2.09

0.67

1.99

1.76

0.68

2007

3.49

11.14

2.71

1.39

2.50

0.55

0.99

2.18

1.02

2008

2.87

9.43

3.98

2.13

4.49

1.03

1.48

2.27

1.41

2009

4.44

9.43

5.22

2.91

5.31

1.46

1.48

2.81

1.87

2010

5.75

10.12

5.12

3.79

5.28

2.59

1.47

2.89

2.13

2011

5.73

10.07

5.74

3.89

4.38

2.76

3.41

2.87

2.29

Figure IP01-4: Other environmental awards in Slovenia
Sources: 

Catalogue of Environmental awards, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, 2019

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responsible management [number]

clean production [number]

ecoprofit [number]

environmental product of the year [number]

environmental-friendly company [number]

energy-efficient company [number]

energy-efficient projects [number]

environmental-friendly process [number]

international environmental partnership [number]

1997

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1998

0

0

0

2

0

3

0

0

0

1999

0

0

0

4

0

4

0

0

0

2000

0

0

0

4

0

5

1

0

0

2001

0

13

0

6

1

6

2

0

0

2002

0

24

0

10

1

7

3

0

1

2003

12

33

20

11

4

8

4

1

2

2004

17

33

20

12

6

10

5

2

2

2005

34

33

20

12

8

11

6

3

2

2006

48

33

20

15

10

11

6

4

3

2007

63

33

20

16

12

12

7

5

3

2008

76

33

20

18

13

12

7

6

4

2009

76

33

20

18

13

12

7

6

4

2010

76

33

20

19

14

12

7

7

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Goals

Environmental certificates such as ISO 14001 and the EMAS are important instruments of the Sustainable Production and Consumption and Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan. The goal of their introduction is to encourage continuous improvement in order to increase environmental performance of organisations. A special emphasis of the EMAS is systemic, objective and regular performance assessment and making available information on environmental performance to the public and other interested parties as well as education and inclusion of employees in active participation in the scheme (EMAS Regulation).

The EU goal through awarding the Eco-label flower is to introduce a voluntary system aimed at promoting products that have low environmental impacts throughout their life cycle and providing consumers with accurate, clear and scientifically supported information on the impact of products on the environment. The latter results in the substitution of hazardous substances with safer ones where technically feasible (Eco-Label Regulation).



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