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The European Community has met its commitments under the first period of the Kyoto Protocol, as total emissions (excluding the sinks) in the period 2008-2012 were around 19% lower than in the base year.  By imposing the maximum level of allowed sinks, Slovenia has exceeded the 2012 target by about 3%.

In 2019, Slovenian GHG emissions decreased by 2.6% compared to 2018. Therefore, Slovenia is on a good track to achieve the EU goal, as non-ETS GHG emissions in 2019 were 11.9 % below the allocated emissions for 2019.


This indicator shows the trends in greenhouse gas emissions in Slovenia, the main sources of emissions (by category and sector) and the comparison with other European Union countries (the EU-28). Emissions included in the emission trading system (EU ETS), as well as those not included, are presented. Emissions are expressed in Gg CO2 equivalent.

Greenhouse gas emissions monitored within the emission inventory include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), F-gasses (such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated in accordance with the IPCC methodology, which enables international comparability of data. Emissions are being calculated for transport, energy, industrial processes and the use of products, fuels in industry, fuels in households and commercial use, agriculture and waste. Land use, land use change and forestry represents a special category.

 


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Figure PB03-1: Current progress of Member States towards their 2017 and 2018 Effort Sharing targets
Sources: 

European Environment Agency, 2020 (11. 06. 2020)

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average change in emissions in period 2005-2017[%]

average change in emissions in period 2005-2018[%]

target 2020[%]

Portugal

-17.30

-16.10

1

Spain

-14.80

-14.10

-10

Ireland

-6.90

-3.60

-20

Austria

-9.10

10.90

-16

Slovenia

-8

-7.20

4

Greece

-27.30

-28.20

-4

Netherlands

-19.90

-20.40

-16

Poland

17.50

21.10

14

France

-11.40

-13.90

-14

Italy

-19.20

-17.90

-13

Luxembourg

-13.80

-10.40

-20

Finland

-11.40

-11.50

-16

Sweden

-25.20

-24.80

-17

Germnay

-2.30

-7.70

-14

Denmark

-18.50

-19.10

-20

Hungary

-10.20

-9.80

10

Czech Republic

1.20

4

9

Bulgaria

19.90

21

20

United Kingdom

-20.50

-21.20

-16

Slovakia

-7.50

-4.50

13

Estonia

14.30

16.80

11

Romania

-0.10

-1.60

19

Latvia

8.20

7.50

17

Lithuania

6.60

6.70

15

Figure PB03-2: GHG emissions by gas, Slovenia, 1986-2019
Sources: 

GHG Archive, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2020 (2. 04. 2021)

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CO2[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

CH4[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

N2O[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

F-gases[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

- HFC[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

- PFC[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

- SF6[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

total[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

1986

16768.95

2599.46

821.05

242.96

0

233.19

9.77

20432.43

1987

16001.07

2581.93

832.18

277.63

0

267.86

9.77

19692.80

1988

15535.46

2580.70

794.46

225.04

0

215.27

9.77

19135.66

1989

15328.96

2590.07

758.65

228.34

0

217.41

10.94

18906.02

1990

15082.96

2530.27

749.59

217.42

0

207.59

9.83

18580.24

1991

13962.09

2434.70

692.49

139.05

0

129.40

9.64

17228.33

1992

13872.34

2451.44

758.04

137.85

0

128.18

9.67

17219.67

1993

14233.70

2341.82

723.03

170.21

31.41

128.25

10.54

17468.76

1994

14628.14

2335.96

767.82

170.67

31.65

128.18

10.84

17902.58

1995

15342.48

2364.70

810.64

173.16

32.89

128.14

12.13

18690.99

1996

15987.08

2323.20

824.45

170.41

29.86

127.67

12.88

19305.13

1997

16506.54

2340.24

829.27

175.87

34.43

128.19

13.25

19851.92

1998

16035.29

2393.71

824.75

171.86

31.01

128.08

12.77

19425.62

1999

15405.34

2398.28

827.07

175.04

31.38

128.29

15.36

18805.73

2000

15043.13

2491.51

856.26

190.86

46.10

129.75

15.01

18581.77

2001

16288.27

2497.01

858.84

207.34

62.71

129.26

15.37

19851.45

2002

16547.11

2523.63

806.99

230.16

78.55

135.07

16.54

20107.88

2003

16249.62

2491.39

779.33

255.67

99.14

139.44

17.09

19776.00

2004

16679.95

2457.45

758.01

279.87

121.71

140.69

17.47

20175.28

2005

16904.77

2457.83

765.26

305.33

145.20

142.13

18.00

20433.19

2006

17150.50

2386.46

775.32

321.08

168.88

134.26

17.93

20633.35

2007

17315.22

2405.71

783.74

312.76

195.57

99.68

17.51

20817.43

2008

18249.87

2290.47

744.83

258.12

224.01

14.74

19.37

21543.28

2009

16176.75

2200.81

734.54

265.99

243.59

5.24

17.16

19378.09

2010

16431.82

2170.07

726.27

285.39

257.76

9.64

17.99

19613.54

2011

16333.59

2161.78

736.61

308.41

270.11

20.16

18.15

19540.39

2012

15736.75

2111.39

740.36

329.11

294.66

18.11

16.34

18917.61

2013

15106.41

2053.25

713.08

348.23

315.76

15.31

17.16

18220.97

2014

13540.46

1953.99

721.52

365.53

333.12

15.22

17.19

16581.50

2015

13622.78

2014.66

747.03

376.47

343.24

15.74

17.49

16760.95

2016

14425.25

2049.13

753.69

388.39

351.17

19.78

17.44

17616.46

2017

14591.88

2002.21

730.47

372.04

338.78

17.45

15.81

17696.60

2018

14493.54

1935.88

740.65

351.66

320.24

15.59

15.83

17521.74

2019

14005.90

1923.13

812.96

323.47

295.79

11.81

15.87

17065.45

Figure PB03-3: Annual GHG emissions, by sector (share), Slovenia, 1986-2019
Sources: 

GHG Archive, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2020 (15. 03. 2021)

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transport[%]

energy industries[%]

industrial processes[%]

fuels in manufacturing industries and construction[%]

agriculture[%]

waste[%]

other sectors[%]

fugitive emissions from fuels[%]

other[%]

total[%]

transport[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

energy industries[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

industrial processes[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

fuels in manufacturing industries and construction[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

agriculture[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

waste[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

other sectors[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

fugitive emissions from fuels[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

other[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

total[1000 t CO2 equiv.]

1986

10.04

33.48

6.89

21.24

9.45

3.10

12.69

2.90

0.20

100

2051.41

6840.99

1407.98

4340.35

1930.58

633.24

2593.47

592.97

41.44

20432.43

1987

12.31

32.90

7.22

19.64

9.86

3.32

11.70

2.87

0.16

100

2424.93

6479.28

1421.59

3868.39

1942.08

654.60

2303.76

566.15

32.02

19692.80

1988

12.83

34.32

7.80

18.45

9.96

3.52

9.96

3.00

0.17

100

2454.33

6566.93

1491.68

3530.79

1905.14

674.34

1906.12

574.30

32.02

19135.66

1989

13.14

35.30

7.60

17.56

9.88

3.67

9.65

3.03

0.17

100

2484.58

6673.70

1436.63

3320.40

1867.12

694.00

1823.96

573.60

32.02

18906.02

1990

14.73

34.31

7.50

16.62

9.98

3.76

10.18

2.75

0.17

100

2736.62

6374.89

1392.88

3087.69

1854.90

698.83

1890.76

511.65

32.02

18580.24

1991

15.05

31.53

6.23

17.80

10.10

4.02

12.46

2.76

0.04

100

2592.94

5431.41

1073.97

3067.34

1740.25

692.27

2147.01

476.22

6.91

17228.33

1992

15.30

34.64

6.18

14.97

10.81

3.83

11.22

3.04

0.01

100

2634.77

5964.57

1063.73

2578.22

1861.00

660.26

1932.59

523.14

1.38

17219.67

1993

18.26

32.94

5.11

14.33

10.04

3.67

12.89

2.75

0.01

100

3189.84

5754.25

893.06

2502.95

1754.01

641.94

2251.54

479.78

1.38

17468.76

1994

20.03

30.93

5.97

14.95

9.89

3.61

12.04

2.57

0.01

100

3586.70

5536.86

1068.71

2675.67

1770.82

646.90

2154.89

460.65

1.38

17902.58

1995

21.51

30.63

5.74

14.04

9.47

3.49

12.52

2.61

0.01

100

4019.83

5725.08

1073.06

2623.48

1769.20

651.90

2339.75

487.31

1.38

18690.99

1996

23.68

27.60

5.57

13.02

8.86

3.41

15.42

2.43

0.01

100

4571.65

5327.36

1074.42

2514.25

1710.52

658.45

2977.68

469.42

1.38

19305.13

1997

24.05

28.96

5.61

11.60

8.40

3.51

15.34

2.53

0.01

100

4774.76

5749.27

1113.76

2302.39

1667.15

696.55

3044.34

502.32

1.38

19851.92

1998

20.39

30.83

5.63

11.74

8.78

3.75

16.30

2.57

0.01

100

3961.01

5988.41

1092.76

2281.21

1705.73

728.03

3166.78

498.99

2.70

19425.62

1999

19.94

28.13

5.94

12.20

9.15

3.99

18.10

2.54

0.02

100

3749.86

5289.14

1117.30

2293.51

1720.23

750.72

3404.33

477.75

2.89

18805.73

2000

19.90

30.11

6.26

12.31

9.72

4.19

14.95

2.54

0.02

100

3698.17

5594.44

1162.43

2288.22

1806.09

778.19

2778.88

472.27

3.08

18581.77

2001

19.45

31.80

6.14

11.11

8.99

3.99

16.16

2.35

0.02

100

3860.56

6311.78

1219.08

2204.98

1783.76

792.72

3208.74

466.57

3.27

19851.45

2002

19.44

32.65

6.11

11.11

9.15

3.91

15.08

2.54

0.02

100

3909.38

6564.32

1228.33

2234.21

1840.20

786.71

3031.45

510.02

3.27

20107.88

2003

20.02

31.80

6.56

10.93

8.85

4.05

15.04

2.72

0.02

100

3959.02

6289.38

1297.84

2162.46

1750.37

800.91

2974.31

538.45

3.27

19776.00

2004

20.51

31.83

6.70

11.46

8.42

3.97

14.43

2.67

0.02

100

4137.02

6421.87

1351.18

2311.30

1698.83

801.52

2911.52

538.62

3.42

20175.28

2005

21.57

31.56

6.98

11.96

8.39

3.75

13.20

2.58

0.02

100

4406.82

6448.20

1426.95

2444.30

1713.82

766.46

2696.99

526.31

3.33

20433.19

2006

22.50

31.52

7.14

12.52

8.31

3.54

11.85

2.61

0.02

100

4642.73

6504.66

1472.71

2583.33

1713.63

731.09

2444.31

537.56

3.33

20633.35

2007

25.20

32.31

7.11

11.26

8.50

3.25

9.72

2.62

0.02

100

5246.23

6725.75

1481.01

2345.08

1769.69

677.40

2023.86

544.92

3.48

20817.43

2008

28.63

30.17

6.25

10.76

7.86

2.83

11.05

2.45

0.02

100

6166.83

6498.68

1346.60

2317.59

1692.75

609.73

2380.47

527.08

3.56

21543.28

2009

26.64

32.07

5.22

10.02

8.80

2.86

11.69

2.68

0.02

100

5162.79

6213.98

1012.46

1941.94

1705.59

553.87

2264.83

519.29

3.34

19378.09

2010

27.04

32.35

5.18

9.77

8.54

2.77

11.68

2.66

0.01

100

5303.28

6344.18

1015.53

1916.08

1675.23

543.92

2290.65

521.77

2.89

19613.54

2011

28.94

32.57

5.28

8.79

8.48

2.81

10.39

2.72

0.02

100

5654.17

6363.88

1030.94

1718.28

1657.25

549.91

2031.20

531.40

3.37

19540.39

2012

29.99

32.02

5.60

8.72

8.68

2.83

9.41

2.74

0.02

100

5673.42

6056.61

1058.70

1650.11

1641.75

535.15

1780.88

517.60

3.38

18917.61

2013

29.49

31.71

6.17

9.02

8.93

2.83

9.32

2.52

0.02

100

5372.68

5777.03

1123.51

1643.86

1627.28

516.55

1698.17

458.87

3.02

18220.97

2014

32.50

26.84

7.01

9.95

10.10

2.94

8.47

2.16

0.02

100

5389.32

4451.20

1162.84

1649.90

1674.34

486.90

1404.28

358.97

3.75

16581.50

2015

31.98

27.23

6.84

9.49

10.23

2.96

9.04

2.21

0.02

100

5360.38

4564.78

1145.77

1591.12

1714.36

495.65

1514.76

370.42

3.70

16760.95

2016

32.55

28.00

6.50

9.07

9.85

2.79

8.97

2.25

0.02

100

5734.75

4932.76

1144.97

1598.04

1734.74

490.66

1579.83

397.08

3.64

17616.46

2017

33.14

27.80

6.73

9.49

9.61

2.71

8.19

2.31

0.02

100

5865.06

4919.30

1191.13

1678.56

1700.90

479.69

1449.41

408.42

4.14

17696.60

2018

33.35

27.42

6.93

10.13

9.71

2.53

7.69

2.22

0.02

100

5844.31

4804.34

1214.37

1774.12

1700.56

443.24

1347.17

389.71

3.91

17521.74

2019

33.02

26.82

7.39

10.12

10.07

2.55

7.79

2.22

0.02

100

5635.18

4576.20

1260.96

1727.65

1718.38

435.08

1329.78

378.21

4.01

17065.45

Figure PB03-4: GHG emissions, EU ETS and non-ETS, Slovenia, 2005-2019
Sources: 

GHG Archive, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2020); Reports on discharge 2005-2015, REK, 2020 (15. 03. 2021)

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EU ETS emissions[1000 t CO2 eq]non EU ETS emissions[1000 t CO2 eq]
20058720.5511709.92
20068842.1811791.17
20079048.6311768.80
20088860.1112683.18
20098067.0211311.07
20108129.8611483.68
20117994.5511545.84
20127610.5911307.02
20137386.3110832.95
20146115.2910464.36
20156109.5910649.39
20166478.6611135.79
20176570.0311124.88
20186491.9111027.80
20196253.6010809.88
Figure PB03-5: Non-ETS GHG emissions, by sector, Slovenia, 2013-2020
Sources: 

GHG Archive, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2020); Reports on discharge 2005-2015, REK, 2020 (15. 03. 2021)

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transport [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

energy industries [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

industrial processes [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

fuels in manufacturing industries and construction [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

agriculture [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

waste [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

other sectors [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

other [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

total [1000 t CO2 equiv.]

allocated emissions [1001 t CO2 equiv.]

2013

5370.97

158.42

472.58

606.41

1627.28

516.55

1698.17

382.56

10832.95

12323.92

2014

5387.47

120.02

481.03

596.55

1674.34

486.90

1404.28

313.78

10464.36

12353.72

2015

5358.42

142.97

512.47

592.01

1714.36

495.65

1514.76

318.75

10649.39

12383.52

2016

5732.74

150.89

524.24

586.79

1734.74

490.66

1579.83

335.90

11135.79

12413.32

2017

5863.35

177.39

499.07

616.51

1700.90

479.69

1449.41

338.55

11124.88

12203.09

2018

5842.28

197.86

483.97

687.57

1700.56

443.24

1347.17

325.15

11027.80

12237.81

2019

5633.21

187.67

530.63

656.48

1718.38

435.08

1329.78

318.66

10809.88

12272.53

2020

12307.24


Goals

First commitment period (CP1), 2008-2012

For the first commitment period (2008-2012), the 15 states that were EU members in 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, took on an 8 % reduction from the base-year target that was then redistributed among themselves. The differentiated targets are set out in Annex II to the Council Decision 2002/358/EC concerning the approval, on behalf of the European Community, of the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC and the joint fulfillment of commitments thereunder.

Second commitment period (CP2), 2013-2020

This period bridges the gap between the end of the 1st Kyoto period and the start of the new global agreement in 2020. In this period, the EU, some other European countries and Australia have agreed to make further emissions cuts. For their part, the EU countries (together with Iceland) have agreed to meet – jointly – a 20% reduction target compared to 1990 (in line with the EU's own target of 20% by 2020).

EU greenhouse gas targets for 2020

The unilateral 20 % GHG reduction target, in the context of the EU Climate and Energy Package, corresponds to a 14 % decrease in emissions between 2005 and 2020. The target is to be achieved both in the sectors covered by the EU ETS (21 % reduction in EU ETS emissions compared with 2005 levels) and in the other sectors covered by national emission targets under the ESD, which were determined by their GDP.

The ESD targets (2020 percentage target compared with 2005) are presented in the table below.

Country

2020 target (%)

2018

2019

2020

Austria

-16

49.90

49.35

48.80

Belgium

-15

70.74

69.21

67.68

Bulgaria

20

28.27

28.54

28.80

Croatia

11

20.57

20.76

20.95

Cyprus

-5

5.94

5.94

5.94

Czechia

9

66.17

66.91

67.65

Denmark

-20

32.31

31.41

30.50

Estonia

11

6.42

6.44

6.47

Finland

-16

29.34

28.85

28.36

France

-14

369.35

364.32

359.29

Germany

-14

439.04

432.34

425.65

Greece

-4

60.59

60.92

61.24

Hungary

10

55.99

57.10

58.22

Ireland

-20

41.24

40.11

38.97

Italy

-13

298.34

296.38

294.41

Latvia

17

9.72

9.81

9.90

Lithuania

15

14.74

15.10

15.46

Luxembourg

-20

8.54

8.34

8.14

Malta

5

1.16

1.16

1.16

Netherlands

-16

111.59

109.31

107.04

Poland

14

199.86

201.10

202.34

Portugal

1

50.69

50.97

51.24

Romania

19

84.74

86.56

88.38

Slovakia

13

25.82

26.18

26.54

Slovenia

4

12.24

12.270

12.31

Spain

-10

217.99

216.07

214.16

Sweden

-17

38.48

37.84

37.20

United Kingdom

-16

336.14

331.62

327.10

 

Source: European Environment Agency (June 2020)

(https://www,eea,europa,eu/data-and-maps/indicators/greenhouse-gas-emission-trends-6/assessment-3)

 

EU greenhouse gas targets post 2020

In October 2015, the European Council adopted the '2030 climate and energy framework',

setting a binding target to cut emissions in the EU territory by at least 40 % below 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve this target of at least 40 %:

  • EU-ETS sectors would have to cut emissions by 43 % (compared with 2005);
  • non-ETS sectors would have to cut emissions by 30 % (compared with 2005).

The 2030 framework is consistent with the longer-term objective of the '2050 low-carbon economy roadmap', which sets the EU ambition to reduce its GHG emissions by 80 % compared with 1990, with milestones of 40 % by 2030 and 60 % by 2060, It is also a milestone for the EU’s contribution to the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in December 2015.

In December 2020, the European Council adopted a new target at EU level of at least a 55% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. Reinforced national targets will be included in the legislative package “Fit for 55”.

 

Related policy documents:

Commission Decision of 26 March 2013 on determining Member States’ annual emission allocations for the period from 2013 to 2020 pursuant to Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

Commission Implementing Decision of 31 October 2013 on the adjustments to Member States’ annual emission allocations for the period from 2013 to 2020 pursuant to Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020

Conclusions on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework The European Council endorsed 4 targets: - a binding EU target of 40% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 - a target of at least 27% renewable energy consumption - a 27% energy efficiency increase - the completion of the internal energy market by achieving the existing electricity interconnection target of 10% and linking the energy islands - in particular the Baltic states and the Iberian Peninsula On energy security, the European Council endorsed further measures to reduce the EU's energy dependence and increase the security of its electricity and gas supplies,

Decision No 280/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 concerning a mechanism for monitoring Community greenhouse gas emissions and for implementing the Kyoto Protocol

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; adopted at COP3 in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997

REGULATION (EU) No 525/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 May 2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change and repealing Decision No 280/2004/EC

The Paris Agreement, Report of the Conference of the Parties on its twenty-first session, held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015,

Presidency conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 8/9 March 2007

UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories


All EU countries fulfilled their commitments from the first Kyoto Protocol period. Old Member States (EU-15) had a common 2008–2012 period target: to reduce greenhouse emissions by 8% compared to the base year. Their target was exceeded by almost 4%. Within this common target, each EU-15 Member State had its individual target set in accordance with its relative wealth. Some of them had to reduce their emissions considerably, while others were allowed to increase them. In order to achieve their targets, four countries had to buy additional emission allowances (Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain). On the other hand, all new Member States achieved their Kyoto targets without buying additional allowances, with the Baltic states being the most successful in exceeding their targets. Overall, the Member States (EU-28) reduced their emissions by 19% compared to the base year, with sinks and international credits not being taken into account. For the achievement of its Kyoto target, Slovenia exceeded its target (-8%) by 3% by using the maximum level of allowed carbon sinks.

Total greenhouse gas emissions in Slovenia amounted to the equivalent of 17,502 Gg (gigagram = 1000 tonnes or 1 kilotonne of CO2) in 2018, which was 14.1% below the value in the base year of 1986 but 0.8% above the 2017 value. The greatest contributors to decreased emissions were the energy sector (-2.3%) and the fuel consumption sector in households and the commercial sector (-8.3%), while emissions from fuel combustion in the industry and in the transport sector were higher than in 2017 by 5.0% each.

In Slovenia, CO2 has the largest share (82.8% in 2018) of total GHG emissions. It is mostly generated in fuel combustion and industrial processes. It’s followed by methane (11.1%), originating from waste and agriculture, and nitrous oxide (4.3%), which is mostly generated in agriculture as well. Emissions of N2O from transport are notable as well. Although emissions of F-gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), are very low, their contribution to global warming is still significant (1.9%) due to their strong greenhouse effect.

Covering more than 58% of Slovenia's land area in 2018, forests are an important factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Estimated sinks from the land use, land use change and forestry sector (LULUCF) decreased significantly after 2014 due to damage caused by adverse effects (glaze, strong winds) and increased sanitary logging and in 2018, this sector did not represent a sink for the first time, as emissions were 234 Gg CO2 eq.

For meeting the EU 2020 targets, the division of emissions included in the ETS and those not included in the ETS is important. Emissions within ETS, which include all larger electricity and heat producers and all energy-demanding industries, will be reduced in the future due to the reduction of available emission allowances available via auctions. In 2018, emissions from these sources in Slovenia were higher by 2.0% compared to the preceding year.

Emissions that are not included in the ETS are particularly important for Slovenia because they can thus be influenced by countries through measures and policies in respected fields. These emissions may not exceed the quantities allocated to individual countries by Decisions 406/2009 and 634/2013. For Slovenia, the 2018 ceiling was 12,238 Gg of CO2 equivalent. Emissions in Slovenia reached 11,010 Gg of CO2 equivalent, which was 10.0% below the emission ceiling for that year.

Among sectors outside the ETS, the most important is transport, which contributed 52.9% of all emissions in 2018. Within the transport sector, most emissions are contributed by road transport (99% in 20178. Emissions from transport were increasing steeply up to 2008, when they were 39% higher than in 2005. In 2009, they decreased due to the onset of the economic crisis and increased again in 2011 and 2012. In the period 2013–2015 they decreased slightly again, which can be contributed to higher environmental awareness and sustainable mobility. However due to the increased economic growth, emissions in the last three years increased again and were in 2018 31.9% higher than in 2005.

The next important source is agriculture, which contributed 15.6% of emissions. In 2018, emissions from this sector were the same as in the previous year and were by 0.6% below the 2005 levels. The main reason for reduced emissions was the intensification of livestock farming, resulting in a reduced number of livestock and improved manure management in pig farming.

With a share of 11.9%, the use of fuel in households and the commercial-institutional sector are the third most important source of GHG emissions outside the ETS. In 2018, these emissions were 8.3% lower than in the preceding year and by as much as 46.4% below the 2005 level. Such a reduction was largely a result of mild winters in recent years as well as the improved thermal insulation of buildings and the increased use of wood for heating, as CO2 from biomass is not taken into account.

Other sources that contribute to emissions outside the ETS are as follows: other use of fuels in industry (5.6%), waste management (4.0%), other process-related emissions (4.1%) and other sources (fugitive emissions, the remainder of the energy sector, etc. [4.7%]).

The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol was 2008–2012. The second commitment period began in 2013 and will end in 2020. Currently, the Kyoto Protocol covers less than a third of greenhouse gas emissions. Emission growth is the most rapid in the fastest-growing economies of developing countries. Without their participation, global warming will be impossible to halt.

In December 2015, 195 countries gathered at the climate conference in Paris. They adopted a universal, legally binding agreement to limit global warming. The agreement foresees a transition to a low-carbon society at the global level, extreme reduction in fossil fuel consumption and an increase in average global temperature by no more than 2oC compared to pre-industrial values. The agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016 and will limit emissions after 2020.

The policy of change pursued by the European Union is ambitious and involves all EU Member States. The adopted EU targets by 2020 are as follows:

  • to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20%;
  • to increase the use of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption by 20%;
  • to achieve a 10% share of biofuels in the total amount of fuels used for transport,
  • to increase energy efficiency by 20%.

To meet the commitments from the Kyoto Protocol and to achieve a 20% cut in GHG emissions, Slovenia introduced numerous measures. Most measures are described in the Operational programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the period 2013–2020. In addition, the reduction of GHG emissions is also supported by the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency for the period 2008–2016 (the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, 2008) and the National Action Plan for Renewable Energy sources for the period 2010–2020 (the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, 2010). At the EU level, there is also the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050 (European Commission, 2011).



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