Environmental indicators in Slovenia

Environmental indicators are based on graphs, maps and assessments and as such present environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, and are prepared in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act. The Environmental Indicators in Slovenia website enables users to browse among 180 indicators. They are based on numerical data and they indicate the state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are prepared using a systematic approach based on data and monitoring, as shown in the information pyramid.

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Frequency and intensity of groundwater droughts is increasing in recent decades. 7 out of 10 years with highest annual intensity of phenomenon is classified in the period after year 2000. The highest intensity of groundwater drought was recorded in years 2012, 2002 and 2003. Regarding the duration of groundwater drought the period between years 2002 and 2004 stands out. Extreme groundwater drought most frequently occur in winter and spring while severe drought is most commonly observed in spring and summer.


In 2019, the number of employees in the environmental goods and services sector increased by 1%. The share of employees in this sector in relation to all employees in Slovenia has not changed much in recent years. Slovenia's goal is to increase the number of green jobs. The target value for Slovenia has not been set, so in the framework of monitoring the implementation of the GHG OP, we compare the situation in Slovenia with the situation in the EU and monitor changes compared to the previous year.


Incentives that go against the goal of reducing greenhouse gas GHG have grown steadily by 2017 and have seen their decline in recent years. In 2020 they decreased by 9 % compared to 2019. The target information is not set, the "gradual significant reduction of environmentally harmful incentives" is pursued. The refunds on diesel excise duties, which have decreased compared to the previous year, still represent 37 % in total, are contrary to the achievement of the GHG emission reduction targets.


The implicit level of energy taxation fluctuates throughout the observed period, but recently it has been gradually declining. The value of the indicator for Slovenia in 2020 is lower than the EU-28 average (by 4%). Prior to 2009, when it increased significantly, it was significantly lower than the EU average. The reasons for the differences can be found mainly in the differences in the structure of energy use, where the share of liquid fuels for motor vehicle propulsion is significantly higher, and in the amount of taxation of individual energy sources.


Emission productivity in Slovenia has improved in 2020. Compared to the EU, progress in the field of emission productivity in Slovenia is still too slow. Despite the progress made in the last two years, the link between economic development and measures to reduce GHG emissions needs to be further strengthened.


The amount of landfilled biodegradable waste decreased rapidly up to 2013, after which the reduction stopped. In 2016 and 2017, as a result of upgrading the infrastructure for mechanical biological treatment of waste before disposal, the amount decreased significantly again, and in 2018‒2020 it was almost zero. In the period 2016–2020 the amount was significantly lower than the target in 2020. The main measures to achieve this reduction are separate collection of waste and mechanical biological treatment of mixed municipal waste.