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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In the post-2000 period, nitrogen consumption from mineral fertilisers initially declined. After 2009, consumption more or less stabilised at around 27,500 tonnes, with annual values ranging from 26,300 to 28,612 tonnes. In 2020, the consumption of N from mineral fertilisers was 27,692 tonnes. Thus, the target value for 2020 (less than 28,000 tonnes of N per year) was achieved. The 2020 target was also met for all individual years of the 2016-2020 period.


After the increase in number of total passenger kilometres in public passenger transport in 2019, in 2020 the number of total passenger kilometres in PPT sharply decreased. Passenger kilometres decreased to the lowest level in the observed period in both rail transport and road public passenger transport. The main reason for such decrease in passenger kilometres is the large reduction in transport activity as a result of the measures taken during the COVID-19 epidemic.


The share of RES in transport increased for the forth year in a row and in 2020 amounted to 10,9%. As a result, it exceeded the 2020 target under Directive 2009/28/EU by 0,9 percentage points.


In 2016 and 2017, the trend of reducing specific emissions of new vehicles has stopped, and they have even increased in 2018 and 2019. Even though specific emissions of new vehicles have reduced for almost 10% in 2020, achieving the 2021 target remains on a critical path meaning that strengthening of the implementation of measures in this area is needed.  After growth in 2018 and 2019, the average emissions of all vehicles decreased slightly again in 2020, but they did not achieve the set indicative target of the OP GHG.


In 2020 Slovenia's non-ETS greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 9,8% and were 20,7% below the 2020 target, which means the target was achieved. The large reduction in emissions in 2020 was mainly due to reduced transport activity due to the coronavirus pandemic. GHG emissions decreased in the waste, electricity and heat sector and most in the transport sector. In all other sectors, emissions recorded low growth

Despite the good results, additional measures are needed for long-term GHG emissions reduction in line with the mid- and long-term targets.


The indicator monitors the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development by comparing the HDI - the human development index and the ecological footprint. Between 1990 and 2019, the value of the Human Development Index (HDI) increased from 0.774 to 0.917 (by 18.5%). Slovenia is ranked among the countries with a very high human development index, in 22nd place out of 189 countries included in the calculations. In general, the higher the HDI of a country is, the higher the ecological footprint is.