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.


The phosphorus (P) budget in agriculture declined over the period 1992–2021 (for 104%). Reduction is the consequence of a decreased P intake with mineral and livestock fertilizers, as well as the consequence of increasing the P uptake by agricultural crops. The period up to 2003 was characterized by a surplus of 11 to 16 kg per hectare while after 2003 they were mostly less than 5 kg per hectare. In the period 2004–2015, the P surplus in Slovenia (+4.5 kg per hectare) was above the EU average (+2.2 kg per hectare).


In 2018, the ecological footprint of Slovenia was 5,37 gha per capita. For such a lifestyle 3.39 Earths would be required for the world's population to live within planetary regenerative capacity. This places Slovenia above the average of the EU countries (4.6 gha per capita). The carbon footprint usually accounts for around 60% of the total ecological footprint and therefore needs to receive comparatively more attention. According to consumption categories, housing and personal transportation contribute the most to the ecological footprint in Slovenia.


Energy use contributes 79% to total greenhouse gas emissions in Slovenia. The biggest sources of emissions are electricity and heat production and transport. With the introduction of the EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) Member States targets for GHG's covered only emissions from nonETS sources. Transport is by far the largest source of on nonETS emissions in Slovenia with 47%, while  emissions from energy use contribute 73%. The 2020 target has been achieved. Target for the following years are significantly more ambitious.


The export of waste from Slovenia decreased in 2020, for the first time after ten years of growth. We exported around 340 thousand tonnes of waste, mainly to Austria and Hungary. The import of waste also declined for the first time in 2020, we imported around 61 thousand tonnes of waste.


Domestic material consumption amounted to almost 28 million tonnes (13,1 million tonnes per capita) in 2020 and was 2,6% lower than in 2019. The amount of biomass utilized decreased by 1,5% compared to 2019, also  the amount of mineral resources exploitation by 1,5%. The amount of used fossil energy  increased by 1,5% compared to 2019. In 2020, the import to Slovenia was 3,3 million tonnes higher than the export from Slovenia.