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 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.


Slovenian forests are over-mature, the current ratio of forest development phases is unfavourable, forest regeneration is too slow, or the areas of forests under restoration are too small to significantly change the share of forest development phases and thus ensure sustainable forest development. The role of forests as a carbon sink is at risk.


Most Slovenian forests are still undergoing natural regeneration, which guarantees the stability of future forest stands and adaptation to the changing site conditions caused by climate change. Restoration by planting seedlings and sowing (artificial regeneration) only complements natural regeneration when disturbances occur in the process of the natural regeneration of the forest, e.g. where there is no possibility of natural seeding, with the risk of developing erosion processes on exposed forest areas (e.g.


Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land-use change generally show a declining trend. GHG emissions from deforestation decreased by 1.2% in 2019 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 58%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2019, GHG emissions decreased by 5.8% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (59%) is due to the conversion of agricultural land to built-up and related land.


Areas of fields and gardens in measures that require fertilization based on rapid soil or plant tests have significantly exceeded the target value set by the 2014–2020 Rural Development Programme.


Net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector were -101 kt CO2 eq in 2019. The LULUCF sector was a net emitter in 2014-2018, meaning that emissions were higher than sinks. Forest felling was the largest contributor to sink reductions in this sector during this period. However, in 2019 it decreased by about 13% compared to the previous year, according to Slovenian Forest Service. The amount of sanitary cut in 2019 was 2,835,623 m3 or 54% of the total felling.