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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After recording annual growth in 2016 and 2017, the total emissions in the EU-ETS sector decreased in year 2018 by 1.2% compared to the previous year. The decrease resulted from smaller emissions from energy industries. The total emissions in the EU-ETS sector decreased by 26% in the period 2005‒2018. At the EU-28 level, this sector adopted the legally binding target of reducing GHG emissions by 21% by 2020 compared to the 2005 level. That is an EU-28 common goal and is not further differentiated across Member States. Slovenia does not have a specific target for this sector.


In 2018, the share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption in Slovenia was 21.1%, i.e. 5.1 percent points higher than in 2005. The trend towards Slovenia’s 2020 target under Directive 2009/28/EC is severely inadequate and is also below the indicative trajectory under the National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2010-2020 (NREAP). An increase in the renewable energy share by 3.9 percent points in 2019 and 2020 will be a very demanding task; for comparison, the share increased by only 0.7 percent points in the period 2010‒2018, i.e. since the NREAP was adopted.


In 2018, emissions productivity*1 in Slovenia improved. But despite the progress made in the last two years, Slovenia (compared to EU) is still encountering slow progress in terms of emissions productivity. The link between economic development and measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions needs to be further strengthened.



In 2018, the indicator showed a slight decline in the eco-innovation index. However, Slovenia still slightly exceeds the EU average regarding eco-innovative activities. The target value for Slovenia is not set. Throughout the observed period, the indicator reflects fluctuations in the promotion of eco-innovation in Slovenia compared to the EU.


In 2017, the number of employees in the sector of environmental goods and services increased by more than 4%. The share of employees in this sector in relation to all employees in Slovenia has remained unchanged for the last two years. Slovenia's goal is to increase the number of green jobs. The target value for Slovenia is not set, so in the framework of monitoring the implementation of the Operational Programme for Reducing GHG emissions until 2020 (OP GHG), we compare the situation in Slovenia to the situation in the EU and monitor changes compared to the previous year.