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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.



The implicit energy tax rate slightly decreased in 2017, by 0.5% compared to 2016, and in 2018 was 2% lower than in 2017. In 2018, for the first time in a long time, the implicit energy tax rate was lower than the EU-28 average (by 1%). Before 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, wherein the share of liquid fuels for motor vehicle usage is significantly higher, and in the amount of taxation on individual energy sources.


Incentives that work against the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been steadily growing in recent years but in 2018 they were reduced by 8%. The target value is not set, but the direction of the "gradual significant reduction of environmentally harmful incentives" is pursued. The refund of excise duties on diesel fuel stands out. This refund decreased compared to the previous year but still represents 35% of all incentives that work against the goal of reducing GHG emissions.


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.


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.