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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Energy use accounts for 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Slovenia. The largest source of emissions is transport, followed by heat and electricity production. After the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) was introduced, only emissions from sources not included in the EU-ETS system have been relevant for achieving the country's goals concerning the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. By far the largest source is transport, which accounts for 50%, while all energy-related sources combined account for 74%.


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 0.8% in 2020 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 56%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2020, GHG emissions decreased by 6.4% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (56%) is due to the conversion of agricultural land to built-up and related land.


Net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector were -4.736 kt CO2 eq in 2019, meaning that sinks were higher than emissions. According to the Slovenian Forest Service, felling decreased by about 13% in 2019 and as much as 30% in 2020 compared to 2018. For the first time since 2014, the share of sanitary felling in total felling was below 50%, which is related to the calming of the overpopulation of beetles and low forest damage due to natural disasters in 2019 and 2020.


The EU's innovation performance is monitored with the summary innovation index, which is a composite indicator obtained with an unensuanced average of 27 indicators, which are covered by 12 thematic areas. Slovenia is best in the field of information technology, where Slovenia is above the EU average (18% more). In sustainable environmental management, Slovenia is lagging behind the EU average (21% less). The target value for Slovenia is not set.