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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Environmental protection is important to the residents of the EU and Slovenia. The most significant environmental issues mentioned are growing amount of waste, air pollution, and climate change. A large majority of respondents agreed with statements expressing concern about various environmental problems and acknowledging their impact on their daily lives and health.


Deadwood is an important animal and plant habitat that contributes to the biodiversity of forest ecosystems. According to Slovenia Forest Service data, the volume of standing and fallen trees without stumps and branches in 2022 was 21.3 m3/ha, which represented approximately 6% of the entire wood stock of forest stands. In virgin forests, however, the deadwood volume can be even several dozen times greater.


The quality of bathing water along the Slovenian coast is excellent, which ranks Slovenia at the top among the EU countries.


In the past centuries, forest area has been increasing constantly after 2010; however, the rate of expansion has slowed down and remains relatively stable in recent years. Since 1875, when forests covered only 36% of the Slovenian territory, forest cover has increased to 58.5% in the year 2009 and rests stable today at 58.0 %. In terms of forest share, Slovenia ranks third among EU-28 countries, behind Sweden and Finland.


Energy efficiency in industry has improved significantly over the period 2005–2022, with a 39% increase. The sectors that have contributed the most to this were production of paper, machinery and equipment, chemical industry and production of non-ferrous metals, while the production of steel and non-metallic mineral products have contributed the least.


F-gas emissions from leaks from stationary installations increased significantly in 2022 due to a significantly higher use of refilled refrigerants. This represented a significant deviation from the indicative target for reducing emissions from the use of F-gases under the EU F-gases Regulation. Compared to 2015, F-gas emissions from leaks were 17% lower in 2022, while, according to the F-gases Regulation, they should have been lower by 55%.