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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Daily numbers of deaths increase during heat waves. Excess mortality during heat waves is greatest in the elderly and people with pre-existing illness. eight heat waves occurred in year 2019. The average number of deaths was 53 deaths per day during the period of heat waves and equal 53 deaths per day during the period of non-heat wave days. In 2019, no less or excess deaths than expected occurred during heat waves in total population.


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.


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%.


The performance of EU countries in the field of eco-innovations is monitored by a composite index that includes 12 indicators from five thematic areas. Slovenia is ranked as an average eco-innovation performer. The values of the indicator are gradually improving and show the progress of the eco-innovation index, but they still remain below the EU average. The target value for Slovenia has not been set.


The share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the use of fuels in industry amounted to 11% in 2021, which was 0.7 percentage point behind the annual indicative target value. The 2021 indicative target was thus not achieved. In order to achieve the target of 30% of RES in the use of fuels in industry in 2030, the share of RES will have to increase by 19 percentage points or by about approximately 2 percentage points per year.


GHG emissions in industry decreased slightly in 2021 compared to the previous year. Since 2009, there has been no noticeable trend of decreasing GHG emissions in this sector.

GHG emissions in the ETS subsector of industry sector decreased for the third year in a row and were 4.2% lower than the previous year. GHG emissions in the non-ETS subsector of the industry sector increased by 5.5% in 2021 compared to the previous year. In 2021, the share of emissions from the ETS subsector was 57.4% of all emissions in industry sector, and the share of non-ETS emissions was 42.6%.