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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The trend of food consumption after 2000 is slightly declining in almost all categories. One possible explanation for this decline is probably changed eating habits when we eat less at home. At the same time, there is a marked upward trend in food and beverage costs. The results of research show that of all food categories, meat and dairy products have the highest environmental impacts. The number of agricultural holdings with organic farming in Slovenia is slowly growing, but the dynamics of growth of organic production is not satisfactory.


Although a quarter of the newly registered personal cars in Slovenia are electric or hybrid, their share among all personal vehicles is only around 3%. This is due to the fact that households rarely decide to purchase new cars, resulting in a high average age of cars over 10 years, and it will take a long time for our vehicle fleet to become less energy-intensive. Slovenia ranks in the bottom quarter of European countries by the share of first registrations of new personal electric vehicles.


While the declarative attitude of Slovenian households towards the environment and efficient use of energy is improving, the ratio between environmentally aware and unaware households remains unchanged. This is evident from their environmentally oriented behaviour and actual efficiency in energy use. The results of the Slovenian Energy Efficiency Survey – REUS indicate a great potential for reducing final energy consumption in households through the development of environmentally oriented behaviour and positive habits in energy use.


In 2022, energy efficient district heating (DH) systems, i.e. systems that meet one of the criteria defined in Article 50 of the Act on Energy Efficiency, produced almost 87% of all heat in DO systems, which is the highest value in the observed period. The total share of heat from renewable energy sources (RES) and waste heat amounted to almost 21% in 2022. It increased by 2 percentage points compared to the previous year, and by 5 percentage points compared to 2016. It was 1.5 percentage point higher than the 2022 indicative target value, set according to the Renewable energy directive.


The car remains the primary mode of transportation, regardless of the distance or purpose of the trip, while the use of public transport does not show a significant increase. The main barriers to using public transport are poor accessibility, inadequate timetables, a lack of connections, and difficult access. Time inefficiency is also a significant issue. However, there are reasons for optimism, as households are increasingly open to using public transport and car-sharing.


Final energy consumption in buildings amounted to 1,600 ktoe in 2021 and was lagging behind the indicative annual target from the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). Compared to the previous year, it increased by 4%, and compared to 2005, it decreased by 17%. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in buildings amounted to 1,021 kt CO2 eq. in 2021, thus the indicative annual target from NECP was achieved.