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 results of the Energy Efficiency Survey of Slovenia - REUS show that the share of Slovenian households that are ready to start using or increase their use of public transport over the next 12 months remains quite small – a trend has not significantly changed during the 2011-2019 period. The data show that almost a tenth of households are ready, while a quarter of households are considering the option, while more than two thirds are not ready to start using or to increase their use of public transport.


In 2020, agriculture contributed 92.8% of total ammonia emissions. From 1990 to 2020, ammonia emissions in Slovenia decreased by 22.9%. In recent years, ammonia emissions in Slovenia have been around 15% below the limit set by accepted international commitments (20,000 tonnes per year). We are also achieving the target set by the new NEC Directive for 2020 (at least 1 % decrease compared to 2005).


Slovenia is a net importer of food, as imports exceed exports in terms of value. After accession to the European Union, both trade flows began to increase significantly. At that time, imports increased more intensely, mainly at the expense of processed products, and exports at the expense of unprocessed agricultural products. Over the last decade, the growth of food and beverages exports has been more intense than the growth imports, therefore the coverage of imports by exports has been increasing and has amounted to above 60% in the period 2017–2021.


Land areas, prepared for irrigation, have increased from 4,554 ha to 6,576 ha in the period 2000-2021, and their share in total utilized agricultural area from 0.9 % to 1,4 %. The water consumption per hectare of irrigated land, which strongly depends on weather conditions in each year, has decreased since 2000. Slovenia belongs to the group of EU countries with the smallest share of utilized agricultural area ready for irrigation.


Slovenia is a net importer of food, as domestic production does not satisfy the total needs (especially for cereals, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, pig meat, and honey). The long-term trend indicates that the self-sufficiency rate is higher and more stable for most animal products (milk, eggs, beef and poultry meat), with the exception of pig meat and honey, where the self-sufficiency rate is noticeably decreasing.


There is a noticeable increase in the area of agricultural land included in the implementation of agri-environmental schemes (AES) measures in the period 2015–2021. During this period, the net area of agricultural land under agro-environmental measures increased from 131,410 ha to 160,132 ha (an increase of 22%). The share of the area of these land in the utilized agricultural area (UAA) thus increased from around 27 to around 33%.