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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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In comparison with the European average, the levels of transport charges in Slovenia are relatively low. The charges for the road freight transport subsystem are somewhere at the average level, while in the rail freight transport subsystem substantially below the average level of other European countries.

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Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, mainly methane and nitrous oxide, decreased by 11.0% from 1986 to 2019. The largest declines occurred in pig and cattle production and in fertilizer application to agricultural crops. The rapid decline in emissions was typical of the early years of this period. After that, the decline slowed down. In 2019, Slovenia achieved the target (0.3% increase of greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2005) set by Operational programme for limiting greenhouse gas emissions until 2020 (increase by a maximum of 5% compared to 2005).

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In 2019, agriculture contributed 92.0% of total ammonia emissions. From 1990 to 2019, ammonia emissions in Slovenia decreased by 21.8%. 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).

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Energy consumption in transport has been declining slightly in recent years. This is due to combination of lower domestic vehicle consumption as well as lower sales to foreign vehicles. Most of the energy is used in road transport. Consumption of diesel fuel in road transport is increasing.

 

 

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In the period 1992–2019 nitrogen surplus in Slovenian agriculture decreased. Trend analysis for this period shows that gross nitrogen surplus decreased on average by 1.6 kg N/ha per year or by 50%, and the net surplus by 1.5 kg N/ha per year or by 81%. The lower surplus was mainly due to a 46% increase in nitrogen removal by crops and a 4% decrease in nitrogen input per hectare of utilized agricultural area. A lower excess of nitrogen indicates better nitrogen management in agriculture and consequently a reduction in emissions of nitrogen compounds into the environment.

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Intensity of agriculture in Slovenia is moderate, directed mostly at improving labour intensity in agricultural production, i.e. reducing the input of labour per unit of area or product. The number of livestock units (LU) per hectare of utilised agricultural area, as the aggregate indicator of production intensity, is stable; in the 2000–2020 period, the stocking density, like in other EU countries, has slightly decreased.


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