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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For the period 2002–2005, an improvement in the chemical and saprobiological quality of rivers was observed.

Due to changes in legislation, this indicator was replaced in 2006 by the indicator [VD12] Chemical and ecological status of surface Waters.


Slovenians are big meat lovers. Data for 2021 show that we eat a lot of meat (all types of meat are included here), 89.28 kg per capita; the European average is 69.3 kg. We are also big consumers of eggs, with which we are almost self-sufficient, while fish consumption is modest and declining. However, the amount of food waste should not be neglected. A resident of Slovenia threw away an average of 68 kg of food in 2021, more every year, and most food waste is generated in households.


The eco-innovation index shows the performance of individual Member States in the various components of eco-innovation compared to the EU average, and presents their strengths and weaknesses. The overall Eco-innovation Index 2019 for Slovenia is 94, placing Slovenia on 15th rank and below the EU average. Slovenia composite index has significantly deteriorated compared to 2017, when it was at 115; placing Slovenia just behind the leading eco-innovative countries.


In Slovenia, tourism has recorded constant growth since 1992, and the number of overnight stays has tripled in the 1930s. We recorded particularly high growth in the last five years before the pandemic, and Slovenia established itself as an attractive green destination. In 2021 and 2022, the arrivals and overnight stays of domestic guests increased, but the share of foreign guests dropped significantly due to the pandemic. Otherwise, trips by households of all size categories declined in Slovenia in 2020, especially for single-member households.


The level of consumption of household assets as well as savings or investments depends largely on disposable income. It is a fundamental indicator of the material well-being of households. Household consumption in Slovenia declined markedly in 2020, while disposable income maintained positive growth. The household savings rate was the highest ever. These are the consequences of measures taken during the pandemic. In 2021, disposable income maintains positive growth, but family and social benefits and other incomes have decreased.


Almost all Slovenian households have a washing machine and refrigerator, and they posses more and more dishwashers, dryers and microwaves. While, on the one hand, the consumption of electricity and other resources is reduced due to rapid and exceptional technological improvements (such as smart appliances), it is also increasing the number of these appliances in households, which negates the achievements in efficient use of resources. This is usually referred to as the "Rebound effect".