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 collected quantities of health-care waste increased after the adoption of the regulation governing this waste. Collected quantities of waste medicines are also expected to increase, since collection in pharmacies was introduced at the end of 2009.


The estimated average long-term intakes of metals (lead, cadmium and mercury) into the human body through food in the adult population of Slovenia do not exceed the reference points (BMDL) or health-based guideline values (tolerable daily/weekly intakes), and in children lead and cadmium on average, similarly to the EU, may be exceeded.


European Union has met its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, as total emissions excluding sinks in the 2020 target period were 34% lower than in the base year 1990, which means that the target was exceeded by 14%.

In 2020, Slovenian GHG emissions decreased by 7.1% compared to 2019. Emissions from non-ETS sectors were as much as 20.7% lower than the amounts allocated for this year, and Slovenia thus achieved the goal it had within the EU.


In 2020, taking into account only the production of energy from RES in Slovenia, Slovenia achieved a 24.1% share of RES in gross final energy consumption, which is 4.3 percentage points more than in 2005. To achieve a binding 25% national target share of RES under the Directive 2009/28/EC, Slovenia purchased the missing production from RES. The implementation of measures to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has made a notable contribution to the significant increase in the share of RES in 2020, which has led to a sharp reduction in final energy consumption.


Primary energy consumption amounted to 6,334 ktoe in 2020 and decreased for the third year in a row, this time by 5.5%. The decrease was due to the reduction in final energy consumption caused by the measures for preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus, while the electricity production increased compared to the previous year. The structure of primary energy use was in 2020 continued to be dominated by liquid fuels (29.6%), followed by nuclear energy (26.1%), renewable energy sources (18.6%), solid fuels (16%) and natural gas (11.5%).


Final energy consumption amounted to 4,440 ktoe in 2020 and decreased for the second year in a row, this time by 9.2%. The reduction was mainly caused by the measures for preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus. There was a reduction in all sectors except households. In the period 2000‒2020, final energy consumption decreased by 2.2% and in 2020 reached the lowest value in the observed period. Most energy, 36%, is consumed in transport, followed by industry, households and other uses. The 2020 target has been achieved; final energy consumption was 13.2% lower than the target value.