World Environment Day
The way people think and live needs to be changed
In the past century the burden on the environment and our planet has been increasing due to population growth, higher standard of living, and unlimited wishes and needs of people. To be able to leave clean environment and a better world to our descendants, we will have to join forces. So join us.
5 June is the World Environment Day, which has been celebrated all over the world since 1972 on the initiative of the United Nations. This year the slogan is “Join the race to make the world a better place”.
The purpose of the World Environment Day is to raise public awareness about environmental and sustainable development issues. Because sustainable development and general well-being touch upon all fields of life and living, it is important that every one of us contributes to achieving common goals for common good.
The population is rapidly growing, which leads to the increased burden on our planet and the environment in which we live. The increasing generation of waste and waste water, large consumption of fossil fuels and insufficient exploitation of renewable resources lead to greater air pollution.
It is important to support environmentally conscious actions of the general population in which people become aware that they themselves are responsible for secure and successful future. The way people think and live needs to be changed.
In the past ten years the thinking of people and their awareness of the importance of the environment have already changed significantly. They have become more responsible towards themselves and towards the environment, which is already evident: the amount of treated waste water is growing, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption is growing, and an increasing amount of municipal waste is being collected separately.
Statistical data for Slovenia – what can they tell us about the environmental situation in our country?
More municipal waste water treated in 2014
In 2014, 183.2 million m3 of waste water of different origin was discharged from the public sewage system. Almost 50% of waste water originated from agriculture, industrial activities, other activities and households, while 50.6% was other waste water (meteoric water, run-off rain water, etc.).
88% of the waste water discharged from the public sewage system in 2014 was treated in the treatment plants and 12% of it remained untreated. In the past ten years (compared to 2004) the amount of waste water discharged from the public sewage system increased by 43%.
The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption declined in 2014
Energy from renewable sources has many advantages, since using renewable sources reduces greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. In line with Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, Slovenia is obliged to increase its share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption to 25% by 2020.
Between 2013 and 2014 the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption in Slovenia declined from 22.54% to 21.90%. In the past ten years (compared to 2004) the share went up by 5 percentage points.
Municipal waste in Slovenia in 2014
In 2014, 4.7 million tons of waste was generated in Slovenia, of which almost 892,000 tons of municipal waste. Almost 65% of municipal waste generated in Slovenia in 2014 was separately collected as a public utility service. Separate collection of municipal waste increased by 2 percentage points over the previous year and by 54 percentage points over 2004.
Less than 208,000 tons of municipal waste was landfilled in 2014, which is about 7% less than in 2013 and 67% less than in 2004.
Infographic 1: Selected environmental data for Slovenia