Slovenia aspires to lead the European charge in circular economy transformation, strategically decarbonizing its economy and society. The program is dedicated to establishing a unified reference framework, driving key value chain decarbonization, fostering innovation, empowering local stakeholders, facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration, and nurturing sensemaking capabilities to propel this circular transition for all communities.

  • Location: Slovenia

1. Circular Economy Framework:
Vision: Slovenia aims to lead in transforming and decarbonizing its economy and society.
Goals: Develop a common reference framework for the Circular Economy portfolio, making informed decisions on ongoing efforts and new initiatives.
Statistics: Current initiatives focus on the built environment, mobility, food, forestry & wood, and manufacturing.

2. Key Program Goals:
Support Decarbonization: Targeting the decarbonization of key value chains including the built environment, mobility, food, forestry & wood, and manufacturing.
Spark Innovation: Encouraging the development of systemic solutions in entrepreneurship, education, policy, and finance.
Empower Local Stakeholders: Developing practical skills and applying systems thinking tools for implementing decarbonization, climate resilience, and circular economy policies.

Focus Areas:

Built Environment:

  • Challenge: Construction waste constitutes the largest share of material waste.
  • Potential: Bioeconomy based on wood as a carbon-stocking material.
  • Goal: Enhance resource efficiency and circular economy practices.


  • Challenge: Agriculture is vulnerable to climate change impacts.
  • Goal: Increase national food production capacity, strengthen local value chains, and promote sustainable practices like regenerative farming.

Forestry & Wood:

  • Challenge: Geographically dispersed industry with potential for rural development.
  • Goal: Facilitate a just transition to a skills- and knowledge-based forestry sector.


  • Challenge: Transport sector emissions reduction target of 90% by 2050.
  • Goal: Gradually reduce energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, and switch to low-emission vehicles.


  • Challenge: Circular economy transformation at the heart of manufacturing.
  • Goal: Rethink product creation, reduce waste, conserve resources, and contribute to a sustainable economic model.

Implementing the Deep Demonstration for the systemic transition to a circular economy in Slovenia will lay the foundations for long-term well-being and prosperity, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to environmental and climate goals. This national approach, based on regional and local needs, aims to create a resilient and prosperous Slovenian society.