Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia

The first Slovenian Circular Economy Roadmap, authored by Circular Change and other consortia of partners, was published in May 2018. It aims to pave the way towards transitioning from a linear to a circular economy in Slovenia through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process. 

The goals of the Roadmap are: 

a. Outline the potentials that establish Slovenia as the leader of the transition into the Circular Economy in Central and Eastern Europe; 

b. Involve stakeholders to identify and connect circular practices;

c. Create recommendations for the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to facilitate a more efficient transition; and

d.  Identify circular opportunities for the strengthening of international economic competitiveness and quality of life for all.

The Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia introduces four priority fields for Slovenia:

The four priority areas that are presented were created as a combination of summaries of field work, available and relevant data and criteria, and comparable attempts to identify the areas where countries have already started their preparations for national roadmaps. 

They have been evaluated as those with which we can strengthen the efficiency of material and primary resources, increase the value of materials, products or services, develop circular business models, strengthen energy efficiency, close off material flows, prevent waste generation, integrate green public procurement, modify patterns of use, and strengthen the circular culture.

The transition to a Circular Economy is a complex, comprehensive and, most of all, long-term process. To better understand this process, the Roadmap employs the principle that we have named the Circular Triangle.

With it, we wish to outline the three fundamental aspects that, only when they are simultaneously working in harmony, allow for a systemic Circular Transition. Each of the fundamentals has a core that serves as the main stimulus for change.

The triangle is comprised of the following:

• Circular Economy – from linear to circular business models/companies (companies as the core)

• Circular Change – comprehensive policies to support the transition/public sector (public sector as the core)

• Circular Culture – a reflection on values and new narrative/citizens (citizens as the core)


About the project

The project began in September 2017, and the final report was unveiled at the 3rd International Circular Change Conference on the 11th of May 2018 in Maribor by Founder and Executive Director of CC Ladeja Godina Košir in the presence of the Prime Minister of Slovenia Dr. Miro Cerar.

The project team of experts, from various backgrounds, was led by the former European Commissioner for the Environment and current co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel Dr. Janez Potočnik and included the Jožef Stefan Institute, Wcycle Institute, Giacomelli media, and others. Circular Change authored most of the report and served as the connecting hub and main communication platform.

The Roadmap was commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment of Slovenia. The initiator of the project was the Partnership for a Green Economy led by State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Tadej Slapnik.

Public introduction of the Roadmap, Celje International Trade Fair

Public introduction of the Roadmap, Celje International Trade Fair, September 2017

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Miro Cerar expressed his support for the project on the 12th of September 2017 at the Celje International Trade Fair where the project was first introduced to the public:

For us, the transition to a circular economy is an exceptional opportunity which will enable the development of new business models and increase the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. Our ambition is to become a regional leader in the field of systemic transition to a circular economy and join the most advanced European countries who have already implemented the principles of the circular economy is their central developmental paradigm.

The Roadmap builds on the goals set in the Slovenian Development Strategy 2030, by the Vision of Slovenia in 2050, as well as, in Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy. 

A key goal of the project was to identify the regional and local opportunities of the circular economy sector in Slovenia. For this purpose, CC and the Partnership for a Green Economy organized 12 regional consultations and published the original document Inside the Regions of Slovenia (in Slovenian).

Co-creating the Roadmap

During the period between September 2017 and April 2018, the project group for the preparation of the Roadmap: 

• Organized and conducted 7 meetings in 12 regions of Slovenia and 7 interactive workshops;

• Listed almost 100 good practices from all over Slovenia;

• Conducted 19 structured interviews with key stakeholders from government departments, the economy, interest groups, and experts from individual fields;

• Stimulated 3,000 stakeholders to take part in communication within the framework of the Partnership for Green Economy and the electronic newsletter;

• Presented the Roadmap at various events in 9 European countries – i.e. Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, France, Serbia, and Slovakia;

• Presented the process of drawing up the Roadmap at more than 15 different events in Slovenia; and

• Regularly informed the public on the progress of the project on websites, social networks,

 and the Partnership for Green Economy.

Project team


Ladeja Godina Košir, MSc, Circular Change

Niko Korpar, MSc, Circular Change

Janez Potočnik, PhD Na-svet, strateško svetovanje, Janez Potočnik s. p.

Robert Kocjančič, PhD Jožef Stefan Institute


Luka Klemen, Oglaševalske storitve in svetovanje, Luka Klemen s. p.

Peter Frkal, Jožef Stefan Institute

Jurij Giacomelli, MSc Giacomelli media

Igor Kos, Wcycle Maribor Institute

Tadej Žurman, PKG Šprinzer Mirko s. p.

Mirko Šprinzer, PKG Šprinzer Mirko s. p.


Tadej Slapnik, Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia

Nives Nared, MSc, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

Janja Kreitmayer McKenzie, Msc, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia

Klavdija Merc Godler, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia


Andreja Martinc, Design& oblikovanje vizualnih komunikacij, Andreja Martinc s. p.