Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia


Full title of the document: Proposal for a uniform document on the potentials and opportunities for the transition to a circular economy in Slovenia

Duration: September 2017 - May 2018

Contractor: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Republic of Slovenia

Project overview:

The Slovenian Circular Economy Roadmap was authored by Circular Change and a consortia of partners. Its primary objective is 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 presents four priority fields for Slovenia:


The four priority areas that are presented were based on a combination of field work, relevant data and criteria, and comparable attempts of countries that have already published national road maps. 

They have been evaluated as those with high potential to strengthen material and resources efficiency, preserve and extended 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. For each priority are, the Roadmap highlights an example of a good practice.

The transition to a Circular Economy is a complex, comprehensive and, most of all, long-term process. To visualize the process, the Roadmap presents the Circular Triangle model.

The triangle outlines three interconnected fields that together create the condition for a systemic Circular Transition. Each of the fundamentals has a core that serves as the main stimulus for change:

• 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)

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  • 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 Nered, 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.