Buongiorno Slovacchia reported that 70% of Slovaks express concern about the state of the environment. According to a survey conducted by researchers from the Sociology Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the majority of Slovaks 55% think that environmental protection should be more important than economic growth and even maintaining employment. Environmental pollution in Slovakia is mainly due to large industrial companies. The '85% of emissions total carbon monoxide come from industrial enterprises, against a 7.7% generated by companies that produce concrete, and 2.6% and 1.2% are caused by the energy and mining sector by construction companies.
An analysis by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Risks released in recent days notes that the worst polluter in the country is the large US Steel Kosice, with over 65,000 tons of carbon monoxide emissions in 2019. Four times more than Slovalco, aluminium producer of Ziar nad Hronom, the second company on the list, and twenty-five times the third, the Cenmac cement group.
On the other hand, US Steel Kosice is also the primary emitter of another pollutant, nitric oxide. Last year it emitted more than 2,800 tons, compared with 2.2.00 tons by the gravel sand producer CRH and 1.200 tons by the country's main electricity company, Slovenske Elektrarne.
Thanks also to the presence of the steel mill, the Kosice region is the most polluted area in Slovakia, while the Trnava region is the least polluted.