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Environmental Taxes - Tax revenue up 4.8% in 2010

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In 2010, the UK Government received £41.4 billion from environmental taxes. This was £1.9 billion more than in 2009 and more than double the amount received in 1993. In 2010, environmental taxes accounted for 8.0 per cent of total taxes and social contributions, down from 8.1 per cent in 2009. Receipts from environmental taxes were equivalent to 2.8 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2010, unchanged from 2009 and down from 3.4 per cent in 2000.

Environmental tax receipts increased in 2010, compared with 2009, as:

  • energy taxes increased by £1.3 billion to £32.2 billion

  • road vehicles taxes increased by £0.1 billion to £5.7 billion

  • other environmental taxes – air passenger duty, landfill tax, and aggregates levy – increased by £0.5 billion to £3.5 billion

Government receipts from environmental taxes

Government receipts from environmental taxes, Environmental Accounts 2011
Source: Office for National Statistics

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Energy

Tax revenue from energy increased in 2010, compared with 2009, primarily due to an increase in duty on hydrocarbon oils. Revenue from hydrocarbon oils increased by £1.1 billion to £27.0 billion, mainly due to an increase in tax receipts from both ultra low sulphur diesel, and ultra low sulphur petrol. Receipts from ultra low sulphur diesel increased by £1.4 billion to £14.1 billion and receipts from ultra low sulphur petrol increased by £0.2 billion to £10.8 billion. In 2010, these two together accounted for 60.0 per cent of the total environmental tax revenue.

Transport

Tax revenue from road vehicles increased in 2010, compared with 2009, mainly due to an increase in total receipts from vehicle exercise duty, which increased by £0.1 billion to £5.7 billion - the largest since 1993.


Other environmental taxes

Tax revenue from other sources increased in 2010, compared to 2009, primarily due to an increase in receipts from both air passenger duty and landfill tax. Receipts from air passenger duty increased by £0.3 billion to £2.1 billion, and receipts from landfill tax increased by £0.2 billion to £1.1 billion.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Unleaded petrol includes super unleaded petrol

  2. Environmental accounts provide data on the environmental impact of UK economic activity, on the use of resources from the environment in the economy, and on associated taxes and subsidies.
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