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Release: UK Environmental Accounts, 2012

Released: 27 June 2012 Next edition: 26 June 2013


Jawed Khan

Environmental Sustainability

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456278

Categories: Environmental Accounts, Agriculture and Environment, Environment

Frequency of release: Biannually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): International Passenger Survey (IPS), Prodcom


Minor production errors were discovered in Environmental Accounts 2012, published on 27 June 2012.

  • Oil & gas text in "changes in key environmental and economic measures" section was affected. All the text referring to oil & gas in the rest of the statistical bulletin was correct, all figures quoted were correct and all tables of data were correct. This text has now been corrected.

  • Latest data point of the Total Material Requirement (TMR) line on the Material Flows chart was affected. All the text referring to the TMR  was correct, all figures quoted were correct and all tables of data were correct. The line on the chart has now been corrected.

Further detailed data on fuel use, energy consumption and energy intensity from UK Environmental Accounts - 2012 was made available alongside UK National Accounts - 2012 on 31 July 2012.

Environmental Accounts are “satellite accounts” to the main National Accounts. Satellite accounts are extensions to National Accounts, which facilitate analysis of the wider impact of economic change. They are compiled in accordance with the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA), which closely follows the UN System of National Accounts (SNA).

Environmental accounts measure what impacts the economy has on the environment (for example, pollution) and how the environment contributes to the economy (for example, use of raw materials, resource efficiency, etc.) by using the accounting framework and concepts of the national accounts. UK environmental accounts are used to inform sustainable development policy, to model impacts of fiscal or monetary measures and to evaluate the environmental impacts of different sectors of the economy. Most data are provided in units of physical measurement (mass or volume), although some are in monetary units, where this is the most relevant or the only data available.

What is included in this release?

Environmental Accounts have been separated into three dimensions:

Natural resources accounts 

  • Oil and gas reserves - providing information in physical and monetary terms. 

  • Forestry - providing information on woodland area, diversity and consumption of wood products in Great Britain.

Physical flow accounts

  • Fossil fuel and energy consumption - a breakdown of fossil fuel use and energy consumption by source and industry. 

  • Atmospheric emissions - a breakdown of greenhouse gas emissions by types of gases and industry. 

  • Material flows - presents information on the total mass of natural resources and products used by the UK.      

  • Water use - showing amounts of ground water and non-tidal surface water used by Industrial Sector in England and Wales.


  • Environmental taxes - information on government revenue from environmental taxes. 

  • Environmental protection expenditure - a breakdown of environmental protection expenditure by General Government and UK industry. 

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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