Overview:

  • data are allocated to 13 industries using information from National Account Supply and Use tables (SUTs) and a variety of other sources
  • the data cover the UK as a whole; there are currently no estimates at a regional level.
  • historic data are published as a time series dating back to 1993

Environmental taxes are an important topic within the UK Environmental Accounts.

An environmental tax is defined as a tax whose base is a physical unit such as a litre of petrol, or a proxy for it, for instance a passenger flight, that has a proven specific negative impact on the environment. This definition has been agreed by international experts and adopted by Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Estimates of environmental taxes from 13 industries are updated annually (each autumn) in line with the latest public sector statistics and additional supply-use information provided by input-output analysis.

The environmental taxes data are compiled in accordance with SEEA 2003, which follows national accounting standards set out in the United Nations, System of National Accounts 1993 (SNA 93) and the Eurostat handbook on the compilation of environmental taxes.

Environmental taxes data are used to provide information for policy makers and analysts.

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