Aim of the survey

This survey is designed to collect information from businesses on how much they spend on protecting the environment. Between 1999 and 2014, the survey was run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). There is a significant demand from UK government departments and Eurostat for this information. Results from the survey will be used to calculate UK environmental protection measures.

An example of the Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditure questionnaire and information flyer can be seen by selecting the links under “Related downloads”. These are for information only and should not be used to return data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • operating environmental protection expenditure costs
  • capital environmental protection expenditure
  • disposals of environmental protection capital assets

All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK trading businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Paye as You Earn (PAYE) Population: UK business by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) as follows:

  • mining and quarrying (B)
  • manufacturing (C)
  • electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (D)
  • water collection (E 36)

Sample: approximately 3,000 UK businesses

Frequency: annual

Dispatch date: 23 September

Return-by date: 18 December

Please note that the dispatch and return-by dates are a guide and subject to change because of national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE, or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditure is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large businesses (those with 100 or more employees) for any relevant ONS business surveys because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium businesses, usually for a set period of time, then replace them with other businesses from their industry. They are very important to us, as their trading patterns are often very different from large businesses.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return-by date.

At the moment this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Survey of Environmental Protection Expenditure our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on 01633 651890. Please contact us on 0300 1234 921 if you would like to speak to someone in Welsh.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg - 0300 1234 921.