Industry expenditure on environmental protection increases marginally in 2013

Industry expenditure on environmental protection increases marginally in 2013

Environmental protection expenditure in industrial enterprises recorded a marginal increase in 2013, figures released on Wednesday show.

On the basis of the results of a survey carried out by the Statistical Service, the total expenditure for environmental protection activities in industry in 2013 was estimated at €30.5 million, which corresponds to 0.17% of the Gross Domestic Product, compared to €30 million or 0.15% in 2012.

The corresponding expenditures in the member states of the European Union are estimated at 0.4% of the Gross Domestic Product, the Statistical Service said.

“By sector of economic activity, the manufacturing industries reported expenditures of €24.7 million, the mining and quarrying industries and the electricity supply enterprises €5.8 million and the water treatment and supply enterprises €0.1 million” the Service said.

It added that “in the manufacturing sector, where the largest amount of expenditure is reported, manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products accounted for €9.9 million, manufacturing of food products for €6.8 million, manufacturing of beverages for €2.7 million, manufacturing of pharmaceutical products and preparations for €1 million and manufacturing of wood and of products of wood for €0.9 million”.

The Statistical Service said that “by environmental domain, expenditure related to the reduction of air emissions were €10.7 million, the monitoring, treatment and disposal of waste €10 million, the treatment of waste water €8.5 million and others (such as the abatement of noise and vibrations, the protection of soil and ground water and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity) €1.3 million”.