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Chapter 13: UK Environmental Accounts This product is designated as National Statistics

Released: 31 July 2013 Download PDF


Environmental Accounts are:

  • ‘satellite accounts’ to the main National Accounts,

  • compiled in accordance with the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA), which closely follows the United Nations System of National Accounts (SNA).

Environmental Accounts measure:

  • the impact of the economy on the environment,

  • how the environment contributes to the economy by using the accounting framework and concepts of the national accounts.

Environmental Accounts are used to:

  • inform sustainable development policy,

  • model impacts of fiscal or monetary measures,

  • evaluate the environmental impacts of different sectors of the economy.

Environmental Accounts data:

  • are mostly provided in units of physical measurement (mass or volume),

  • can be provided in monetary units, where this is the most relevant or only data available.

The United Kingdom National Accounts: The Blue Book 2013 separates environmental accounts into three categories;

  • natural resource accounts,

  • physical flow accounts,

  • monetary accounts.



Environmental accounts

Changes in key environmental and economic measures 2010-2011

The UK grew by 1.1% in 2011, compared with 2010. Average temperature in the UK rose by 20.0% during the same period. The warm weather contributed to UK energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions decreasing, as demand for natural gas fell. A contrast with the average temperature in a particularly cold 2010 which fell by 11.4% compared with 2009.

The relationships between the economy and the environment are further explored in tables 13.1 to 13.5 (168.3 Kb Pdf) .

More detailed information can be found in the UK Environmental Accounts, 2013 release on the Office for National Statistics website.


Figure 13.1: Changes in key environmental and economic measures, 2010 to 2011

This chart shows the change in key environmental and economic measures, between 2010 and 2011
Source: Office for National Statistics

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