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12-07-2019 13:55

Survey results: Environmental protection and resource management expenditures in the public sector, 2016

On the basis of the results of a survey carried out by the Statistical Service, the total expenditure for environmental protection and resource management activities in the public sector in 2016 is estimated at €99 million, which corresponds to 0,54% of the Gross Domestic Product, compared to €109 million or 0,61% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2015.

In 2016, the total current expenditure reached €58,4 million while investment expenditure amounted to €40,7 million. Furthermore, the subsidies or transfers given by the public sector for environmental protection purposes exceeded those received by €17,6 million.

By environmental domain, the majority of the current and capital expenditure had been utilised in 2016 to finance the protection of biodiversity and landscapes (€34,0 million or 34,3% of the total expenditure), the monitoring, treatment and disposal of solid waste (€31,2 million or 31,5%) and wastewater treatment (€19,4 million or 19,6%). The monitoring and abatement of air pollution and the protection of ambient air and climate absorbed €6,3 million, while the protection of soil, groundwater and surface water €4,1 million. Other general environmental issues and actions for the protection of the natural environment accounted for €3,1 million and the abatement of noise and vibrations for €0,9 million.

The biggest amounts of expenditures were undertaken by the Ministry of Interior, the Forests Department, the Water Development Department and the Department of Environment.

Additional information on the subject can be downloaded from the web site of the Statistical Service at www.cystat.gov.cy, under the statistical theme “Energy, Environment”.

(MG)