CSB has released collection of statistical data "Environmental indicators in Latvia"


Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) has published collection of statistical data "Environmental indicators in Latvia". The data collection presents statistics on environmental investments and current expenditure on natural resources and environmental protection (sample survey data), as well as information on the emission of polluting substances into the atmosphere from stationary sources, environmental quality, generation of municipal and hazardous waste, air emissions and material flow accounts1 in 2014 and comparison of the data with previous years.

Municipal waste – generated more, collected less

In 2014, 2.0 million tons of municipal waste were generated – an increase of 5.9 %, as compared to 2013, while 1.8 million tons of waste were collected – 7 % less than in 2013, in its turn. During five-year period, amount of municipal waste generated has doubled, whereas amount of waste collected has risen by 16 %. Household waste comprise 28 % of all municipal waste generated. In 2013, one Latvia resident has generated 312 kg of waste – 169 kg or 35 % less than average indicator in EU.

In 2014, 709.6 thousand tons of waste were landfilled in polygons – a rise of 6 thousand tons or 0.9 %, as compared to 2013. During the time period from 2007 to 2011, the amount of waste landfilled has dropped from 804 thousand tons to 572 thousand tons, respectively, however, starting from 2011, the amount of waste landfilled tends to increase. In comparison with 2013, the amount of the waste processed in 2014 has increased by 160.7 thousand tons or by 9.3 %, and four times more than in 2009. In comparison with 2013, the amount of municipal waste exported in 2014 has declined by 2.5 %, while, as compared to 2009, the amount of waste exported has went up more than twice.

CO2 emissions from energy sector are increasing

The greatest greenhouse gas pollution in Latvia comes from energy combustion – on average 8 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent or 60-70 % of the total pollution annually. Major share in the greenhouse gas emissions is formed by carbon dioxide (CO2) that mainly arises from burning fossil fuels (oil products, coal, natural gas, etc.). As compared to 2009, CO2 emissions from transportation sector in 2013 went down to 17 %. Energy sector emissions increased up to 23 % of the total carbon dioxide emissions, while household emissions remained at the previous level (19 % in 2009 and 21 % in 2013).

During the recent years, productivity of the use of natural resources stagnates

In 2013, the productivity of the use of natural resources, revealing the amount of output (products) that can be generated by using one nominal tonne of natural resources, comprised EUR 0.49 per kg – 3.3 % less than in 2012. During ten years, productivity of resources has gradually risen, reaching the highest point in 2009 (EUR 0.58/ kg), while since 2010, the indicator almost has not changed, staying around EUR 0.50/ kg. In compliance with the National Development Pan of Latvia, till 2020, productivity of resources has to reach EUR 600 per ton of resources, in 2014, this indicator constituted EUR 512 per ton of resources.

Investments in environmental protection from resources of enterprises tend to reduce

In 2014, Latvian enterprises have invested EUR 20.4 million in protection of water resources (40 % of total investments in environmental protection) and EUR 15.2 million in air protection (29 %). Compared to 2013, investments from resources of enterprises have dropped by 62%. Investments in environmental protection tend to fluctuate year by year – during the latest years, the highest volume thereof was recorded in 2013 (EUR 135.6 million), while the smallest – in 2011 (EUR 38.3 million). In 2014, enterprise environmental protection expenditure reached EUR 98.2 million – 20 % more than in 2013. The highest expenditure last year was formed by waste collection and treatment (EUR 47.9 million) as well as sewerage (EUR 38.5 million).

Electronic publication is available on CSB website csb.gov.lv or http://ej.uz/videsraditaji_2014.

1Air emissions accounts record and present data on emissions into the air in a breakdown by emitting economic activities, covering both production and consumption. Material flow accounts cover all solid, gaseous, and liquid materials (raw materials, processed and unprocessed materials, residues, etc. materials, except for flows of air and water) having economic value and used in national economies. Material flow is measured in mass units per year.


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