Environmental goods and services sector accounts
The environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) comprises all entities in their capacity as environmental producers, i.e., undertaking the economic activities that result in products for environmental protection and resource management. Resources management covers preservation, maintenance and improvement of natural resources thus protecting these resources against deterioration.
Terms and definitions
Exports [environmental protection]
Exports of goods and services consist of sales, barter, or gifts or grants, of goods and services from residents to non-residents. EGSS exports should only be reported in relation to the market output of the EGSS products.
Output [enviromental protection]
Output consists of those produced goods or services that become available for use outside the producer unit, any goods and services produced for own final use and goods that remain in the inventories at the end of the period in which they are produced. The EGSS output also includes ancillary output.
Employment [environmental protection]
Employment in environmental protection and resource management activities is measured by the full-time equivalent employment engaged in the production of the environmental output as defined above. The full-time equivalent is the number of full-time equivalent jobs, defined as total hours worked divided by average annual hours worked in full-time jobs.
Gross value added [environmental protection]
Gross value added of environmental protection and resource management activities represents the contribution made by these activities towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is the difference between the value of the output and the sum of all intermediate consumptions (IC).
Survey method and data source
- Central Statistical Bureau (statistics on industry, energy, national accounts, environmental protection expenditure accounts, foreign trade and employment);
- Agricultural Data Centre (statistics on organic agriculture);
- Ministry of Agriculture (statistics on forestry).
- Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 2);
- Classification of Environmental Protection Activities (CEPA);
- Groups of Classification of Resource Management Activities (CReMA) classes.
Contact person on methodology
Environment and Energy Statistics Section