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Emission Accounts

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National Accounts, Economic Statistics
Leif Hoffmann
+45 3917 3496

lhf@dst.dk

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Emission Accounts

Air Emission Account is one of the integrated Environmental-Economic Accounts (Green National Accounts) that is used as a term for separate accounts for environmentally related matters compiled in close relation with the National Accounts. The same boundaries, definitions and classifications are used in compilation of Green National Accounts as in National Accounts. In that way, it is possible to analyse the relationship between the economy on the one hand and the environment on the other, in a logical way.

SEEA, System of Environmental Economic Accounting, which is a statistical standard published by the UN and several other international organizations provides the "State of the art" for Green National Accounts.

The statistics is part of the Environmental-Economic Accounts for Denmark (Green National Accounts).

Statistical presentation

Air emissions contain information on different substances (CO2, N2O, CH4, PFC, HFC, SF6, NOx, NMVOC, CO, PM10, PM2.5, SO2, NH3)

Air emission accounts follow the same definitions and classification as National Accounts, which allows for analyses of the connection between the economy and air pollution.

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Statistical processing

Emission accounts are compiled taking energy accounts as a starting point for the emissions caused by the use of energy. Emissions caused by other factors than energy use are added subsequently and distributed among the relevant industries.

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Relevance

Environmental Accounts are relevant for those interested in the correlation between the economy on the one side and environment and natural resources on the other side. Ministries and consultant firms are among the main users of environmental accounts. Accounts are included in the overall European environmental accounts, collected and compiled by Eurostat.

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Accuracy and reliability

There is an uncertainty connected to the compilation of Air Emission Accounts as a combination of scientific assumptions and calculations have to be made. Uncertainty inherited in the source data is transferred to the Air Emission Accounts. However, conceptually consistent and over time uniform treatment of source data contribute to increasing the certainty of data.

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Timeliness and punctuality

Data is normally published without delays.

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Comparability

The industry classification in the tables is the same as the one used in the national accounts. The tables can therefore be compared to other statistics based on the industry classification. Accounts are compiled in form of time series. For example accounts for air emissions are available for each year from 1990 until the last year that is published. Accounts are consistent and fully comparable within these years. On the more aggregated level (NACE 64), the Danish accounts are comparable with accounts of other EU countries compiled according to the Regulation no. 691/2011 on European environmental economic accounts.

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics are published annually in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject Energy and air emissions. For further information, go to the subject page for Environmental-Economic Accounting.

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