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Upcoming environmental-economic accounting releases and development work

This page summarises our upcoming environmental-economic accounting releases and development work.

Upcoming environmental-economic accounting releases

Asset value of water resources and other renewables for electricity generation: 2007–15 will be published on 27 April 2017. This report complements Our fresh water 2017, which will be published by Stats NZ and the Ministry for the Environment on the same date.

The report on the asset value of water resources will provide national estimates of the resource rent and asset values for hydro, wind, solar, wood, geothermal, and biogas assets for the March years 2007–15. Asset accounts for natural resources provide a greater understanding of our national wealth.

The report updates the estimates published in Energy monetary stock account: 1987–2001 using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06).

Environmental-economic accounts will have a link to Asset value of water resources and other renewables for electricity generation: 2007–15 and associated tables.

Accounts to support environmental reporting

Atmosphere and climate

We are looking into the feasibility of producing environmental-economic accounts for air emissions (greenhouse gases by industry and households) and environmental taxes. We have yet to confirm a publication date but development work is underway, which we expect to complete by late 2017. If feasible, we will release these accounts at the same time as the atmosphere and climate domain report due on 19 October 2017.

Air emissions accounts show the relationship between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions, and whether emissions are decoupling (changing at a different rate) from economic growth.

Environmental tax accounts show the revenue generated from the taxation of activities that have a proven, specific negative impact on the environment.

Land

We are looking into the feasibility of producing environmental-economic accounts to complement the land domain report, which is due for release in April 2018.

We are considering accounts for land use, land cover, soil, and minerals. Selected components of the ecosystem service, carbon, and environmental protection effort accounts are also being considered.

Background to environmental-economic accounts and redevelopment work

Environmental-economic accounts allow direct comparisons between environmental and economic information. They are compiled using the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) framework, which is a satellite to the System of National Accounts used to produce economic statistics such as gross domestic product. This framework is used to produce internationally comparable statistics on the environment and its relationship with the economy.

The SEEA framework provides information on a range of environmental and economic issues. Examples include the assessment of trends in the use and availability of natural resources, the extent of emissions and discharges to the environment resulting from economic activity, and the amount of economic activity undertaken for environmental purposes.

The SEEA framework informs integrated environmental-economic policies, can be used to evaluate trade-offs between different policies, and can show their impacts across the economy, the environment, and society.

Redevelopment work

We are redeveloping the environmental accounts. During 2002–11 Stats NZ compiled a number of environmental accounts. Development of these was put on hold during the development of the environment domain plan and environmental reporting.

We are preparing environmental-economic accounts to complement environmental reporting. Where the relevance of an account is strong (eg if the acccount, or part of it, is used as a measure in a domain report or has significant subject matter overlap), we will release this on the same day a relevant environment domain report is published. By doing this we are able to provide a suite of environmental statistics.

Environmental-economic accounts are released as analytical reports and do not appear on Stats NZ’s release calendar. This page will be updated with further information on upcoming releases as it becomes available.

Contact us

We are interested in your data needs for understanding the links between the economy and the environment, or in hearing from you if you want to discuss any of the accounts discussed above. Contact environmental.reporting@stats.govt.nz for more information.

Page published 31 March 2017

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