Environmental goods and services sector; activities, 1995 - 2011

Environmental goods and services sector; activities, 1995 - 2011

Environmental activities Environmental domains Periods Labour input of employed persons (1 000 years of employment) Output at basic prices (mln euros) Gross value added at basic prices (mln euros)
Total environmental sector 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 73.7 22,715 10,291
Organic agriculture 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 3.2 1,264 430
Energy systems and energy saving 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Wholesale trade in waste and scrap 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 6.2 4,015 3,505
Philanthropic envir organisations 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
In-house environmental activities 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 4.9 1,437 528
Insulation activities constr. industry 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Environmental consultancy, engineering 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 7.6 1,257 654
Environmental services 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 26.9 9,408 3,325
Environmental inspection, certification 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 2.5 207 119
Environmental related constr. activities 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 9.1 2,172 627
Education about the environment 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 0.5 52 39
Gov. administration for environment 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 6.2 1,379 583
Production of renewable energy 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Production of industrial envir equipment 1. Total environmental protection 2011* 5.1 1,400 406
Second-hand shops (not antiques) 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Preparation for recycling 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Water quantity management 1. Total environmental protection 2011* . . .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table presents economic data for the environmental goods and services sector. Labour input, output and gross value added of the environmental goods and services sector are presented.

Output and gross value added are measured in basic prices and labour input is measured in full time equivalents (employed persons).

The environmental goods and services sector consists of a group of companies and authorities involved in activities with respect to measuring, preventing, limiting, minimalizing or correcting environmental damage to water, air and soil, and problems related to waste, noise and ecosystems (OECD, 1999; Eurostat 2009).

This definition includes ‘cleaner technologies ‘and ‘cleaner goods and services’ which reduce environmental risk and minimize the use of natural resources and pollution. The definition of the environmental goods and services sector is determined on European level and is used by EU-countries accordingly.

Data available from: 1995 - 2011

Status of the figures:
The figures concerning are provisional. Because this table is discontinued, figures will not be updated anymore.

Changes as of November 12, 2014:
None, this table is discontinued.

When will new figures be published?
Not applicable anymore. This table is replaced by table: Environmental goods and services sector; activities, economic indicators. See paragraph 3.

Description topics

Labour input of employed persons
The input of labour that is deployed in a certain period. The labour input can be expressed as jobs, years of employment and hours of employment.
Employed persons are all individuals working at a company that is settled in The Netherlands or at a private household in The Netherlands.
Employed persons are considered all individuals performing paid labour, even if it is for just one or a few hour a week, even if they:
- perform labour that is legal, but which from the payment is withdrawn from registration by the treasury and social security authorities ('black labour');
- do not perform any labour temporary, but still get payment (e.g. in case of illness or hold-ups due to frost);
- are on holiday temporary, without payment.
Employed persons can be categorised in employees and freelancers.
Employees are individuals performing labour for a certain period, in return of payment or salary, in money or in kind.
Freelancers are individuals receiving income by performing labour at their own expenses and risk, for the company or profession they practise independently. Participating members of the family are also considered freelancers, unless they start an employment contract.
Output at basic prices
Output (basic prices) covers the value of all goods produced for sale, including unsold goods, and all receipts for services rendered. Output furthermore covers the market equivalent of goods and services produced for own use, such as own account capital formation, services of owner-occupied dwellings and agricultural products produced by farmers for own consumption.
The output of such goods is estimated by valuing the quantities produced against the price that the producer would have received if these goods had been sold. Output is valued at basic prices, defined as the price received by the producer excluding trade and transport margins and the balance of taxes and subsidies on products. This is the price the producer is ultimately left with.
Gross value added at basic prices
Value added at basic prices is equal to the difference between production (basic prices) and intermediate consumption.