Environmental accounts; emissions to water, origin destination 1995-2012

Environmental accounts; emissions to water, origin destination 1995-2012

Origin-destination Periods Emissions to water, heavy metals Chromic compounds like Cr (kg) Emissions to water, heavy metals Copper compounds like Cu (kg) Emissions to water, heavy metals Mercury compounds like Hg (kg) Emissions to water, heavy metals Lead compounds like Pb (kg) Emissions to water, heavy metals Nickel compounds like Ni (kg) Emissions to water, heavy metals Zinc compounds like Zn (kg) Emissions to water, nutrients Total nutrients (in equivalents) (1 000 nutrient-equivalents) Emissions to water, nutrients Phosphorus compounds like P (kg)
Total origin 2012 219,051 558,239 1,444 251,082 294,842 2,350,005 74,390 29,838,546
Total Dutch economy 2012 20,157 224,925 582 77,988 67,909 816,762 37,352 19,845,272
A-U All economic activities 2012 5,085 70,211 96 13,340 50,093 357,183 15,554 7,618,859
Total private households 2012 3,501 179,489 298 55,784 8,403 212,601 20,273 13,149,746
Total other domestic origin 2012 11,571 -24,776 188 8,864 9,412 246,979 1,526 -923,332
Total from abroad 2012 198,894 333,314 862 173,094 226,933 1,533,243 37,038 9,993,274
Total destination 2012 219,051 558,239 1,444 251,082 294,842 2,350,005 74,390 29,838,546
Total absorption 2012 15,840 150,053 269 36,306 18,588 464,304 22,363 13,459,017
Total abroad 2012 203,211 408,186 1,175 214,776 276,254 1,885,702 52,027 16,379,529
Contribution environmental problem 2012 103,970 158,040 485 122,971 163,023 1,872,519 20,529 8,759,029
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains information about the origin and destination of emissions to water of nutrients and heavy metals. These data are part of the environmental accounts. The origin of the emissions to water can be divided into the Dutch economy (disaggregated by private households and industries) and the rest of the world. The destination can be divided into absorption by producers, drain off emissions to the rest of the world and contribution to the environmental problem. The figures in this table can be compared in a consistent way to macro-economic indicators. Furthermore, water emission accounts indicators can be derived for the emissions of heavy metals into water and the eutrophication of surface waters. These indicators can be used for supporting water policy.

Data available from: 1995

Status of the figures:
To obtain coherent and consistent time series, the complete time series are (re)calculated. The latest insights, particularly with regard to the emission factors are included in the calculations.

Changes as of January 30, 2015:
None, this is a new table.
This table replaces a similar table containing data till 2010, where except for the years 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 from the emission inventory also the interjacent years were provided (see paragraph 3. Links to relevant tables and articles).

When will new figures be published?
New figures are published biannually in October, simultaneously with the appearance of the publication of the environmental accounts. The first update will take place in October 2016.

Description topics

Emissions to water, heavy metals
A group of metals with a high atomic weight, in particular metals with high toxicity, such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, lead, nickel and zinc.
Chromic compounds like Cr
The sum of chromic compounds, measured as the total amount of chromium that is present in those compounds.
Copper compounds like Cu
The sum of copper compounds, measured as the total amount of copper that is present in those compounds.
Mercury compounds like Hg
The sum of mercury compounds, measured as the total amount of mercury that is present in those compounds.
Lead compounds like Pb
The sum of lead compounds, measured as the total amount of lead that is present in those compounds.
Nickel compounds like Ni
The sum of nickel compounds, measured as the total amount of nickel that is present in those compounds.
Zinc compounds like Zn
The sum of zinc compounds, measured as the total amount of zinc that is present in those compounds.
Emissions to water, nutrients
Nutrients that are necessary for the growth of crops and plants (such as phosphorus and nitrogen).
A too high concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen in the surface water is bad for the quality of the surface water.
Total nutrients (in equivalents)
Nutrients that are necessary for the growth of crops and plants (such as phosphorus and nitrogen)
The emissions of phosphorus and nitrogen are converted to nutrient-equivalents and then added up. In the conversion the harmfulness of the nutrients to the environment is taken into account. Phosphorus gets a heavier weight than nitrogen (factor 10)
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A too high concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen in the surface water is bad for the quality of the surface water.
Phosphorus compounds like P
The total amount of phosphates and other phosphorus compounds in waste water, measured as phosphorus (P). Phosphate is a compound of phosphorus with oxygen. Phosphorus compounds are nutrients and of vital importance for all organisms, because it is a nutrient for different proteins and for the skeleton.