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

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

Origin-destination Periods Emissions to water, nutrients Total nutrients (in equivalents) (1 000 nutrient-equivalents) Emissions to water, nutrients Phosphorus compounds like P (kg) Emissions to water, nutrients Nitrogen compounds like N (kg)
Total origin 2012 74,390 29,838,546 445,515,440
Total Dutch economy 2012 37,352 19,845,272 175,070,927
A-U All economic activities 2012 15,554 7,618,859 79,348,998
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2012 9,345 4,029,918 53,152,958
B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2012 2,618 1,523,513 10,941,103
B Mining and quarrying 2012 - - -
C Manufacturing 2012 2,071 1,255,049 8,163,183
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2012 1,399 952,562 4,462,285
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2012 41 13,966 267,987
16-18 Man. wood en paperprod., printing 2012 79 36,908 424,295
16 Manufacture of wood products 2012 - - -
17 Manufacture of paper 2012 79 36,908 424,273
18 Printing and reproduction 2012 0 - 22
19 Manufacture of coke and petroleum 2012 56 24,454 312,121
20-21 Chemistry and pharmaceuticals 2012 370 163,688 2,063,122
20 Manufacture of chemicals 2012 288 112,542 1,753,178
21 Manufacture of pharmaceuticals 2012 82 51,146 309,944
22-23 Man. plastics and constructionprod 2012 7 3,267 40,372
22 Manufacture rubber, plastic products 2012 3 1,547 13,427
23 Manufacture of building materials 2012 4 1,720 26,945
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2012 107 52,069 545,406
24 Manufacture of basic metals 2012 66 11,337 542,538
25 Manufacture of metal products 2012 41 40,732 2,869
26-27 Electrical and electron. Industry 2012 3 2,771 1,527
28 Manufacture of machinery n.e.c. 2012 5 4,388 2,417
29-30 Transport equipment 2012 5 976 43,651
31-33 Other manufacturing and repair 2012 - - -
D Electricity and gas supply 2012 30 5,205 249,514
E Water supply and waste management 2012 516 263,259 2,528,407
F Construction 2012 0 - 700
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2012 5 746 40,269
G Wholesale and retail trade 2012 1 362 6,449
H Transportation and storage 2012 4 384 33,820
49 Land transport 2012 2 384 14,327
50 Water transport 2012 0 - 1,615
51 Air transport 2012 0 - 1,774
52 Warehousing, services for transport 2012 1 0 12,571
53 Postal and courier activities 2012 0 - 3,533
I Accommodation and food serving 2012 - - -
J Information and communication 2012 - - -
K Financial institutions 2012 - - -
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2012 0 1 21
M-N Business services 2012 0 14 396
M Other specialised business services 2012 0 6 180
N Renting and other business support 2012 0 8 216
O-Q Government and care 2012 3,586 2,064,667 15,213,551
O Public administration and services 2012 3,586 2,064,667 15,213,551
P Education 2012 - - -
Q Health and social work activities 2012 - - -
R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2012 0 0 0
R Culture, sports and recreation 2012 - - -
S Other service activities 2012 - - -
T Activities of households 2012 - - -
U Extraterritorial organisations 2012 . . .
Total private households 2012 20,273 13,149,746 71,227,638
Own transport private households 2012 - - -
Other private households 2012 20,273 13,149,746 71,227,638
Total other domestic origin 2012 1,526 -923,332 24,494,291
Atmospheric deposition 2012 1,861 - 18,610,529
Transport difference 2012 -335 -923,332 5,883,761
Total from abroad 2012 37,038 9,993,274 270,444,513
Supply by rivers from abroad 2012 37,038 9,993,274 270,444,513
Non-residents in the Netherlands 2012 - - -
Total destination 2012 74,390 29,838,546 445,515,440
Total absorption 2012 22,363 13,459,017 89,041,578
Total abroad 2012 52,027 16,379,529 356,473,861
Discharge by rivers into the sea 2012 31,498 7,620,500 238,775,000
Residents abroad 2012 - - -
Contribution environmental problem 2012 20,529 8,759,029 117,698,861
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, 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.
Nitrogen compounds like N
The total amount of nitrogen in organic compounds (such as proteins) and inorganic compounds (such as nitrate and ammonium). Nitrogen compounds are essential nutrients for all living things: without nitrogen organisms cannot make proteins.
Nitrogen is absorbed in the form of nitrate- or ammonium salts. With an excess of nitrogen in the environment not all of these substances are absorbed and there is over fertilization or eutrophication.