NA/46 An environmental module and the complete system of national accounts

Boo, Abram J. De, Peter R. Bosch, Cor N. Gorter and Steven J. Keuning (1991).A linkage between environmental data and the National Accounts is often limited to the production accounts. This paper argues that the consequences of economic actions on ecosystems and vice versa should be considered in terms of the complete System of National Accounts (SNA). One should begin with relating volume flows of environmental matter to the standard economic accounts. For this purpose, a so-called National Accounting Matrix including Environmental Accounts (NAMEA) is proposed. This is illustrated with an example.