5 promising facts about the current state of the uk environment

We have all just enjoyed the experience of celebrating World Environment Day, and as part of continuing our love and support for this we have some interesting facts and figures for you to get your teeth into, and the news is looking pretty good too!

The Office for National Statistics have recently compiled an assortment of UK data that highlights the contribution the environment makes to the economy, along with the impact the economy has on the environment, and some steps being taken to respond to environmental issues.

Here are 5 essential facts about the current UK environment that will please you:

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 1.      Environmental taxes accounted for 7.5 per cent of the UK’s total revenue from social contributions  and taxes in 2012

Environmental taxes accounted for a cool £41.3 billion in revenue in 2012, this was comparable to 2.5% of GDP. Environmental taxes are imperative for pollution control as well as maintaining natural resource management.

 2.      Urban areas make up less than 12 per cent of the UK

The prevailing habitat in the UK is pastures at 22 per cent. Urban and related developed areas account for 11.6% of the United Kingdom, with woodlands making up 11.8 per cent.

 3.      UK recycling is on the up!

The UK recycling rate of ‘waste from households’ was 43.9 per cent in 2012, which was an increase of 3.6 per cent since 2010. The European Union target is a minimum of 50 per cent by the time we reach 2020. Wales had the highest rate in the UK in 2012, at an impressive 52.5 per cent. 

 4.      UK greenhouse gas emissions receive a massive drop

Greenhouse gas emissions are broadly understood to contribute to global warming and climate change. Carbon dioxide was responsible for the largest amount of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. However, GHG emissions were 23.6 per cent lower in 2013 compared to 1990.

 5.      ‘Natural capital’ equated to £1.6 trillion in value in 2011

Natural Capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things. It is from this Natural Capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called ecosystem services, which make human life possible.


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