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Environmental economics

Support to sectoral policies: Industry/Business

Environmental reporting by companies (1999)

Accounting and reporting for the environment has become increasingly relevant to enterprises and their major stakeholders, e.g. investors, creditors, governments and the public at large.

This report surveys the Annual/Financial reports of a large number of companies (mainly EU companies or companies that operate in the EU) with a view to identify best practice and to evaluate the relevance and comparability of the environmental information that is disclosed. The report also recommends ways of improving the reliability, comparability and usefulness of the disclosures. The views of the authors and the recommendations given do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

Survey on Environmental Protection Expenditures by Businesses in Portugal (1998)

This pilot survey, done by the Portuguese National Statistics Institute, reports and analyses data on the environmental protection expenditures made by the Portuguese business sector in 1998. The following variables were surveyed: end-of-pipe and integrated technology investments and current expenditure.

The pilot survey was funded by Environment DG of the European Commission and is part of the analyses and studies aimed at supporting the revision of Council Regulation 58/97 on structural business statistics. The Regulation covers reporting on business expenditure for environmental protection.

Pilot Survey on the Environmental Expenditure of Enterprises in Belgium (1995, 1996 and 1997)

This pilot survey, done by the Belgian National Statistics Institute, reports and assesses the environmental investments of, and environmental taxes paid by, Belgian enterprises in 1996. Some data, and complementary analyses, for 1995 and 1997 are also presented.

The pilot survey was funded by Environment DG of the European Commission and is part of the analyses and studies aimed at supporting the revision of Council Regulation 58/97 on structural business statistics. The Regulation covers reporting on business expenditure for environmental protection.