Agri-environmental indicators: More information

Useful documents

Statistics on the agricultural use of pesticides in the European Union

Eurostat has compiled a research paper which presents results of the first collection of data on agricultural use of pesticides under Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 on pesticide statistics. The reference period in question is 2010 to 2014 inclusive. The wide variety in crops and reference periods chosen by countries seriously impaired the necessary aggregation of data before publication by Eurostat. Therefore, Eurostat is not ready to start regular production of data on pesticide use but has chosen to publish a selection of the data transmitted to Eurostat on the volume of pesticides used. Readers are therefore reminded of the overall research nature of this paper.

Eurostat published a methodological document in 2008 to guide countries during the initial stages of the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009. The document also contains the results of pilot actions in the form of a case-study. 

Harmonised risk indicators for pesticides

Harmonised Risk Indicators are needed to estimate the trends in risk from pesticide use. Harmonised Risk Indicators are defined in the Directive 2009/128/EC establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides (the Sustainable Use Directive). These indicators are necessary to measure progress in meeting the main objective of the Directive - the reduction of risks from pesticide use for human health and the environment. The European Commission shall calculate them for the EU, and Member States should calculate the Harmonised Risk Indicators at a national level. The data to be used for the calculations shall be statistical data collected in accordance with Union legislation concerning statistics on plant protection products, i.e. Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 on pesticide statistics, and other relevant data.

The Commission has prepared a document intended to provide information to Member States to assist them in meeting their obligations under Article 15(2) of Directive 2009/128/EC.

Previous versions of Annex I:

Gross Nutrient Balances

The Handbook for Gross Nutrient Balances sets out the main principles of the agreed methodology for the estimation of the agri-environmental indicators gross nitrogen balance and gross phosphorus balance. The Handbook does not include details for the transmission of the data.

Workshop reports

Pesticide statistics and indicators

On 12 November 2019, Eurostat and DG Health and Food Safety organized a workshop for agricultural statisticians and experts on the sustainable use of pesticides (plant protection products). The development and challenges of pesticide statistics and indicators were presented and discussed in this workshop. The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission presented their work on monitoring pesticide emissions.

Exploring data synergies between greenhouse gas inventories, air pollution emission inventories, and agricultural gross nutrient balances

On 30 November 2017, Eurostat and DG Climate Action together organised a workshop for agricultural statisticians and greenhouse-gas inventory compilers. Back-to-back Working Group meetings of the DG CLIMA Working Group I on “Annual inventories” under the Climate Change Committee, and of the Eurostat Working Group on Agro-environmental statistics enabled invited experts to participate in the joint workshop.