Cyprus Mail

Still lagging behind the EU average in environmental expenditure

Total expenditure on environmental protection activities in the public sector in 2013 was estimated at €90.2 million,  or 0.50 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), compared to €89.3 million (0.46 per cent of GDP) in 2012 and €101.6 million (0.52 per cent of GDP) in 2011, the statistical service Cystat said on Thursday.

The share of Cyprus’ GDP devoted to environmental protection activities is lower than the average across the member states of the European Union, which stood at 0.67 per cent in 2012, Cystat said.

The bulk of the 2013 expenditure was used on a single objective – to finance wastewater treatment – which used up €30.9 million or 34.3 per cent of the total.

Actions for the protection of the natural environment and biodiversity across a wide area of sectors, used up €45.3 million or 50.3 per cent.

The monitoring, treatment and disposal of waste absorbed €7.6 million of  total expenditure. The monitoring and abatement of air pollution €3.1 million, the protection of soil and ground water €2.7 million and the abatement of noise and vibrations €0.6 million.

The biggest expenditures were undertaken by the forestry department and the water development department, Cystat said

Additional information on the subject can be downloaded from the web site of the Statistical Service at the address

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