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Over €30m spent by industry on environmental protection

The Koshi waste processing plant

The total spent by manufacturing industry on environmental protection in Cyprus in 2013 totaled €30.5 million, or 0.17 per cent of GDP, the statistical service Cystat said on Wednesday.

The figure showed that Cyprus was behind the EU average of 0.4 per cent when it came to spending on environmental protection by industry but it was up slightly on 2012 when it totaled €30m, or 0.15 per cent of GDP, Cystat said.

By sector of economic activity, the manufacturing industries reported expenditure of €24.7m, the mining and quarrying industries and electricity supply enterprises €5.8m and water treatment and supply enterprises €0.1m.

The largest amount of expenditure €9.9m was spent in the sector of non-metallic mineral products, followed by food processing at €6.8m, the manufacture of beverages €2.7m, pharmaceutical products €1m and wood €0.9m.

By environmental domain, expenditure related to the reduction of air emissions totaled  €10.7million, the monitoring, treatment and disposal of waste €10 million, the treatment of waste water €8.5 million and others (such as the abatement of noise and vibrations, the protection of soil and ground water and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity) €1.3 million.

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