Environmental expenditures by the Belgian industries in 2002

A survey on environmental investments exists in Belgium since the year 1995. This survey is conceived as an annex or by product of the Structural Business Survey covering broader economic aspects. The answer was compulsory. Current environmental expenditures were added for the first reference year 1999, with no compulsory answer from the respondents (Kestemont, 2002). For reference year 2002, the Structural Business Survey system was completely changed in Belgium. Most of the companies must send theirs data to the National Bank (Central of Balances), and a limited number of them (the smallest ones) still receive a questionnaire from NSI Belgium. By the way, annexes on environmental expenditures were adapted to be in line with the latest Eurostat definitions. A new Royal Decree was signed (later than foreseen in the project) and we were able to send out our questionnaires, on a compulsory basis, in June 2003. The novelty was the inclusion of current expenditures as compulsory annexe, and a slight adaptation of the annexes on environmental investments. The statistical population (N) is about 700.000 companies (including one person companies). The stratified sample (n) consisted on about 40.233 companies of all size classes, in which about 23.000 receiving a question on total “end-of-pipe” PAC investment (variable 21110) and total integrated PAC investment (variable 21120). 1.860 industries (from NACE 14-41 except 37) received the annexe on current expenditures (with the detail per environmental domain air, water, waste, soil and other), and 1.853 (including NACE 37) received the annexe detailing the PAC investments per domain. Both annexed questionnaires were only sent to companies of more than 49 employees. The big change in statistical procedure (getting the data through the National Bank, sending out questionnaires only to the companies not sending their results to the Bank) had an impact both on the overall answer rate to the questionnaire by companies, and to the internal (much more complicated) management for NSI. The objective of avoiding duplicate burden to the companies was achieved, but on the cost on a difficult year for the statisticians.

Date d'édition :14/06/2004
Publication du gouvernement :Oui
Type de Bibliothèque Digitale:Environnement , Industrie , Statistique
Type d'édition:Publication direction statistique