Economic indicators of the environmental sector

2,171 specialised enterprises working the environmental sector

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2,171 specialised enterprises working the environmental sector

In 2018, 2,171 specialised enterprises were active in the environmental sector*, employing a total of 17,710 persons.

The turnover and added value in the environmental sector amounted to about 7.3 billion and 1.6 billion euros, respectively. The total of the purchases of goods and services approached 3.8 billion euros, while gross investments in tangible goods accounted for just over 750 million euros.

*The environmental sector consists mainly of specialised enterprises whose main activity is the production of environmental protection services, whether they belong to private or public producers and whether they operate on or off market. EPEA definition (Eurostat) of “Specialised producers”

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Economic indicators of the environmental sector (2011-2018)

Total environmental sector 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018*
Enterprises subject to VAT Number 2,154 2,189 2,192 2,201 2,215 2,199 2,163 2,171
Births of enterprises Number 142 141 124 173 148 136 174 144
Deletions of enterprises Number 97 108 125 164 134 149 205 136
Turnover million EUR 6,612 6,944 7,588 6,960 6,705 7,124 7,565 7,320
Total of the purchases of goods and services million EUR 5,079 5,311 5,590 5,109 4,751 4,898 5,349 3,792
Value added million EUR 1,630 1,843 2,055 1,659 1,786 2,187 2,145 1,609
Gross investment in tangible goods million EUR 859 893 896 762 741 1,056 909 752
Number of persons employed Number 17,619 18,647 19,749 15,142 16,167 16,239 17,682 17,710
The environmental sector consists mainly of specialised enterprises whose main activity is the production of environmental protection services, whether they belong to private or public producers and whether they operate on or off market. EPEA definition (Eurostat) of “Specialised producers”
"* Up until reference year 2017, Statbel considered one enterprise as one legal unit. However, in a globalised economy, this approach did not always ensure that business statistics reflected reality, as enterprises were increasingly structured into enterprise groups. Considering one enterprise = one legal unit was problematic when describing an economic reality or observing an autonomous economic player in its decisions and actions on the market. To remedy this problem, which affects many European countries, the European Statistical Network (ESSnet) has proposed a more precise definition of the enterprise: A statistical unit enterprise is an organizational market oriented unit which benefits from sufficient degree of autonomy in decision-making. An enterprise carries out one or more activities at one or more locations. Meaningful data for statistics can be provided for this unit. The enterprise can correspond to a single legal unit (not controlled by any other legal entity), an enterprise group as a set of legal units under common control, or an autonomous part of an enterprise group. Statbel decided to apply this new definition from the reference year 2018 onwards, which led to a break in the statistical series. We publish here for the first time the results of the structural business statistics survey based on this new definition."
Note: Nace codes used (37 + 38 + 39)
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De milieusector bestaat hoofdzakelijk uit gespecialiseerde ondernemingen die als hoofdactiviteit de productie van diensten voor de bescherming van het milieu hebben, ongeacht of ze behoren tot privé- of openbare producenten en of ze marktactiviteiten of activiteiten buiten de markt uitvoeren. Definitie EPEA (Eurostat) van "Specialised producers".

Populatie

NACE rev 1 : 2003-2007 (Nace= 14.50+23.30+24.15+37+51.57+90) Sinds 2008, de volgende Nace Rev. 2 worden gebruikt 37 + 38 + 39 + 46.77

Frequentie

Jaarlijks.

Definities

Economische activiteit (NACE-BEL) : Officiële nomenclatuur met een 'X' op het einde van het nummer daar de informatie slechts 4 posities is.

Milieusector (eco-ondernemingen) : Omzetcijfer, totale aankopen van goederen en diensten, bruto-investeringen in gemeenschappelijke goederen en aantal werkzame personen.

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