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CSO statistical release, 28 June 2017, 11am

Environment Taxes

2016

€m
Tax Type20122013201420152016
Energy2,6212,7042,8013,0013,076
Transport1,4721,6621,7831,8691,908
Pollution and Resource6664574558
Total4,1594,4294,6414,9145,042
      
% of total taxes8.7%8.8%8.5%8.2%8.1%

Environment taxes exceed €5 billion in 2016

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€5 billion of environment related taxes were collected in 2016, an increase of 2.6% on 2015 and the highest level yet recorded. Energy taxes (mainly taxes on transport fuels) accounted for 61% of total environment taxes in 2016 with another 38% coming from Transport taxes (including motor tax and vehicle registration tax).

An environment tax is defined by Regulation (EU) 691/2011 as:

"A tax whose tax base is a physical unit (or a proxy of a physical unit) of something that has a proven, specific negative impact on the environment, and which is identified in the European System of Accounts as a tax."