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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Environment Taxes


Tax Type20132014201520162017
Pollution and Resource5948475851
% of total taxes8.9%8.5%8.3%8.1%7.8%

Environment taxes reach €5.2 billion in 2017

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€5.2 billion of environment related taxes were collected in 2017, the highest level yet recorded. Energy taxes (mainly taxes on transport fuels) accounted for 62% of total environment taxes in 2017 with another 37% 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."