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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Environment Taxes


Tax Type20142015201620172018
Pollution and Resource4847584627
Annual % change4.5%6.6%2.6%2.2%-2.5%
% of total taxes8.5%8.3%8.1%7.9%7.1%

Environment taxes decreased by 2.5% in 2018

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€5.1 billion of environment related taxes were collected in 2018, a drop of 2.5% on 2017. This was the first substantial decrease since 2009 and is explained by a drop in taxes paid on light hydrocarbon oil products and motor tax. Energy taxes (mainly taxes on transport fuels) accounted for 62% of total environment taxes in 2018 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."