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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Environment Taxes


Table A: Environment Taxes by Type
Pollution and Resource4758462620
Annual % change6.3%2.8%2.2%-2.2%-2.1%
% of total taxes8.4%8.2%7.9%7.2%6.5%

Environment taxes decreased by 2.1% in 2019

Environment Taxes 2019 Headline Graph
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€5.0 billion of environment related taxes were collected in 2019, a drop of 2.1% on 2018. This is the second successive year where environment related taxes have decreased. The main reason for this fall in taxes paid relates to a decrease in the Public Service Obligation levy, mainly associated with an increased negative R-factor, a higher benchmark price and the expiry of the Peat PSO Scheme during 2019. Meanwhile, energy taxes (mainly taxes on transport fuels) accounted for 60% of total environment taxes in 2019 with another 39% 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."