Recent assessments of the environments contribution towards the economy has found that there has been continued growth in the sector along with increased resource productivity. However there has been a decline in spending on environmental protection in relation to the improving economy.
Renewable Waste Sector Helps UK Economy Grow
The 2015 Environmental Accounts for the UK, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show the environment and overall green economy contributed 357,200 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in 2012, an increase of 5% (18,000 jobs) since 2010. The sector producing renewable energy accounted for 7,000 FTE jobs in 2012, a rise of 59% since 2010.
ONS also looked closely at the total waste management of resources and how this had affected the economy, finding that there has been a “decoupling” between resource use and economic growth.
“In 2000, 12.6 tonnes of material resources were consumed per capita. This reduced to 9.2 tonnes in 2013. Increases in the use of recycled materials and in the use of waste for energy purposes have helped to increase resource productivity,” according to a commentary on the data.
It also notes that the amount of energy we consume has been falling in recent years, as technological advances in the gadgets and appliances we use mean they now run off less electricity than they once did. The amount fell by 14% in 2013 against 2005, with fossil fuels accounting for 87% of all energy consumed in 2013, down from 92% in 2008.
One reason for this has been down to an increase in energy from renewable and waste sources, which made up 5.6% of all the energy consumed in 2013 compared to 1.2% in 2000. The Government spent around £14.4bn on environmental protection during 2013, which accounts for 0.8% of the UK’s GDP, with waste management accounting for 80.3% of that.
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