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Environmental surveys

Waste management

Waste management covers the areas of waste prevention, preparatory work for waste re-use, material and energetic waste recovery and safe waste disposal. Several waste statistics are compiled to measure the extent to which the relevant goals are achieved. These statistics cover in particular the surveys of waste disposal, the generation of waste and the registration of certain wastes. A direct evidence of waste prevention is not possible in statistical terms.

The results of the surveys are published in Fachserie 19 Reihe 1 "Abfallent­sorgung" (see on the German website under Publikationen/Thematische Veröffentlichungen/Umwelt) that is released in July each year. Between the release dates of Fachserie 19 Reihe 1 we publish in advance completed survey results in ad-hoc outcome reports (see below in the Tables area) and on the common statistics portal of the Statistical Offices of the Länder and the Federal Statistical Office. In the waste balance (see also below in the Tables area) you will find data on waste generation in Germany, which consist of summarised results of the various waste statistics.

Substances affecting the climate

Surveys of various substances affecting the climate provide information about the emission potential of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases. These fluorine derivatives (FC, HFC or compositions thereof) are especially used as refrigerants in air conditioning systems, propellants in sprays, and in foamed plastics and the like. The data are collected from enterprises that produce, import, export or use fluorinated greenhouse gases. Since 2006, data have been separately collected on the potential emission amounts of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), the strongest known greenhouse gas. In accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the amounts of that gas used are annually compiled in tables.

Environmental economics

Environmental-economic statistics are designed to quantify the economic role of environmental protection.Their objectives are, on the one hand, to determine the business sector’s expenditure in order to avoid, reduce or eliminate emissions and, on the other, to show the importance of the environmental protection goods and services market (ecological market) for the national economy.

Water management

The statistics on water management provide information on how the natural water resources are used by man. The relevant data relate to the extraction of water from nature, the use of water, for instance, for drinking purposes in households or for production purposes in industry, through to water treatment in waste water treatment plants and waste water discharge. In this context, water extraction and use and also waste water disposal are covered separately for the public and the non-public (business) sector. In addition, both drinking water and waste water-related costs are determined by collecting information on associated fees and charges.

The statistics on accidents with water-endangering substances give an overview of the accidents occurring in transporting and handling such substances. Furthermore, the statistics reflect the relevant detrimental impacts on water bodies. In the context of the water protection scheme, the survey of equipment used to handle water-endangering substances provides information about the existing potential for danger regarding this equipment.


Substances affecting the climate

Environmental economics

Water supply industry


Water supply and waste water disposal

Accidents involving water-endangering substances

Drinking and Waste water charges

Charges for drinking water supplied to housholds

Charges for the disposal of waste water from households

Waste water disposal - sewage sludge

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