The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its latest figures on environmental taxes which show that such taxes amounted to £33 billion in 2002, compared to £32 billion in 2001 and £33.1 billion in 2000.
Other key findings are as follows.
* Government revenue from environmental taxes rose by 52% between
1994 and 2002.
* Taxes on hydrocarbon oils such as petrol and diesel have risen from £14 billion in 1994 to £22.1 billion in 2002, a rise of almost 60%.
* Between 1994 and 2002 the composition of hydrocarbon taxes has changed significantly. For instance, leaded petrol is no longer produced. Production is now focused on low or ultra low sulphur varieties following the introduction of duty incentives in 2000.
* Revenue from the climate change levy, introduced in April 2001, amounted to £837 million in 2002.
* Revenue from air passenger duty amounted to £815 million in 2002 compared to £940 million in 2000 and £824 million in 2001. The decline in revenue over the last two years reflects the downturn in air travel following the World Trade Centre attack.
* Landfill tax was introduced in October 1996 and by 2002 revenue from this source had risen to £528 million.
* In April 2002, a new environmental tax focusing on the quarrying industry was introduced. The aggregates levy raised £211 million in its first year.
Fuller analysis of the UK’s environmental accounts can be accessed at www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=3698.