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					System of Environmental and
    Economic Accounts
    The SEEA 2003 Revision

           Mark de Haan
       Statistics Netherlands
          London Group

        WIOD Conference
       Vienna 26 May 2010
Outline presentation

1. Goal SEEA revision
2. New SEEA structure
3. Key revision issues
4. Governance revision process
5. Time frame
The idea of environmental-
economic accounting

– Merge economic and environmental
  statistics in one common framework
– Focus on environmental-economic
  interactions
– Satellite accounting approach: SNA as
  point of departure for concepts,
  definitions and classifications
– Coherent statistical information system
  for strategic and policy analysis and
  indicator construction
History SEEA
– 1993 SEEA (interim version)
  Released together with the SNA
  1993
  Key focus on adjusted national
  income
– 2003 SEEA
  book of best practices complemented
  by various implementation guides (in
  the area of resource accounting)
– 2012 SEEA
  statistical standard (like the SNA):
    - No multiple options
    - No country applications
Content and Structure new
SEEA

Volume 1 – Standardized accounts

a) Physical flow accounts
   – SU tables for materials (kg), energy (j) and
     water (m3)
   – Resource inputs, product flows, residual
     outputs
   – Covers emissions and waste accounts
   – Hybrid accounts (NAMEA’s)
  Content and Structure new
  SEEA

Volume 1 – Standardized accounts

b) Natural resource asset accounts
   – SNA type assets (minerals, land, water,
     forests, fish)
   – Economic ownership and benefits
   – Asset accounts (in quantities and money)
   – Depletion adjusted current accounts
  Content and Structure new
  SEEA
Volume 1 – Standardized accounts
c) Economic transactions related to the
   environment
   – Protection expenditure
   – Resource management expenditure
   – Environmental taxes & subsidies (or
     transfers)
   – Permits to use the environment
Structure new SEEA

Volume 2 – Non standardized accounts
– Ecosystem and ecosystem services
  accounts (expanding the asset boundary)
– Valuation of environmental degradation
  (expanding the scope of valuation)

Volume 3 – Policy uses and applications
– Policy themes (sustainable production &
  consumption, climate change)
– Indicator construction (footprints,
  decoupling, adjusted income and saving)
  Key issues, some highlights
Volume 1 (21 revision items)

Classification of material flows
   – Bridging resident versus territory principle
   – Reconciling existing energy and waste
     classifications
   – MFA and SNA boundaries
   – Waste, products and residuals
   – Net material/energy/water use
Environment related transactions
   – Taxes, subsidies
   – Permits
   – Environmental industry
Key issues, continued

Environmental assets
  – Economic (SNA) assets and beyond
  – Ownership, Benefits
  – Renewable energy resources
  – Classification
Natural resource depletion
  – Depletion adjusted balancing items
  – Renewables and non-renewables
  – Soil and land
SEEA revision governance
structure (similar to SNA ‘model’)

–   Responsible body is UNCEEA
–   LG proposed research agenda and
    formulates recommendations for each
    issue
–   LG discusses issue papers and submit
    recommendations to the UNCEEA
–   International consultation of proposed
    recommendations
–   Editor drafts new SEEA chapters
–   International consultation of SEEA
    chapters
SEEA revision time frame

2010 resolution by the LG of 21 vol.1
    revision items and adoption by UNSC
    early 2011
Mid 2011 finalisation vol.1 and start global
    consultation
Early 2012 adoption vol.1 by UNSC
(together with release interim vol.3)
Early 2014 adoption vol’s 2 & 3
Further information on
Environmental Accounting,
SEEA, London Group and the
UNCEEA:

“SEEA News and Notes”
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/



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