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OECD - Energy Environment Indicators

Sectoral Trends of Environmental Significance

  1. Overall Energy Use
    • Total primary energy supply
    • Total final consumption by fuel type
    • Total final consumption by sector
  2. Energy Use by Fuel Type
    • Percent of total primary energy supply by fuel type
    • Percent of electricity generation by fuel type
  3. Indigenous Energy Production
    • Primary energy produced nationally as percent of total
    • Primary energy supply
  4. Energy Intensity
    • Total primary energy supply per unit of GDP
    • Sectoral end uses:
      • residential: TOE per capita
      • commercial and public sector: TOE per square metre
      • industry: TOE per unit of value added
      • transport: TOE per road vehicle x km

  5. Fossil fuel efficiency for electricity generation

Environmental Interactions

  1. Energy Resources
    • Proven oil/coal/gas reserves in tonnes of oil equivalent
  2. Air Pollution
    • Annual volume of air pollution emissions (SOx, NOx, CO2, CO, VOC, methane)
    • Ratio of emissions per unit of GDP
    • Ratio of emissions by end uses
  3. Water Pollution
    • Tonnes of oil released
      • through accidents
      • on a continuous basis (refineries, platforms, tankers)
  4. Waste
    • Volume of solid waste from energy production
    • Volume of radioactive waste (spent fuel)
  5. Land Use
    • Hectares of land taken up by energy production, transport, and transformation (reservoirs, pipelines, open-cast mines, harbours, etc.)
  6. Safety
    • Numbers killed and injured

Economic Considerations

  1. Environmental Damage
    • Environmental pollution damage relating to energy production and consumption, for certain types of pollutants (e.g. SOx)
  2. Environmental Expenditure
    • Total expenditure on pollution prevention and/or clean-up
      • abatement vs. clean technology
      • public vs. private
    • Environmentally-related R&D expenditures: public vs. private
  3. Taxation and subsidies
    • Direct subsidies by fuel type
      • ratio by TOE
      • as a percentage of sectoral activity
      • share of subsidies for environmental purposes
    • Total economic subsidies (direct and indirect subsidies, plus externalities)
    • Relative taxation in per cent by different fuel types
  4. Real energy prices per fuel type
Source: Table based on the OECD Environment Monograph [OCDE/GD(93)133] on Indicators for the integration of Environmental Concerns into Energy Policies, Paris, 1993.
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