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Environmental-economic accounts

Environmental-economic accounts explore how the environment and New Zealand economy interact and how our natural resources contribute to our national wealth. They measure the value and volume of many of New Zealand's natural resources, and identify which industries use them.

We compile the environmental-economic accounts using the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) framework, which is aligned with the System of National Accounts (SNA). The SEEA framework is based on principles, definitions, and concepts that are consistent with the SNA and allows us to reliably compare and integrate economic and environmental data.

Redevelopment work

We are redeveloping the environmental accounts.

We are currently updating the fish and forestry monetary stock accounts and the water and forestry physical stock accounts. We aim to release these in early 2018. We are also investigating the possibility of developing other environmental accounts.

See our Publications in the pipeline page to see what we're planning to publish in the next few months.

Latest releases

Asset value of water and other renewables for electricity generation: 2007–15 (published 27 April 2017)
Information about the asset value of renewable energy resources in New Zealand

New Zealand's marine economy: 2007–13 (published 27 October 2016)
Information about the economic activities that take place in, or use, the marine environment

Previous releases

Energy and emissions

Asset value of water and other renewables for electricity generation: 2007–15
Information about the asset value of renewable energy resources in New Zealand.

Energy, Economy, and Emissions: 1997–2003
National and industry-level information on energy demand, economic activity, and gas emissions.

Environmental protection expenditure

Environmental protection expenditure account for the public sector, years ended June 2001–June 2003
Environmental protection expenditure accounts present information on the amount of public sector spending on goods and services to protect the environment, for a specific period.

 Fish

Fish Monetary Stock Account: 1996–2009
Fish monetary stock accounts present the value of New Zealand's commercial fish resource for a specific period.

Fish Physical Flow Account: 1998–2001
Fish Physical Stock Account: 1996–2000 
Fish physical flow accounts present information on the physical stock of our fishery resources for a specific period.

Statistical Benefits of Individual Transferable Quotas for Valuing Natural Capital 2005 
Describes how the quota management system improves how we estimate our fish stocks from a statistical perspective.

 Forestry Physical Stock Account for Forestry Resources in New Zealand 1995–2000 (published 2002)
Information on the physical stock of forestry resources in New Zealand for the period 1995–2000.

Forestry Monetary Stock Account 1995–2000 (no published date)
A monetary stock account valuation of New Zealand’s forestry resources.

Forestry Flow Account 1996–2002 (no published date)
Summary of New Zealand’s domestic wood use and wood exports and imports for the period 1996–2002.

Physical Flow Account for Forestry Resources in New Zealand 1995–2000 (published 2002)
Information on the flow of forestry products in New Zealand from 2995–2000.

Monetary Flow Account for Forestry Resources in New Zealand 1996–1999 (published 2003)
Information on the monetary and physical flow of forestry products in New Zealand from 1996 to 1999.

 Marine

New Zealand's marine economy: 2007–13
Information about the economic activities generated from our marine environment.

 Minerals Interpretation of the mineral stock account
Information on the asset value and physical quantity of mineral stocks in New Zealand.
 Water

Water Physical Stock Account: 1995–2010
Water physical stock accounts present information on the inflows and outflows of water through the inland part of the hydrological cycle, changes in storage, and some estimates of water use for a specific period.

Water Monetary Stock Report: 2003
Partial information on the value of freshwater stocks.

 Updated 11 July 2017

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