Domain Overview: The natural environment has a role to play to ensure sustainable supply of natural goods like food, water, minerals, raw materials, and to maintain critical ecosystem services that provide benefits for human welfare.
The 4 measures in the Natural Environment domain are:
- Total green house gas emissions (millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent)
- Protected areas in the UK (million hectares)
- Energy consumed within the UK from renewable sources – No NI Data Available (electricity generation from renewable generation for NI and UK presented below)
- Waste from households that is recycled
- In 2016, Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 20.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, (UK overall: 467.9 million tonnes). In Northern Ireland, the longer term trend shows a decrease of 15.9% compared to the base year (the base year is 1990 for carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, and 1995 for the fluorinated gases).
- In terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita, this equates to 11.0 tonnes per capita in Northern Ireland compared with 7.1 tonnes per capita in the UK overall.
- In 2018, Northern Ireland’s protected areas were estimated to be 0.63 million hectares (UK overall: 27.4 million hectares in 2017), including both on land and at sea. In Northern Ireland the protected areas on land represent 28.4% of the country, whilst 33.7% of Northern Ireland water is designated as protected.
- Almost 9 percent of energy consumed within the UK in 2014 was from renewable sources (8.9%). No comparable figure is available for Northern Ireland. However, looking at the percentage of total electricity generation accounted for by renewable generation, in 2016, this was 25.3% in Northern Ireland, compared with 24.5% in the UK as a whole.
- In 2016, just over two-fifths of waste from NI households was recycled (43.0%), this is slightly lower than the position in the UK overall (44.6%).
- A range of NI environmental statistics is available on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.
Do you want to know more? – Office for National Statistics Wellbeing.
10 National Wellbeing Domains