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Arbeitskreis Umweltökonomische Gesamtrechnungen der Länder (AK UGRdL)
Working Group on Environmental-Economic Accounting of the Länder (WG EEAL)
The working group EEAL is committed to describe, analyse and disseminate the mutual interactions between economy, environment, politics and private households in the German Länder. The impact of economic activities (consume and production) on the environment is portrayed through different accounts covering the following topics: raw materials, energy, water and wastewater, soil, residuals, recycling and gas emissions. The consequences of political decisions, policies and regulations for the environment protection are also expressed in form of accounts.
The first System of Environmental-Economic Accounting in Germany was the German Environmental-Economic Accounting (GEEA) or Umweltökonomische Gesamtrechnungen des Statistischen Bundesamtes (UGR). This system has been introduced by the Federal Office of Statistics and covers the country as a whole (more information).
Both the need for more regional information (at Länder level as well as within the Länder) and the federalist structure of Germany, because of which most political decision are taken directly from the Governments of the Länder, have brought in 1998 to the constitution of the working group Environmental-Economic Accounting of the Länder. Basing on the methodology used by the GEEA, but focussing on its own specific needs, the group has developed its proper methodology and its own system of accounting.
A major task of the working group is to ensure the coordination, integration and harmonisation of the Environmental-Economic Accounting among the German Länder, granting also the comparability within the Länder and with Germany as a whole. The Environmental-Economic Accounting has been conceived as a satellite system of the System of National Accounts (SNA) or Volkswirtschaftliche Gesamtrechnungen (VGR). The scope was to enhance the SNA by introducing a new factor, the "Environment". This new factor, as a sort of natural capital is measured in physical and monetary units, making the Environmental-Economic Accounting a good framework for assessing the state of "Sustainable Development". Sustainable development is defined as 'to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs' (Brundlandt Commission 1987) and is monitored by different indicators, the so-called Sustainable Development Indicators. Another important task of the working group is therefore to contribute to the development of such indicators as well as compute and disseminate them (more information on sustainable development may be found at http://www.nachhaltigkeitsrat.de and http://www.blag-klina.de).
Members of the WG EEAL are the Statistical Offices of the German Länder. Each Statistical Office is assigned a specific topic, and is responsible for the related methodology and the computation of the accounts. The Federal Statistical Office is represented in the working group as adviser. The Statistical Office of Nordrhein-Westfalen acts as group chairman.
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