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Romania’s fiscal revenues from environmental taxes, net



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Romania, although it has reduced its volume of greenhouse gas emissions by 65% ​​from 1990 to the present, has a higher percentage of tax revenues from environmental taxes than the European average.

At the same time, our country is much better than other EU countries in terms of the percentage of renewable energy in total consumption.

According to ziare.com, in 2020, one in ten Romanians could not keep their house warm during the winter.

One of the sources identified by the government, which could increase budget revenues in the context of the growing budget deficit, is the increase in environmental taxes.

But the level of tax revenues from environmental taxes is above the average of the community block.

Thus, the statistics on the European Commission’s Green Deal program, published by Eurostat, show that environmental tax revenues in Romania accounted for 7.3% of the total in 2020, while the European average was 5.6% .

This is given that a year ago, in 2019, tax revenues from environmental taxes accounted for 8.1% of the total in Romania and 5.9% in the EU.

In fact, from European statistics it can be seen that, while the average of the community bloc remained constant, around the level of 6%, in the period 2009-2019, in Romania the percentage of environmental taxes reached 9.3% of the total in 2016, and the lowest level in this period was 6.9% in 2011.

Strong reduction in the volume of greenhouse gas emissions

At the same time, the level of greenhouse gas emissions produced by Romania has been in a sharp decline since 1990 and until now, reaching the index of 34.8% in 2019.

In other words, against the background of strong deindustrialization, Romania emitted in 2019 only a third of the greenhouse gases it released into the atmosphere in 1990.

For comparison, the average index for the European Union was 74.1% in 2019, according to data published by Eurostat.

In addition, Romania is above the European average in terms of the percentage of renewable energy consumed out of total energy consumption: 24.5% in 2020, compared to 22.1% for statistics for the EU bloc.

It should also be noted that the situation in 2010 was as follows: 22.8% – Romania, well above the European average of 14.4%.

Problems with home heating

According to the same set of statistics, the percentage of the population that cannot keep their homes heated is much higher in Romania than in the EU average.

In 2020, 10% of Romanians could not keep their homes heated, compared to 7.4%, which is the average in the community bloc.

However, the situation has improved considerably in our country, if we take into account that the percentage of Romanians who could not keep their homes heated was double in 2010, respectively 20.1%.

This is in the conditions in which the energy consumption at household level is lower in Romania, compared to the European average: 10.4 GJ / capita in 2019, compared to 14.7 GJ per capita, the EU average.