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MIRA Indicator Report 2011

Issue 29-05-2012The Environmental Reporting unit (MIRA) of the Flemish Environment Agency each year publishes a new edition of the MIRA Indicator Report.

The mission of MIRA is to provide up-to-date and reliable environmental information to policy makers, environmental experts and interested citizens. In this way, we hope to make a useful contribution to the environmental debate in Flanders. Indicators illustrate the progress in a given environmental issue and show where additional efforts are required.

The following is a small selection of the 104 indicators included in the report:

smiling smiley Water use in Flanders has declined by 10 % in the last decade.

smiling smiley The 2010 targets for the annual average concentration of airborne particles (PM10 en PM2.5) were achieved in time in Flanders.

smiling smiley More than two-thirds of household waste goes to materials recovery.

neutral smiley Measurements suggest a great deal of positive developments for pesticides in surface water, but new problem substances are being identified.

neutral smiley The 9 % rise in 2010 breaks the falling trend for greenhouse gas emissions in Flanders.

neutral smiley Despite the decrease in SO2 emissions, Flanders just fell short of the 2010 target for acidifying emissions. The NOx emissions in particular continue to be problematic.

weeping smiley Precipitation in Belgium increases, with wetter winters with more days of precipitation and fewer but more intense showers in summer. It has been scientifically proven that human activities contribute to climate change.

weeping smiley Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) emissions show a growing trend due to the increasing use of diesel, wood-fired building heating, and burning of waste in open fires.

weeping smiley Transport damage costs are in general not compensated for by transport taxes. A diesel passenger vehicle pays roughly 69 % of its external costs.

New this year is the web tool Dynamic Core Set Environmental Data which allows the user to retrieve the latest data on environmental pressure (resource use and emissions) à la carte. The figures are available for Flanders but can also be broken down by sector (e.g. households, transport), subsector and activity level. The results can be downloaded in different formats (excel, jpg, png). With this interactive tool, we aim to further improve the transparency and usability of environmental data.

The Indicator Report 2011 offers a selection of 104 environmental indicators, ordered according to the DPSIR chain. More (updated) indicators and background information can be found on MIRA’s Dutch website.

researchers: MIRA, the Environment Reporting Unit

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