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Environmental Statistics - Annual data for 2022

Published at: 15.02.2024 - 11:00

The National Statistical Institute presents the results of annual surveys in the field of environmental statistics for 2022.

In 2022, emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and ammonia decrease compared to 2021. The biggest reduction is in the emissions of sulphur oxides - 11%, compared to 2021.

In 2022, 99.5% from country population is connected with public water supply. Water delivered to the households is 251.19 mill. m3 which is with 1.8% less than 2021. In 2022, 2.8% from country population is with water supply regime (due to drought).

According to preliminary data, a total of 85 673 thousand tons of waste from economic activity were generated in 2022, which decreased by 23% compared to 2021. Non-hazardous waste is 71 905 thousand tons with a 27% decrease, and hazardous waste is 13 768 thousand tons, which has increased by 1% compared to the previous year.

Generated municipal waste in 2022 is 3 157 thousand tons. Compared to 2021, there is an increase by 3.2%. Generated waste per capita for 2022 are 475 kg, with 30 kg more than the amount per capita for 2021.

In 2022, 523 thousand tons of packages placed on the market, and their increase, compared to 2021, was 1.97%. Plastic packaging is 148 thousand tons and a decrease of 1.92%, compared to 2021, was recorded.

The availability of the tangible fixed assets with ecological use by accounting value at the end of the 2022 is at 11 092 million BGN. Compared to 2021, there is an increase of 2.0% (10 873 million BGN).

The value of the revenues of the municipal administrations in 2022 is BGN 1 443 million. Compared to 2021, they are increasing by 6.9%. Part of these revenues are the taxes and fees for municipal waste, the value of which in 2022 is BGN 752 million and their level compared to 2021 increases by 7.6%.

749 points of noise level measurement have been surveyed in 2022, located in 36 settlements, and levels above the permissible norms were measured in 514 points. The cities with the highest exceeding noise limits in 2022 are Sofia (stolitsa), Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Kyustendil, Stara Zagora and others.

In 2022, the area of protected natural scenery in Bulgaria amounts to 584 836 ha or 5.3% of the country’s territory and compared to 2021 an increase by 1 210 ha is registered. At the end of 2022, in Bulgaria 1 039 protected natural areas exist. The biggest relative share are natural parks - 43.8% (11), followed by national parks - 25.8% (3), reserves - 13.2% (55), etc.

In 2022, the area of deposits for underground reserves increased by 29% and is totally 1 056 thousand decares. The proven reserves of brown coal decreased by 3.94% - 9 249.6 thousand tons compared to 2021. Probable reserves of lead-zinc ores have registered an increase of 7.95% compared to the previous year.

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