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Survey of Environmental Goods and Services, 2012

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Released: 2015-03-13

Revenues derived by Canadian businesses from sales of environmentally-related goods and services totalled almost $4.1 billion in 2012, up from $3.9 billion in 2010.

Of this total, just under $1.8 billion in revenues were derived from sales of environmental goods manufactured in Canada, while sales of environmental services accounted for $2.3 billion.

Sales of environmental services increased by 33% between 2010 and 2012. Revenues from environmental consulting services made up two-thirds of the sales total, accounting for $1.5 billion. Site remediation and emergency environmental services generated the remaining $757 million in revenue.

In 2012, revenue from the sales of environmental goods fell by 19% from 2010. Most revenue from environmentally-related goods was from the sales of machinery and equipment in renewable energy technologies, which accounted for about $600 million. Management of industrial wastewater and municipal sewage treatment generated $500 million. Together, they accounted for about 63% of total sales of environmental goods. Sales of goods related to the management of non-hazardous waste amounted to $309 million in 2012.

Businesses exported $748 million worth of environmental goods and services in 2012, with the majority (78%) going to the United States. The remainder was distributed among other international markets.

  Note to readers

Many of the category-specific revenue estimates for environmental goods are associated with large confidence intervals, particularly in the 2008 and 2010 cycles of this survey. These large intervals should be taken into account when comparing the results from previous cycles.

Changes to the survey methodology were made for the estimates of environmental goods. For this reason, comparison of the 2012 estimates with the 2008 and 2010 estimates should be made with caution. This is particularly the case with category-specific estimates.

Environmental consulting services include revenues for the following services: environmental assessments; environmental audits; site remediation planning services; natural resource management consulting services; waste management consulting services; environmental policy development consulting services; and other environmental consulting services. For more information on this industry definition, please consult the Annual Survey of Service Industries: Consulting Services.

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