The pilot accounts concentrate on emissions to the air and atmosphere by homes and industry. The accounts will be published on an annual basis in future covering an increasingly wide range of environmental impacts. The accounts are produced by the Office for National Statistics.
Mr Waldegrave said:
'To deliver sustainable development, we need to understand the complex interaction of the economy and the environment. These accounts are a valuable first step towards that understanding. Better information will promote better debate about the choices we need to make to deliver the prosperous and environmentally secure future we all want.'
'These accounts complement the work on Indicators of Sustainable Development, which were published by my department earlier this year. They will help identify which are the most important interactions between the economy and the environment.
'By publishing at this early and formulative stage, we hope to encourage potential users of the information outside government to influence the way in which they are developed. As the accounts become more complete, they will help us analyse the wider consequences of our economic and environmental policies, which is necessary if we are to ensure that our development is truly sustainable.'