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Environment_Statistics_Yr2015

 

Highlights
 
 Greenhouse gas (GHG)
 
1. Net Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission increased by 0.1% from 3,676 thousand tonnes in 2014 to 3,681 thousand tonnes in 2015,  mainly due to a rise from the transport and manufacturing industries, partly offset by a decrease from electricity producing industries.
 
2. In 2015, electricity producing industries remained the main source of CO2 emissions. They contributed around 61% of the emissions followed by transport industries (26%), manufacturing industries (8%) and other sectors (5%).
 
Solid waste
 
3. In 2015, solid waste landfilled at Mare Chicose weighed 448,476 tonnes, 7.4% more than in 2014 (417,478 tonnes).
 
Land use
 
4. The harvested area under sugar cane cultivation increased by 3.3% from 50,694 hectares in 2014 to 52,387 hectares in 2015, while area under tea cultivation decreased by 14.6% from 672 to 574 hectares.
 
Water
 
5. In 2015, the Island of Mauritius received 4,433 million cubic metres (Mm3) of water from rainfall, 13.5% higher when compared to 3,905 Mm3 in 2014.
 
 
6. Total water utilisation was estimated at 973 Mm3 in 2015. The agricultural sector accounted for 35% (343 Mm3), hydropower 37% (361 Mm3) while the remaining 28% (269 Mm3) was used by the domestic, industrial and tourism sectors.
 
Complaints
 
7. The number of complaints received by the Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management decreased from 664 in 2014 to 628 in 2015. The complaints were mainly due to: air pollution (18%), noise (18%), waste water (12%), odour (12%) and solid waste (6%).
 
 
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July 2016