In 2018, the Portuguese government collected €5.3 billion in taxes levied on goods and services that harm the environment.
Last year, the Portuguese state collected €5.3 billion in taxes levied on goods and services that harm the environment, 4.3% more than in 2018, the Statistics Institute said on Monday.
Taxes with environmental relevance are essentially those levied on oil and energy products, vehicle tax, road tax and corresponded in 2018 to 7.4% of total taxes levied, two tenths less than in the previous year.
According to the institute’s data, the tax on oil and energy lost weight among those with environmental relevance from 2017 to 2018, rising from 69.2% of the total to 67.3%.
Last year, vehicle road tax represented 12.3% of those with environmental relevance while vehicle tax was 14.9%.
In categories, taxes on energy constituted 72.1% of revenue, taxes on transport 27.2% and those on pollution and resources represented only 0.7%.
Other energy taxes – including greenhouse gas emission permits, which more than doubled between 2017 and 2018 – accounted for 4.8% of total revenue.
Most taxpayers – in 2017 data – were households (49.9%).
Concerning rates with environmental relevance, the available figures for 2017 indicate that €1.4 billion were paid, an increase of 4.7% compared to 2016.