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UK natural capital: mountains, moorland and heath accounts

23rd July 2019

1. Main points

In 2017, electricity generation in the UK from onshore windfarms in mountains, moorlands and heath was over 24 times larger than in 2003.

The removal of carbon dioxide equivalent by mountains, moorlands and heath during 2017 was estimated to be valued at £130 million.

In 2017, the removal of pollutants from the atmosphere (particularly fine particulate matter (PM2.5)) by mountains, moorlands and heath led to an overall saving of £10.9 million in associated health costs.

Mountains, moorlands and heath in the UK provided a cultural service of £199.3 million in 2017.

The present value of the cost of maintaining and restoring UK mountains, moorlands and heath is estimated at approximately £6.8 billion.

The overall asset valuation of mountains, moorlands and heath was estimated at £20,141 million in 2017.

Read the full report at -

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/bulletins/uknaturalcapital/mountainsmoorlandandheathaccounts

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