For the year 2018

DREM releases Environmental Statistics

Data gathered by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira for the year 2018 show that the distributed water through the public water system stood at 26.0 million cubic metres, a 2.2% decrease from 2017. 55.9% of that total was for household consumption (55.9% in 2017).

In 2018 global production of waste in Madeira reached 222.9 thousand tonnes, increasing by 36.7 thousand tonnes over the previous year (+19.7%). This increase is related to the deposition of inert material which grew from 25.2 thousand tonnes in 2017 to 62.5 thousand tonnes in 2018. Ignoring the inert material – whose figures have been extremely irregular – the rate of change between 2017 and 2018 of overall waste production would be of -0.3%.

The waste deposited in the solid waste treatment plant of Meia Serra (130.8 thousand tonnes) decreased by 1.5% compared to 2017, while the waste destined for recycling/valorisation outside the Region stood at 28.1 thousand tonnes (up by 8.5%).

The consolidated expenditure of the Regional Government of Madeira in environmental management and protection was 13.9 million euros, 48.8% of which destined to “Protection of biodiversity and landscape” (30.5% in 2017).

In 2018, the 717 firemen of the 10 fire brigades located in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, carried out 40,711 services (down by 6.0% from 2017), 64.2% of which were related to health/prehospital situations. In the reference year, the expenditure of the fire brigades stood at 10.5 million euros, up by 4.1% from 2017. 82.2% of that total refer to compensation of employees (77.5% in 2017).

Compared to 2017, there was more rainfall in both Funchal (550.9 mm in 2018 and 377.0 mm in 2017) and Porto Santo (459.5 mm in 2018 and 366.9 mm in 2017). In Funchal, the average maximum temperature was 22.8ºC (23.4ºC in 2017). The average minimum temperature decreased from 17.8ºC in 2017 to 17.2ºC in 2018.

Information regarding the air quality index for Funchal shows that in 2017, 95.5% of the observations were rated good or very good while only 2.0% were negative.

In 2018, 17 blue flag beaches were counted and regarding the quality of bathing waters, of the 54 examined beaches, 48 were considered excellent/good.

In the reference year, 63 forest fires were registered, which consumed an area of 179 hectares, 89 ha of which of wooded area. Compared to 2017 the number of forest fires went down by 31, while the burnt  area declined by 88.6%.

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DREM releases Time Series on Environmental Statistics for the 1989-2018 period  

DREM also releases today on its website, the Time Series on Environmental Statistics, updated with the data for 2018.

The series contains data about water supply, water treatment and drainage, solid waste, expenditures of the regional and local scope entities in environmental management and protection by economic aggregate and domain, data on air quality, quality of water for human consumption, weather, forestry fires, firemen, namely blue flag beaches, quality of bathing waters, information on the nature and environment protection service and defense actions against forest fires.