For the year 2019

DREM releases Environmental Statistics

Data gathered by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira for the year 2019 show that the distributed water through the public water system stood at 26.2 million cubic metres, a 0.9% increase from 2018. 56.3% of that total was for household consumption (55.9% in 2018).

In 2019, the global production of waste in Madeira reached 285.8 thousand tonnes, increasing by 61.9 thousand tonnes over the previous year (+27.7%). This increase is related to the deposition of inert material which grew from 62.5 thousand tonnes in 2018 to 121.7 thousand tonnes in 2019. Excluding this component - which over the years has shown an irregular trend - the annual change in overall waste production would be 1.7% (+2.7 thousand tonnes).

The waste deposited in the solid waste treatment plant of Meia Serra (133.5 thousand tonnes) increased by 2.1% compared to 2018. In 2019, in this plant, the composting unit was reactivated, where 2.5 thousand tonnes of organic waste were valorized.

The consolidated expenditure of the Regional Government of Madeira in environmental management and protection was 28.5 million euros, thus halting 4 years of consecutive falls. 69.2% of that amount was destined to “Soils, groundwater and surface” (29.4% in 2018).

In 2019, the 703 firemen of the 10 fire brigades located in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, carried out 44,140 services (up by 8.4% from 2018), 70.5% of which were related to health/prehospital situations. In the reference year, the expenditure of the fire brigades stood at 12.0 million euros,  up by 15.1% from 2018. 84.0% of that total refer to compensation of employees (82.2% in 2018).

Compared to 2018, there was less rainfall in both Funchal (244.5 mm in 2019 and 550.9 mm in 2018) and Porto Santo (339.8 mm in 2019 and 459.5 mm in 2018). In Funchal, the average maximum temperature was 23.6ºC (22.8ºC in 2018). The average minimum temperature increased from 17.2ºC in 2018 to 17.7ºC in 2019.

Information regarding the air quality index for Funchal shows that in 2019, 39.5% of the observations were rated good or very good, while 58.1% were classified as medium. Only 2.5% were negative.

In 2019, 16 beaches had a blue fag (17 in 2018). Regarding the quality classes of bathing waters, 98.1% were excellent or good and there were no bad quality beaches.

In the reference year, 54 forest fires were registered (down by 9 from 2018), which consumed an area of 87 hectares, (-51.5% compared to the prior year), 58 hectares of which of wooded area.

Estatisticas Ambiente EN

DREM releases Time Series on Environmental Statistics for the 1989-2019 period  

DREM also releases today on its website, the Time Series on Environmental Statistics, updated with the data for 2019.

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. 

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