Sustainable development indicators
Statistical activity code: 50201
The statistical activity includes data that allow to monitor how Estonia is moving towards both the global sustainable development and the goals set in the strategy “Sustainable Estonia 21”. The 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets provide guidance in the protection of people and the environment, as well as in the achievement of well-being.
Data for indicators are compiled on a cross-sectoral level.
Definitions of indicators are published in the publication “Indicators of Sustainable Development”: https://www.stat.ee/valjaanne-2018_indicators-of-sustainable-development
Estonia as a whole
Percent, kg of oil equivalents per 1,000 euros, grams of CO₂ per kilometre, tonnes of CO₂ equivalent per person, kg per inhabitant, euros per inhabitant, percent above/below EU average, percent of GDP, ratio, year, number per 100,000 inhabitants, per mille, number per female, m³/ha, thousand m³, tonnes, hectares, thousand euros per person employed, number per 1,000 inhabitants, litre per inhabitant, 1,000 m³
Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the statistical database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in the case of publications – the release month).
All users have been granted equal access to official statistics: dissemination dates of official statistics are announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) is provided access to official statistics before other users. Official statistics are first published in the statistical database. If there is also a news release, it is published simultaneously with data in the statistical database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8:00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calendar.
Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Multidomain statistics / Sustainable development” in the following table:
An overview of the sustainable development domain can be obtained from the sustainable development dashboard (https://juhtimislauad.stat.ee/dashboard/7), where all indicators are presented as data graphs. Sustainable development indicators are also presented in Statistics Estonia's application the Tree of Truth (https://tamm.stat.ee/?lang=en).
The selection of indicators is based on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the global sustainable development goals https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld).
A report has been prepared describing the relevance and quality of the sustainable development indicators for Estonia.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.
The Commission for Sustainable Development
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at http://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys. All results are available on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section User surveys.
The list of indicators has been established by the report on the results of the implementation of the Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development “Sustainable Estonia 21”.
The national and international comparability of sustainable development indicators varies by indicator. The evaluation of the comparability of data in Estonia can be found in the study report on the relevance and quality of sustainable development indicators.
The data are comparable over time.
When comparing statistics with data from other sources, differences in methodology, especially in the data collection method should be considered.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the section Principles of dissemination of official statistics of the website of Statistics Estonia.
The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available.
Data are received from the Estonian Environment Agency, Environmental Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Finance, National Institute for Health Development, Health Board, National Heritage Board of Estonia, Road Administration. Data from the databases of Eurostat, European Environment Agency, World Bank, World Health Organization, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Organization for Standardization are also used.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activities 10106 “Environmental goods and services sector accounts”, 10104 “Environmental taxes accounts”, 10401 “Waste management”, 10503 “Sales of pesticides”, 20206 “Energy consumption and production (annual)”, 10601 “Material flow accounts“, 21108 “Gender pay gap”, 21207 “Economic accounts for agriculture”, 21214 “Crop farming”, 21303 “Government finance”, 21401 “National accounts (annual)”, 21701 “Research and development”, 21702 “Innovation in enterprises”, 30101 “Population”, 30205 “Vital events. Deaths and causes of death”, 30206 “Vital events. Births”, 40304 “Hobby education”, 40310 “Formal education”, 40402 “Film”, 40407 “Museum”, 40409 “Amateur cultural activities”, 40410 “Public library”, 40414 “Theatre”, 40422 “Participation in culture”, 40416 “Employment and financial statistics of the cultural sector“, 40612 “Health”, 40701 “Labour Force Survey” and 40802 “Crime” are used.
Data are collected from the databases of Eurostat, European Environment Agency, World Health Organization, World Bank, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and International Organization for Standardization.
In addition, data are also received from the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board, Environmental Board, Ministry of Education and Research, National Institute for Health Development, National Heritage Board, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Ministry of Finance.
Administrative data are either obtained from the websites of the data sources or received by e-mail.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods or other surveys.
Mainly aggregated data from other statistical activities and administrative sources are used. Variables which were not collected but which are necessary for producing the output are also calculated.