Environmental indicators, modelling and outlooks


  • Air pollution to cause 6-9 million premature deaths and cost 1% GDP by 2060

    This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the economic consequences of outdoor air pollution in the coming decades, focusing on the impacts on mortality, morbidity, and changes in crop yields as caused by high concentrations of pollutants. Unless more stringent policies are adopted, findings point to a significant increase in global emissions and concentrations of air pollutants, with severe impacts on human health and the environment.

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  • Global Forum on Environment and Economic Growth

    This Forum to be held on 24-25 October 2016 aims to shed light on the links between environment and economic growth, and the toolkits to quantify these links. It will provide a platform to explore how a well-managed natural environment can contribute to economic growth and how an effective and efficient regulatory system can best be designed.

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  • Costs of Inaction and Resource Scarcity

    The CIRCLE project aims at identifying how feedbacks from poor environmental quality, climatic change and natural resource scarcity are likely to affect economic growth in the coming decades. A broad global assessment that encompass the economic growth implications of several environmental challenges.

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The OECD's environmental indicators, constantly developed and refined since the 1990s, and its modelling and prospective work, serve as a basis for sound and informed green growth policies.



Where to find the most relevant data for your research among OECD sets of environmental indicators?




Green growth indicators 

The OECD designed these indicators to help countries assess and compare their progress towards green growth: resource productivity, natural asset base, environmental quality of life and economic opportunities and policy responses.


current projects


Greening productivity measurement

What if productivity measurement could reflect more
accurately a country’s economic performance?


The Circle project

The Circle project aims to identify how feedbacks from poor environmental quality, climate change and natural resource scarcity are likely to affect economic growth in the coming decades.



The OECD's modelling work aims to assist governments in identifying least-cost policy mixes on a range of environmental issues, including mitigation of climate change, phasing out fossil-fuel subsidies, etc.  


Environmental Outlooks help policy makers understand the scale and context of the environmental challenges they will face in the coming decades, as well as the economic and environmental implications of the policies that could be used to address these challenges.


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