Environmental indicators, modelling and outlooks

OECD Environmental Data and Indicators


As international concern about global environment and sustainable development becomes more pressing, government, business and the public all need reliable and harmonised data on the environment. 

Are you looking for data... On a specific theme?  |  On a specific country?  |  Publications on environmental data

data by theme

There are three different ways to access the OECD environmental data by theme, depending on your needs. 



The OECD data portal makes it easier to find, understand, compare and share OECD data. It features more than 200 frequently-requested indicators, including environmental data on: 





The OECD's online library is a gateway to OECD analysis and data.


Policies and measures

Natural resources


For advanced searches, data queries, and access to complete notes and metadata, users can access directly 
OECD.Stat, the OECD statistical database




"Green and growth go very well together".

The OECD Green Growth Indicators chart the progress that countries make in four areas: environmental and resource productivity, natural asset base, environmental quality of life, economic opportunities and policy responses. 

A new set of patent data was published in March 2015. It refines the patent indicators used until that date. How many patents are actually registered? By whomm? How much do researchers collaborate across countries? How well are technologies disseminated and legally protected in foreign markets? 


Database on instruments used for environmental policy

Information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and partners.

data by country






Country profiles on each OECD member countries, with 22 graphs on climate change, biodiversity, forest resources, air quality, water quality, energy resources, waste generation, water resource, environmentally related taxes.







Compare OECD member countries for CO2 emissions, municipal waste, water abstraction, taxation, and now climate change mitigation policies and share or embed the results. 



publications on environmental data



Environment at a glance: OECD indicators provides a snap-shot of environmental policy based on data and indicators.

It is the most downloaded publication in the OECD Environment directorate. 

An update is to be published in September 2015. 





Green Growth Indicators 2014 chart the progress that countries have made in four areas. It presents the Green growth indicators data available online with country comparisons and trends across times, as well as detailed notes and definitions. 

An update will be published in 2016. 










The OECD Factbook (2014)  contains a section on environmental data. 








 Environmental performance reviews are in-depth assessments of the environmental policies and programmes of OECD and key partner countries.

 Each environmental review gives direct access to all the graphs and data contained in the reports.