Croissance verte et développement durable

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy



A LEED project for 2011-2012


The project is conducted in collaboration with the OECD Taskforce on Green Indicators and
the OECD Directorate for Environment (ENV)


The LEED Programme is investigating skills for greener jobs in a local labour market context with a project in 2013-14, expanding on the indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy project


Objective / Issues / Methods / Participation / Outputs / Contact


Denmark / Chile / Benelux / Germany




This study is proposed within the framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy. Achieving greener growth will involve seizing opportunities to develop new green industries, jobs and technologies, as well as managing the transition for greening the more traditional sectors and the associated employment and distributional effects. It will require adopting new technologies, developing new products and supporting new patterns of demand from households, companies as well as governments.

The project aims to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities addressing the two aspects of the green growth economy: fostering job creation and economic development in new areas of growth and sustainable development.

Issues to be addressed

The international study would look at what are the indicators needed to measure progress on how industries, firms, and regional and local ecosystems adjust to low-carbon activities.

Questions to be addressed are:


Which measures can be used to evaluate how local labour markets are making the transition to greener activities?


Which measures can be used to evaluate how local labour markets are making the transition to greener activities?

  How skills, education and training systems adapt to the development of new areas of growth?
  Which indicators can inform of greening human capital activities and its management?


The project will conduct analysis of selected areas through workshops where international and local experts will exchange methodologies and knowledge on measuring transition to low carbon activities and how local institutions can optimise the opportunities arising for economic development.

Workshops will include field work and technical visits with particular attention to the indicators proposed by the area hosting the workshop.



Interested countries/regions could:


Participate in network meetings and study visits.


Host one of the international workshops, undertaking a comprehensive analysis of area-based indicators.


Be a core-member of the project participating in all activities, publications and events.

The area-based study can include analysis of clean technology clusters, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects, or analysis of green skills and training ecosystems (e.g. firms, business and training organisations, institutions) among others.

The project is based on Voluntary Contributions of each participant country and the support of the European Commission, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

Our Partners

  Copenhagen Capacity

Ministry of Environment of Chile


Growth Core Schönefeld Cross  

International workshops - meeting


Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile), 29-30 November 2012


Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany), 10-11 September 2012


Enabling green and inclusive markets - a case for public private collaboration, Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 18 June 2012


Workshops: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Gent, Belgium), 11 June 2012 /  (Belval, Luxemburg), 12 June 2012


OECD LEED-Cedefop Green Skills Forum (Paris, France), 27 February 2012


Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth (Copenhagen, Denmark), 12-14 October 2011


Meeting: Fostering green growth through cleantech business and investment promotion strategies (Shanghai, People's Republic of China), 26 September 2011



Dashboard of indicators of transition to low-carbon economy: the study will identify key indicators for local transition to a low-carbon economy and built a dynamic tool - a ‘dashboard of indicators of transition to low-carbon economy’ - that local authorities and agencies can use to monitor their transition overtime and identify areas of attention for policy and strategic development purposes.

ReportMonitoring Green Transition (doc)

International conference: the study will also host an international conference to present the results of the project and the synthesis publication.





Denmark: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen - Final report


Language: English

Publication Date: 16 Jan 2013

DOI: 10.1787/5k4dhp0xzg26-en

See also the Highlights


Chile's Pathway to Green Growth: Measuring progress at local level

Pages: 88

Language: English

Publication Date: 6 Jan 2014



‌‌Benelux: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions - Final report


Language: English

Publication Date: 23 May 2013

DOI: 10.1787/20794797

See also the Highlights

Report presentation on 29 May 2013 (Brussels, Belgium)



Green Growth in Brandenburg: An analysis of the Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz

Pages: 124

Language: English

Publication Date: 25 September 2013

Report presentation on 30 September 2013 (Berlin, Germany).

See also the Highlights



For further information about the project please contact Nathalie Cliquot at the OECD Secretariat.