Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

OECD Indicators

In series:OECD Green Growth Studiesview more titles

Published on May 25, 2011

Also available in: French

This book provides measurement tools, including indicators, to support countries’ efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which well-being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development. This report accompanies the synthesis report Towards Green Growth.  


Introduction by the Secretary-General
Executive Summary
Glossary of terms and definitions
List of acronyms and abbreviations
Annex. Proposed list of OECD indicators
Monitoring progress towards green growth4 chapters available
The OECD approach
The measurement framework
Towards an OECD set of “Green Growth” indicators
The measurement agenda
The indicators5 chapters available
The socio-economic context and characteristics of growth
Monitoring the environmental and resource productivity of the economy
Monitoring the natural asset base
Monitoring the environmental quality of life
Monitoring economic opportunities and policy responses
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The Towards Green Growth package was published on 25 May during a public session of the 2011 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. These reports respond to a request from Ministers of the 34 countries who signed a Green Growth Declaration in 2009, committing to strengthen their efforts to pursue green growth strategies as part of their responses to the crisis.

"Ministers welcomed the Green Growth Strategy and provided guidance on future work. They agreed that green growth tools and indicators can help expand economic growth and job creation through sustainable use of natural resources, efficiencies in the use of energy, and valuation of ecosystem services.  Ministers noted that innovation, supported by a strong intellectual property rights system, is a key to countries’ abilities to achieve economic growth, create green jobs, and protect the environment."

This strategy provides a practical framework for governments in developed and developing countries to seize opportunities that arise when the economy and the environment work together.

*Note: The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands provided financial support for the work presented in Chapter 3 of this report.


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