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Green Economy: Measuring sustainable welfare and using SEEA data

Dec 15, 2011 — Sep 30, 2014
Contact Person:
Roland Zieschank

This report contains the results of the study „Green Economy: Measuring sustainable welfare using SEEA data“. It contributes to measurement of progress towards Green Economy and its understanding for political decision making process in Germany. Based on a synopsis of rele-vant measurement concepts it identifies deficits of available concepts and develops suggestions for an adequate indicator system. A good foundation is provided by the Green Growth concept of the OECD, which has been tested by the Statistical Office for Germany in 2012, and, as a con-ceptual framework, our own research directed towards development of a sustainable welfare concept, developed for the BMUB in 2013. The definition of Green Economy follows the BMU approach of 2012. The concept to measure the Green Economy, extensively derived and docu-mented in this report, consists of six different dimensions: (A) use of natural resources and en-vironmental damages, (B) natural capital, (C) environmental quality of life, (D) Green Economy: economic dimension and fields of action, (E) policies: institutional framework and measures, and (F) background information on economic and social development. For each dimension the concept includes indicators that can be generated from available data and in part have charac-teristics of desirable indicators. The concept is tested for Germany using scenario analysis (PANTA RHEI model) with regard to the energy transition (‘Energiewende’). As the results show, many indicators move in the desired direction, despite some visible issues such as resource use. Overall, several applications of the concept on national and international level emerge, both with respect to transformation research and environmental policy. Potentials for their further development lie in an improved future data provision, as well as in an adequate presentation of the empirical results to stakeholders.

Please click here to download the final report (German).

An English short version is available at:

Lutz, C., Zieschank, R. & Drosdowski, T. (2015): Measuring transformation towards a green economy in Germany. GWS Discussion Paper 15/3, Osnabrück.

New publications:

Diefenbacher, Hans / Held, Benjamin / Rodenhäuser, Dorothee / Zieschank, Roland (2016): Aktualisierung und methodische Überarbeitung des Nationalen Wohlfahrtsindex 2.0 für Deutschland 1991 bis 2012. Umweltbundesamt April 2016, Berlin.

Lutz, Christian/ Zieschank, Roland/ Drosdowski, Thomas (2015): Green Economy: Nachhaltige Wohlfahrt messbar machen unter Nutzung der Umweltweltökonomischen Gesamtrechnungs (UGR)-Daten. Schlussbericht zum Vorhaben FKZ 3711 12 101, unter Mitarbeit von Hans Diefenbacher. Dessau-Roßlau.