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Measuring International Progress: A Briefing on Green Economy Indices in China

07/11/2013 - 13:00 - 14:30
Partner Event

Time table:

13:00 for André Schneider and Martin Halle presentations

13:30 for Huang Maoxing's presentation

14:00 for Liu Yimeng's presentation.

Under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Footprint Network (GFN), and through the Geneva Environment Network (GEN), a briefing session on the work and research on green indices in China will be held on Thursday 7 November 2013 at lunchtime (13:00 – 14:30).

This briefing is part of UNEP Green Economy Week and aims at informing the Green Economy Week participants as well as a larger audience in the Geneva area of the efforts by Chinese experts to measure progress towards a green economy. It should also inform the technical considerations in our attempt to develop an inclusive green economy index.

During the 7 November briefing on green economy indices in China, three work streams of relevance to green economy indicators will be introduced:

1) Overshoot, economic performance and Competitiveness 2.0 – 7 November at 13:00 

André Schneider, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Martin Halle, from the Global Footprint Network, will present, with a special focus on China:

  • How global overshoot – the fact that humanity is now consuming 1.5 times more natural resources and services than can be regenerated by the biosphere – affects the economic performance of countries.
  • A new framework – Competitiveness 2.0 – to monitor the economic, social, and environmental performance of countries in order to secure their competitiveness in a world economy marked by growing resource scarcities.

2) The Global Environmental Competitiveness Index – 7 November at 13:30

Professor Huang Maoxing, from Fujian Normal University, will present two reports related to his university’s well-regarded index: “Global Environment Competitiveness Index System and Its Application” and “Report on Global Environment Competitiveness” (2013). The Global Environment Competitiveness Index covers 133 countries and 37 indicators per country, making it one of the most comprehensive sustainable competitiveness indices in the world.

3) Research on Green Development Index – 7 November at 14:00 

Professor Liu Yimeng, from Beijing Normal University, will present :

  • the China Green Development Index, initially launched in 2010, which reflects how the economic growth influences resources as well as environment, the potential carrying capacity of natural resources and environment, and how well the governments get the resources, environment and economic growth balanced;
  • and the Human Green Development Index, which uses a set of concise and easy-to-communicate indicators in order to facilitate the comparison across countries of the status and efforts towards a green economy (123 countries in 2010).

Kindly note that the number of seats is limited and admission will be made on a first come, first served basis.


International Environment House I
Room 2