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What is the 'Beyond GDP' initiative

The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress.

This website updates on recent developments and ongoing work.


Eurostat 2017

EU progress towards sustainable development in 2017

Eurostat has released the publication ‘Sustainable development in the European Union – 2017 monitoring report of the progress towards the SDGs in an EU context’. This report aims at monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU. Eurostat uses the EU SDG indicators set, which is composed of 100 indicators structured around the 17 SDGs. The report presents trends over the past 5 (short-term) and 15 years (long-term). The report explains a number of data limitations for the interpretation of the key messages. The results indicate good progress towards achieving SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (Life on land), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 3 (Good health and well-being). Moderate progress is observed for SDG 4, 17, 9, 5, 8, 1, 2, and 10; the four other goals (6, 13, 14, 16) could not be assessed due to a lack of data.

How is Life 2017

How’s Life? 2017 – Measuring wellbeing

The OECD has published How’s Life? 2017 as part of the Better Life initiative. This fourth edition of the report provides evidence on well-being in 35 OECD countries and 6 partner countries and monitors changes since 2005. Well-being is measured through 50 indicators across 11 dimensions: housing, income and wealth, jobs and earnings, social connections, education and skills, civic engagement and governance, health status, subjective well-being, personal security, and work-life balance. The report provides a country-by-country analysis and shows an overall progress in well-being since 2005, even though several aspects are still lagging behind. In particular inequalities exist and are highlighted across the different dimensions of well-being in all OECD countries. In addition, the report sheds light on the challenges and disadvantages faced by migrants across these dimensions. The report highlights the divide between people and public institutions, showing a decline in trust on the latter.


Climate Change Performance Index 2018

Germanwatch, a public policy NGO based in Bonn, have published the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). This is the 13th edition of the index, which compares the efforts of 56 countries, including the EU Member States, to combat climate change. The CCPI is composed of 4 categories: Energy use (weighting 20%), Renewable Energy (20%), GHG Emissions (40%) and assessments of national and international climate policy (20%). For the first time the report measures the performance of all greenhouse gasses assessed in the CCPI of the 56 countries and EU as a whole as well as their progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. The report produces a ranking based on a country’s aggregated performance regarding 14 indicators within the four categories. Top countries include Sweden, Lithuania, Morocco and Norway; medium-performers include Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Egypt; performers at the bottom are the US, Australia, Republic of Korea, Iran and Saudi-Arabia. Results reveal that although growth rates in CO2 emissions are decreasing, none of the countries are acting enough to prevent climate change.

National News

Going Beyond GDP