Tag Archive: Ranking

Sustainable Development Indicator

How can human development be measured? GDP is limited to measuring economic activity and thus fails to take into account other essential indicators of human well being. Accounting for life expectancy and schooling besides economic performance, the Human Development Index (HDI) is already more comprehensive but still lacks one essential component: sustainability. What is the highest income, perfect education and health good for, if the worlds natural resources are depleted and the planet’s ability to sustain life is ruined? Climate change and excessive carbon emissions probably being the single most dangerous long term threats to decent human life conditions, …

Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Europe Emits 15% More if Consumption is Considered

Chinas is now the worldwide biggest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). However, if we take into account the end-consumers of Chinese goods, the ranking looks notably different. After all, Chinese industries export a very substantial part of their production to western states. As pointed out recently by the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) in its Global 800 2011 Carbon Rankings, it’s the west that basically outsources GHG intensive manufacturing into emerging countries, taking advantage of low production costs and environmental standards and thereby lowering domestic CO2-emissions. In a recent ranking by IFO calculated the real carbon footprint of countries. China’s …

EIO – Carbon Ranking Methodology Explained

The EIO’s new environmental tracking carbon index methodology deserves a short explanation because it highlights the complex ecologic, economic and political context of carbon ranking. First, one has to consider the multiple goals of the ranking: It aims both at measuring reliably and comprehensively corporate greenhouse gases emission (GHG) intensity as well as at incentivising companies to become more transparent about their emissions and to verify GHG data. These requirements translate into a rather complex methodology, which I will try to explain in three steps. Please note that corresponding to the EIO’s transparency goal, only publicly available data was …