List of global sustainability statistics

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Global sustainability statistics are benchmarks for measuring the status of sustainability parameters. The following agencies provide baseline data for sustainability governance. They are just one form of data used for sustainability accounting and are valuable for assessing trends and measuring progress.

This list provides sources of statistics at the global level of governance only.

  • General lists
    • Meadows, D.H., Randers, J. & Meadows, D.L. 2004. Limits to growth: the 30-year update. Chelsea Green Publishing Company, White River Junction, USA.
    • The CIAs World Fact Book [1]
    • World Data Center [2]
    • United Nations Environmental Indicators[3] Also publications on environmental statistics and statistical methods.
      • Water (water resources, water supply industry, waste water)
      • Air pollution (SO2 & NOx),
      • Climate change (greenhouse gas emissions; by sector(absolute & percentage); CO2 emissions; CH4 & N2O emissions)
      • Waste (municipal waste collection, treatment, hazardous waste)
      • Land use (total land area by country, forest area by country, agricultural area by country).
    • European Commission (Eurostat) [4]
  • Biodiversity
    • Groombridge, B & Jenkins, M.D. 2002. World Atlas of Biodiversity. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.[5]
  • Energy
    • BP Statistical Review of World Energy [6]
    • The International Energy Agency. Key World Energy Statistics[7]
    • UN Energy Statistics Database[8]
  • Fisheries
    • UN Food and Agriculture Organization. [9]
  • Forests
    • UN Food and Agriculture Organization.[10]
  • Fertilizer
    • International Fertilizer Industry Association[11]
  • Food and agriculture
    • UN Food and Agriculture Organization. FAOSTAT[12]
  • Population
    • United Nations Population Division[13]
    • United Nations Database[14]
    • Population Reference Bureau[15]
    • American Association for Advancement of Science[16]
  • Water
    • International Water Management Institute [17]
    • Stockholm International Water Institute[18]
    • United Nations Environmental Program[19]
    • Global Runoff Data Centre[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The CIAs World Fact Book. Basic country information.
  2. ^ World Data Centre Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. Columbia University’s CIESIN hosted by NASA’s Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), provides global environmental and socioeconomic data. CIESIN’s WDC is one of 51 data centers of the World Data Center system of the International Council for Science (ICSU).The CIESIN WDC, established in 1995, was the first WDC to focus on data at the intersection of the natural and social sciences
  3. ^ United Nations Environmental Indicators
  4. ^ Statistics division of the European Commission - figures on trade, transport, energy etc. Archived 2006-12-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  6. ^ Statistical Review of World Energy with interactive charting tool and data from 1965
  7. ^ The International Energy Agency. Key World Energy Statistics
  8. ^ UN Energy Statistics Database
  9. ^ State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture
  10. ^ State of the World's Forests and Forest Resource Assessment
  11. ^ International Fertilizer Industry Association
  12. ^ FAO. FAOSTAT provides data relating to food and agriculture, trade, consumption and resources. FAOSTAT contains data for 200 countries and more than 200 primary products and inputs. The national version of FAOSTAT, CountryStat, is being implemented in about 20 countries and three regions. It offers a two-way bridge amongst sub national, national, regional and international statistics on food and agriculture
  13. ^ United Nations Population Division Archived 2010-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ United Nations Database
  15. ^ Population Reference Bureau
  16. ^ "AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  17. ^ International Water Management Institute
  18. ^ Stockholm International Water Institute
  19. ^ United Nations Environmental Program
  20. ^ Global Runoff Data Centre Archived 2007-06-18 at