UNEP has developed the Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework (GEPMF), to assist countries monitor progress in transitioning to an inclusive green economy. This tool is currently available to partner countries in the Partnership for Action on Green Economy.
The GEPMF can be applied at the national or regional levels. Regarding statistics and indicators, it uses the best available public data to measure progress on selected indicators covering environmental, economic and social dimensions. It will rely heavily on UNEP’s Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspot and Analysis Tool (SCP-HAT): an online application that provides visualization of the footprints of nations, based on data of 171 countries’ environmental and socio-economic performance over the last 25 years, covering 26 sectors. In this way, SCP-HAT offers empirical evidence of ‘hotspots’ where unsustainable consumption and production practices may be particularly prevalent.
The Feasibility Study on Strengthening the Environmental Footprints and Planetary Boundaries Concepts within the GEPMF study was framed around the incorporation of three environmental footprint indicators: greenhouse gasses, The Feasibility Study on Strengthening the Environmental Footprints and Planetary Boundaries Concepts within the GEPMF study was framed around the incorporation of three environmental footprint indicators: greenhouse gasses, biodiversity and water. SCP-HAT will provide the source for these three footprints.
This approach will create greater synergies between two UNEP tools, as well as all products derived from the same database, such as the Global Resources Outlook.
SCP-HAT has also been applied to guide revision of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and to refine its analysis of GHG emissions by sector and for a more disaggregated assessment of reduction opportunities. The tool has a fuller uptake as an increasing number of countries are already applying or are considering applying the SCP-HAT in various policy making contexts including NDCs. UNDP has been putting the tool forward in the context of its collaboration with UNEP.