France devises sustainable development barometer (15 February 2011)
EU 'NEEDS MORE THAN INDICATORS TO GO BEYOND GDP' [PDF, 150 KB] (15 February 2011)
Slovenia: National set of SD indicators published [PDF, 6.7 MB] (15 February 2011)
New ESDN Quarterly Report on "The 'Beyond GDP' Debate and Measuring Societal Progress in the Context of Sustainable Development" (15 February 2011)
Sustainable Society Index 2010 (SSI-2010)is now available at (15 February 2011)
Measuring Sustainability in Switzerland (15 February 2011)
INSTREAM and OPEN:EU Workshop - Sustainability Indicators for Policy Making
8-9 February 2011, Brussels -- Please register now (10 January 2011)
National public radio has started a series on alternative welfare indicators (8 December 2010)
UK announcing official indicators for national wellbeing / happiness (8 December 2010)
UNDP Launches 2010 Human Development Report (8 December 2010)
Statistics Netherlands is pleased to announce its new publication 'Environmental Accounts of the Netherlands 2009'. (8 December 2010)
EU proposes mandatory environmental accounting (9 April 2010)
European Commission releases proposed regulation on integrated environmental economic accounting.
Though mainstream economic measures such as GDP are useful and have great influence on both public and private decisions, they are flawed as a measure of human welfare. In addition, they give little information as to whether economic activity is helping Europe make progress toward its environmental goals and its commitment to sustainable development.
There is, then, a crucial need in Europe for indicators and measurement systems that provide a useful assessment of progress toward the simultaneous aims of economic success, human well-being, environmental protection and long-term sustainability. The goal of IN-STREAM is to bridge the gap between these types of indicators and to disseminate the results to policy-makers, economists, journalists and the public at large.
Key project objectives include:
A Science and Policy Advisory Board will be established to provide expert feedback and guidance on the entire three-year IN-STREAM project. Three stakeholder workshops will be held: one with an EU focus and two in different Member States. Five workshops will be held throughout the 3-year project focusing on the development of methods for both the qualitative and quantitative assessments and the dissemination of results. An open conference at the end of the project will focus specifically on the dissemination of project results. In addition to its roles as both a forum for the distribution of results and collection point for feedback, this website will also contain - as completed - a yearly project newsletter, a project brochure, and a summary report.
IN-STREAM is funded by the European Commission (DG Research) and is being led by eight institutes: Ecologic Institute (Germany; Project Co-ordinator), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy; Quantitative Scientific Co-ordinator), University of Bath, Department of Economics and International Development (United Kingdom), Charles University Environment Center (Czech Republic), Institute for European Environmental Policy (United Kingdom), UniversitĂ¤t Stuttgart: Institut fĂĽr Energiewirtschaft und Rationell Energieanwendung (Germany), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), and Zentrum fĂĽr EuropĂ¤ische Wirtschaftsforschung (Germany).
The work of the IN-STREAM team has benefited from the advice of a group of dedicated experts from academia and policy practice. The Advisory Board has met three times over the course of the project and additionally to that, members of the advisory board have contributed to many of the stakeholder events. The planning and the strategic thinking within IN-STREAM has benefited from the experienced advice and we want to thank all members of the Advisory Board for their dedication to the project.