Not a single member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) is performing well enough across all its green indicators, according to the body’s latest report.

Denmark, Estonia, the UK, Italy, and the Slovak Republic have posted the best green growth since 2000, but none are performing well across all the measurements.

Simon Upton, Environment Director at the OECD, said: “While there are signs of greening growth, most countries show progress on just one or two fronts and little on the others.

“We need much greater efforts across the board if we are to safeguard natural assets, reduce our collective environmental footprint and sever the link between growth and environmental pressures.”

Mixed picture

Since 1990, all OECD and G20 countries have increased their overall “environmentally-adjusted productivity”, which measures their output in relation to pollution and the use of natural resources.

Gross domestic product (GDP) per unit of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted has improved among half of the 35 OECD members.

Yet when international trade is factored into the calculations, only 12 OECD countries have separated their economic growth from increases in CO2 emissions.

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