Global Green Economy Index: Full Data File Now Available

For the first time, the full results from the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) are available in the public domain. Historically, only the aggregate results have been publicly accessible. The full dataset has been paywalled and accessible to our subscribers only. But the way in which we release GGEI data to the public is changing. Read on for a quick explanation for how and why.

First, the how. The GGEI file publicly accessible today represents that dataset officially compiled in 2022. It contains the full results for each of the 18 indicators in the GGEI for 160 countries, across the four main dimensions of climate change & social equity, sector decarbonization, markets & ESG investment and the environment. Some (not all) of these data points have since been updated, as new datasets have been published. The GGEI is a dynamic model, updating in real-time as new data becomes available. Our subscribing clients will still receive this most timely version of the model, along with any customizations they may request.

Now, the why. First and foremost, there is huge demand among academic researchers globally for the full GGEI dataset. Academic inquiry around the green transition, sustainable development, ESG investing, and green energy systems has exploded over the past several years. We receive hundreds of inquiries annually from these students and researchers to access the full GGEI dataset. Making it publicly accessible as we are today makes it easier for these individuals and institutions to use these GGEI to promote learning and green progress within their institutions.

More broadly, the landscape for data has changed significantly. A decade ago when the GGEI was first published, datasets existed more in silos and users might subscribe to one specific dataset like the GGEI to answer a specific question. But today, data usage in the sustainability space has become much more of a system, whereby myriad data sources are synthesized into increasingly sophisticated models, often fueled by artificial intelligence. Making the GGEI more accessible will accelerate how this perspective on the global green economy can be integrated to these systems.

As you download this full GGEI file, a few important notes:

  • The GGEI indicators and methodology are thoroughly documented on the GGEI platform. Make sure to read about the indicators that define the GGEI and our novel methodology, which looks at each indicator in terms of progress and the distance from globally established sustainability targets.
  • The results in the GGEI data file are presented as percentiles. This is a scaling of each of the 160 countries covered in the index against the others. Other indices and measurement frameworks may use different approaches to normalizing and presenting results. Therefore, we urge caution around directly comparing GGEI results to those of other indices.
  • The GGEI is often a starting point for the creation of bespoke sustainability measurement frameworks. This may involve integrating GGEI data into larger data models or creating new ones, leveraging the GGEI model and its methodological approach. Contact GGEI creator Jeremy Tamanini for more information on how we can support your organization in these efforts.
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Access the full GGEI data file here.

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