International comparative indicators were last updated in 2009. Owing to resource constraints, these have not been collated since. However, more up to date data may be available directly from the originating international organisations.
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To put UK progress in sustainable development in an international context, and to highlight worldwide trends and challenges, a set of international data has been compiled to complement the national indicators.
Available data are limited, but international versions have been compiled for 32 of the 68 national indicators. Since some indicators comprise more than one component measure there are 46 measures in total, listed below.
|Greenhouse gas emissions|
|Greenhouse gas emissions:||Greenhouse gas emissions per capita|
|Carbon dioxide emissions:||CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels|
|Renewable energy:||Percentage contribution of renewables to total energy supply|
|Domestic material consumption:||Domestic Material Consumption|
|Energy consumption:||Energy used per capita|
|Water abstractions:||Volume of water abstracted per capita|
|Waste:||Municipal waste generated per capita and percentage recyled and composted|
|Bird Populations:||Farmland birds population index|
|Agricultural inputs:||Fertiliser used per hectare of arable land|
|Protected areas:||Percentage of surface area protected|
|Fish landings:||Fishery products landed per capita|
|Emissions of air pollutants:||NOx , PM10, SO2 and VOC emissions per capita|
|Economy and population|
|Economic output:||Gross Domestic Product per capita|
|Total Investment:||Total investment as a percentage of GDP|
|Social expenditure:||Public social expenditure as a percentage of GDP|
|Demography: (contextual)||Population and population of working age (contextual indicator)|
|Households size:||Average number of persons per household|
|Crime:||Numbers of car thefts, burglaries and assaults per 100 inhabitants|
|Employment and poverty|
|Childhood poverty:||Percentage of children below the poverty threshold|
|Young adults:||Percentage of 15-19 year olds not in employment, education or training|
|Pensioner poverty:||Percentage of pensioners persons aged 65 and over at risk of poverty|
|Education:||Percentage of 25-64 year olds with tertiary level qualifications|
|Health and mortality|
|Health:||(a) Infant deaths per live 1000 births; and, (b) Avergae life expectancy at birth|
|Mortality:||Death rates from (a) cardio-vascular disease; and, (b) cancer; and, (c) suicides|
|Smoking:||Regular daily smokers aged 15 and over|
|Obesity:||Percentage of persons aged 15 and over overweight or obese|
|Road fatalities:||Number of people and children killed per million population|
|Social justice/Environmental equality|
|Air quality and health:||Urban ozone and particulate concentration|
|Slums:||Percentage of population living in slums|
The international measures do not always correspond exactly with the national measures owing to limitations in data availability and differences in methodology of data collection. In many cases definitions differ and caution is therefore required when making international comparisons.
The international / national indicator correspondance table (Excel download, right) shows the national set of indicators and equivalent international indicators.
Page last modified: 29 July, 2011