Environmental-economic accounting brings together economic and environmental information in
a common framework to measure the contribution of the environment to the economy and the
impact of the economy on the environment. By using common concepts, definitions and
classifications, the SEEA provides a transparent information system for strategic planning and
policy analysis which can be used to identify more sustainable paths of development.
Towards an international statistical
standard in environmental-economic
accounting and related statistics
The statistical community agreed that it was timely to
mainstream environmental-economic accounting and
related statistics within the national statistical system to
respond to increasing policy demands.
To this end, the United Nations Statistical Commission
the Handbook of National
Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic
The revised SEEA will be the statistical standard for
environmental-economic accounting as the System of
the statistical standard for
economic accounts. It will provide an internationally
agreed set of recommendations expressed in terms of
concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules
and standard tables in order to obtain international
comparability of environmental-economic accounts and
related statistics. The revised SEEA is designed for
analysis, decision taking and policy-making, whatever
structure or stage of economic
development reached by a country uses.
The SEEA revision process has been launched under
the management and supervision of the United Nations
Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic
The London Group on
Environmental Accounting plays an important role in
solving the technical issues on the research agenda.
The revised SEEA will build upon its predecessors the
SEEA-2003 and the SEEA-1993.