This book presents national environmental, or 'green' accounting as it has developed in Europe and other parts of the world. It introduces the most recent methods developed through the United Nations Statistical Department and other international organizations, but bridges the gap between the superficial treatment of environmental accounting in economics textbooks and environmental literature, on the one hand, and the highly technical manuals of international organizations, on the other. Joy Hecht begins with a history and introduction to national income accounting. The first part of her book explains how the environmental accounts build on the structure of the 1993 System of National Accounts. She then shows the UN approach to accounting applied to pollution, recycling, and the management of natural resources such as forests, minerals, and fisheries. The third section discusses how the accounts approach green GDP and other macroeconomic indicators. The book concludes by going beyond the UN structures to discuss other adjusted macroeconomic measures and how accounting data can be used to build them. National Environmental Accounting is a non-technical introduction to an increasingly important field. It is a must-read for anyone interested in how environmental accounts can help society move towards greater sustainability.

chapter 1|15 pages

National Environmental Accounts

chapter 4|23 pages

Overview of the Revised SEEA

chapter 5|14 pages

Pollution Accounting: The Physical Side

chapter 7|18 pages

Pollution Accounting: Policy Questions

chapter 8|16 pages

Resource Accounting

chapter 9|17 pages

Forest Accounts

chapter 10|16 pages

Subsoil Asset Accounts

chapter 11|27 pages

Fisheries, Land, and Water Accounts

chapter 12|13 pages

Macroeconomic Indicators in the SEEA

chapter 13|17 pages

Macroeconomic Measures outside the SEEA