The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a new tool, the Climate Change Indicators Dashboard, bringing together a number of experimental climate change indicators on a single interactive platform.
“To develop the right measures to tackle climate change, governments need robust and comparable data,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF. “The new IMF dashboard will help fill data gaps, so policymakers can undertake the macroeconomic and financial analysis that underpins effective policies.”
The 11 indicators available on the dashboard are grouped into four main categories: economic activity; cross-border; financial, physical and transition risks; and government policies. Comparison is available across countries and data available includes greenhouse gas emissions from economic activity, trade in environmental goods, green finance and more.
Intended to inform macroeconomic and financial analysis, the new dashboard shows the growing frequency of climate-related disasters and extreme weather. It also reveals how some countries are better prepared than others, and how some countries are more vulnerable. For example, the climate-driven Inform composite indicator identifies countries at risk of humanitarian crises and disasters that would overwhelm national response capacity.
The indicators used have been developed in cooperation with international organisations and agencies including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank Group, the UN, the European Commission, the European Statistical Office, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Energy Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The launch of the new service was accompanied by an explanatory presentation from the IMF statistics department. The IMF intends to develop the dashboard over time, adding other indicators and offering greater country coverage with more detail and granularity.
This page was last updated April 29, 2021
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