BiographyPeter Bartelmus holds a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. He is an honorary professor of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) and has been teaching economics of sustainable development at Wuppertal and Columbia universities. At the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi and the UN headquarters in New York, he developed international systems of environmental statistics and accounting. As director of the environment division of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy he sought to combine environmental and ecological economics in measurement and theory. His publications advanced new concepts and methods on green accounting and environmental economics. A new book Prosperity, Nature and Wellbeing: What Do the Indicators Tell Us? has now been published in 2018.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Environmental economics, sustainability of economic growth and development, environment statistics, environmental-economic accounting
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Published: May 26, 2018 by S. Bell and S. Morse (eds), Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators and Indices, Routledge 2018
Authors: P. Bartelmus
The greening of the national accounts, as suggested by the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting, corrects the accounting indicators for hitherto ignored environmental costs. Internalizing these costs into the budgets of households and enterprises and into environmental-economic policies would ground the integration of environmental and economic policies on facts rather than rhetoric.
Published: Jun 04, 2015 by Environmental Development 14, 2015, 53-62
Authors: P. Bartelmus
Environmentalists predict catastrophic global warming. They fail to show the overall impact on human needs and wellbeing. Environmental economists model future costs and benefits of climate change. The wide range of their estimates prevents assessing the significance of climate change. Integrated environmental-economic accounts can measure the economic costs of climate change during a past accounting period. Climate policy rather than politics could be the result.