© 2002

Unveiling Wealth

On Money, Quality of Life and Sustainability

  • Peter Bartelmus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introductory Statement by the Executive Director of UNEP

  3. New Indicators of Sustainability

    1. Karl Schoer
      Pages 39-47
  4. Which indicators, and for what?

  5. The physical basis of the economy

  6. Assessment and policy analysis

About this book


Does money blur perspectives for a better life?
Lifting the money veil from our yardsticks of progress, income and wealth, reveals the trade-offs of economic growth. The book presents new indicators of the social, economic and ecological impacts of our lifestyles and production techniques. The indicators help to identify those responsible for these impacts and account for their accountability in terms of environmental and other ("social") costs.
Sustainable development is to bring about long-term prosperity without undermining its natural foundation. For the assessment of the opaque concept we need both, physical impact measures and environmentally modified ("green") indicators of income, capital and output.
Peter Bartelmus opens the dialogue between frequently hostile camps of economists and environmentalists, data producers and users, and scientists and policy makers. Together, they may steer us towards a sustainable future.


UNEP development efficiency environment production sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Bartelmus
    • 1
  1. 1.Division for Material Flows and Structural ChangeWuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and EnergyWuppertalGermany

Bibliographic information


"...particular attention to the pros and cons of attempting to internalise environmental costs into individual decision-making through the political process. On the whole, Unveiling Wealth is a very useful book for economists, environmentalists, policy makers as well as eco-conscious practitioners of business."
(Environmental Politics, 12:3 (2003)