National Quarterly Pollution Damage in the U.S Economy

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As of late 2021, air pollution and greenhouse gases combined to cause public health and environmental damage (GED) equivalent to 6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the U.S. Over the last five to ten years, GED damages from air pollution and greenhouse gases averaged about 5% of GDP.

National Pollution Damage Data

The Carnegie Mellon ESG-GED Index is a first-of-its-kind measure of U.S. companies’ environmental performance. Focusing on Gross External Damage (or GED) the indices track environmental performance in monetary terms ($) — rather than standard ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) indices that measure emissions in tons. This allows analysts to assess firms’ performance over multiple pollutants and to adjust firm value to reflect environmental damages.