I thank the rapporteur for her amendments which highlight some of the inherent problems with GDP as a measure of social or environmental progress. It was the creator of the concept of GDP who said that
'Distinctions should be kept in mind between quantity and quality of growth' GDP takes no account of consumption of non renewable resources or degradation of the environment. So just as the road to hell is paved with good intentions so the road to catastrophic damage to our climate could be made up of an ever rising GDP. The UK Government and your Governments measure their 'success' or failure in terms of GDP which has no relation to quality of life or our environment. GDP is a dangerous indicator if it drives policy decisions and needs to be abandoned.