The green economy concept, which is closely related to the concept of sustainable development, has evolved relatively recently. In 2008 United Nations Environment Programme UNEP called for an agreement - Global Green New Deal, recognizing the possibilities and opportunities for overcoming the global economic crisis through the development of green economy sectors. Published in March 2009 Global Green New Deal Policy Brief reportrecommended investments in key areas for the environment and, at the same time, with the greatest potential in the process of transformation towards green economy, such as: renewable energy, clean technologies, energy efficient buildings, public transport, waste management and recycling, sustainable use of land, water, forests, marine fisheries and ecotourism.
In June 2009 the OECD Council decided to develop a Green Growth Strategy. The aim of the Strategy is to promote green investment and technological innovation in order to contribute in the short term to economic recovery, and in long term to help build an environmentally friendly infrastructure needed to achieve the desired level of greening the economy. In 2011 OECD announced a set of indicators to support the assessment of the effects resulting from the strategy implementation. The proposed measures are complementary to gross domestic product (GDP), which - as the basic measure of national income - cannot be the only indicator determining people’s well-being and the level of greening the economy. It does not take into account that production systems are related to the environmental factors. In addition, the OECD Council has proposed that each member country could prepare indicators adjusted to its socio-economic situation, based on its achievements. Polish official statistics has undertaken this task and is currently working on preparing a set of measures a set of measures to describe the state of economy greening in Poland.