The biggest single eco-crime, accounting for more than half the total, says the report, is the emission of greenhouse gases, widely thought to be the cause of climate change. Other costly items included damage from the over-use and pollution of freshwater, local air pollution and smog.
The utilities sector is one of the worst offenders, responsible for $420bn worth of environmental damage, while consumer goods faces a $281bn charge and oil and gas $175bn. For once, financial services is out of the firing line - the cost of the damage wreaked by this sector is a mere $26.7bn. Still, big business might want to clean up its act - the reputational damage could prove even more costly than the heavy eco-taxes looming on the horizon.
$2.2trn - Cost of the damage to the environment caused by the world's biggest firms in 2008.