Benjamin Simmons

GGKP's first two years - Milestones and achievements


GGBP report details benefits from the adoption of green growth policies

29 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

Call for Abstracts and GGKP Annual Conference


Green Growth Across the Globe

GGKP’s mission is to enhance and expand efforts to identify and address knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Explore our green growth map to find country-specific data, resources, policies and projects.

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India needs to pause and reboot its green industrial policy

Karthik Ganesan

Senior Research Associate, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Karthik Ganesan is a Senior Research Associate at CEEW, India. He leads the research efforts in the area of energy access and the future energy consumption pathways of rural India, and the opportunities for industrial energy efficiency gains. His focus has been to bring quantitative techniques from other domains, such as consumer choice models and system dynamics modelling to provide a holistic understanding of the various factors that influence energy policy and their impact in turn, on development and sustainability.

Prior to his association with CEEW he has worked on an array of projects in collaboration with various international institutions, with a focus on technology and environmental valuation. His published (and under review) works include the Power Sector Expansion Plans in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Regional governance challenges (ADB), Carbon Capture and Storage Potential for SE Asia (ADB), Valuation of Health Impact of Air pollution from Thermal Power Plants (ADB), Metropolitan Siting of Nuclear Reactors (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis) and India’s Energy Conundrum – What the future holds (World Scientific). 

Measuring green growth at the WCERE

Amanda McKee

Communications and Outreach Officer, Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Amanda McKee manages the communications and outreach efforts for the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. She is responsible for leading efforts on engagement with organizations and experts working in the field of green growth, identifying and sharing new research, and managing the GGKP’s web platform. Prior to joining the GGKP, Amanda worked on Trade and Environment issues with the World Trade Organization and the UN’s International Trade Centre. She is a Canadian citizen and holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

amckee (at) ggkp (dot) org

GGKP's first two years - Milestones and achievements

Benjamin Simmons

Head, Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Benjamin Simmons is the founding head of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform office based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to his current role, Benjamin coordinated the establishment and implementation of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative, a groundbreaking effort involving over 500 experts to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity and the costs associated with continued biodiversity loss. Benjamin was also Head of the UNEP Trade, Policy and Planning Unit where he managed UNEP’s trade and environment program and served as the principal UNEP delegate to the World Trade Organization. Benjamin is the author of numerous articles, papers and book chapters examining the interface between environmental and economic policies. Prior to joining UNEP in 2003, Benjamin worked as an environmental lawyer for a private law firm in New York City and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer promoting sustainable agricultural systems in southern Senegal. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law and a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

bsimmons (at) ggkp (dot) org

Research Programmes

The trade and competitiveness research committee examines the effects of green growth policies on the patterns and volume of trade, on national and firm competitiveness, and on employment. This work stream, in the initial stages, is prioritizing the identification of data gaps and potential options for addressing them, particularly in developing countries.

The metrics and indicators research committee is first taking stock of existing green growth metrics – in terms of both coverage and methodology at the country level – and then identifying the main gaps and opportunities for new efforts in data collection, methodological work and indicator development.

The technology and innovation research committee explores the relationship between technology and behavioural change, ways to foster green creativity and entrepreneurship, barriers to the diffusion and adaptation of green technologies in developing countries, and policy instruments for promoting green innovation and technology diffusion.

The fiscal instruments research committee examines the challenges and opportunities associated with reforming environmentally perverse fiscal measures and provides policy guidance on an effective design and implementation of fiscal instruments for a green economic transition.

Affiliated Programmes

The World Bank's "Data and Decision-Making Tools for Green Growth" initiative seeks to help the organization and its client countries to make investment and planning decisions that manage the deep uncertainty and disagreement associated with climate change, development patterns and other trends.
The Green Growth Best Practices (GGBP) initiative was set up to accelerate learning and to inform the design of green growth programmes, by undertaking an analysis of early experiences. GGBP engaged 75 authors in evaluating practices and lessons from cases of green growth programmes and strategies.

Latest Resources

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

From twitter @GGKPlatform

GGKP is calling for abstracts of policy-relevant papers on fiscal instruments & green economy. Deadline is 15 Sept.
1 hour 40 min
GGKP is calling for abstracts of policy-relevant papers on fiscal instruments & green economy. Deadline is 15 Sept.
13 hours 41 min
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