Insights Blog

The GGKP has access to the world's leading practitioners and experts on green growth. Our Insights Blog provides a place for you to tap into their latest thinking, including around recent research, new projects and upcoming events. Our latest blogs are listed below. 

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5 April 2019
Tools and Initiatives
Anthony Lewis
The Resource Efficiency and Climate Action Initiative, launched under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) at the German Corporation for International Development Cooperation (GIZ), has published five policy briefs on key themes related to resource efficiency, including digital transformations, climate protection, infrastructure and buildings, and resource efficiency policies. This blog links to the briefs and discusses the initiative's achievements so far.
8 March 2019
Partner in Focus
Anna Schulz
Inclusive green growth can serve as a crucible for the transformational change necessary to simultaneously achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment while implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By integrating social, environmental and economic considerations, inclusive green growth pathways can generate the political will necessary to undertake ambitious climate action that integrates gender equality and pro-poor approaches.
18 March 2019
Tools and Initiatives
Eunjoo Lee , Prof. Dr Edeltraud Guenther
How do we gear up sustainability thinking in Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs)? A recent study looks at three case studies of WWTPs in Germany from the managerial perspective, offering in-depth understanding of the status quo and possibility of improving environmental management in public organisations.
7 March 2019
Paul-andré Calatayud
Our economies and ecosystem depend on insects—and they are declining at an alarming rate. While different approaches to insect conservation are being developed or implemented, including biodiversity-friendly agriculture; insect conservatories; restricted use of insecticides; ecological networks, they require significant scale up and support from the policy, businesses and financial communities.
1 March 2019
Mary Njenga , Ruth Mendum
New technologies and smart business models could turn waste into a veritable gold mine of opportunity for African women.
25 February 2019
Steven Stone
"Reaching the SDGs will require courage, creativity, and clarity of purpose. It will require collective and individual efforts to align our actions and our investments. In short, it will require us to rethink our patterns of how we consume and produce, how we save, and spend, and invest," says Steven Stone, Chief of the Resources and Markets Branch at UN Environment.
1 February 2019
Jun Rentschler, Florian Flachenecker
How can ambition, individual projects, and high-level targets be translated into wide-ranging action on the ground? A new book, Investing in Resource Efficiency: The Economics and Politics of Financing the Resource Transition, covers the multi-faceted incentives and complex trade-offs associated with investing in the resource transition – the move towards more resource efficient and circular economies.
22 January 2019
Diying Wu
The global electric vehicle (EV) market continues to power up, with potential global sales of 11 million in 2025. The two case studies described in this blog illustrate examples of policy stickiness and policy ambition.
21 January 2019
Event Updates
Cristiana Pasca Palmer
How can we incentivize leadership to make long-term decisions for the common benefit of mankind? How can we educate and activate the global public to understand and join this struggle? And how do we re-imagine the economy so that the opportunities of the green transition are not only realized, but spread more evenly among all peoples, rather than leading to increased inequality and instability?
17 January 2019
Event Updates
Steven Stone
"We cannot enjoy prosperity for the few at the expense of the many. We cannot build walls that would keep out a changing climate or dirty air or water that becomes our common heritage," says Steven Stone, Head of the Markets and Resources Branch, Economy Division at UN Environment, in the wake of the 2019 PAGE Ministerial Conference on the