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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9 October 2018
Pushpam Kumar
Conventionally, economists use gross domestic product (GDP) to estimate the sustainability of the economy and the quality of societal welfare. However, this approach is not only incorrect and logically flawed, but also in gross neglect of nature’s contribution to the society.
27 September 2018
Tools and Initiatives
Shalini Sharma
Digitization and advanced technologies have a key role to play in addressing a range of sustainability challenges, including sustainable e-waste management. is a digital platform that allows businesses and individuals to transfer their e-waste to government authorized e-waste recyclers.
26 September 2018
Jakob Skovgaard, Harro van Asselt
Fossil fuel subsidies strain public budgets and contribute to climate change and local air pollution. But despite widespread agreement about the benefits of reforming fossil fuel subsidies, repeated international commitments to eliminate them, and valiant reform efforts by some countries, they persist.
25 September 2018
Juliane Jansen
Reaching our commitments to fight the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and other environmental degradation requires concrete, innovative, and systematic approaches. The OECD-based Paris Collaborative on Green Budgeting brings together environmental, tax, budget and fiscal affairs experts to find solutions that make the green transition easier.
4 September 2018
Tools and Initiatives
Salman Hussain
The UN Environment / TEEB Initiative (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) is collaborating with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and national partners to develop ecological accounts for South Africa. These accounts will enable decision makers to measure the long-term economic costs of degrading ecosystems to develop specific industries and compare them with the short-term economic gains of developing these industries.
15 August 2018
Fred Gale
What is the economic value of a tree? Since economics was founded as a discipline, there has been a single answer to this question: the value of a tree is equivalent to its market price. Through this lens, the economic value of the tree is simply its ‘exchange value’ in the market.
8 August 2018
Jiao Wang
World Resource Institute (WRI) experts used the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to map and analyse water stress in China. The Aqueduct methodology, alongside policies that cap annual water usage, increase irrigation efficiency and protect water quality, are helping the country manage its water supply.
26 July 2018
Sara Jane O'Neill
Natural assets provide many of the same services to communities as engineered assets but are generally not accounted for and/or are undervalued in asset management practices.
25 July 2018
Will Bugler
Sixteen leading banks, UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Acclimatise, have published new methodologies that help banks understand how the physical risks and opportunities of a changing climate might affect their loan portfolios.
24 July 2018
Gonzalo Alcalde
In 2012 a UN Environment-GIZ study recognized Peru’s potential “to become a leader and a model for other countries to follow in their transition to a green economy”, focusing on the biodiversity-based industry and bio-trade. Where does Peru's transition to a green economy stand now?