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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18 June 2018
Amanda McKee, Talia Calnek-Sugin
Governments have set ambitious goals to act on climate change, which are embodied through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. To achieve these goals, countries must coordinate across sectors and ministries, implement creative technologies, and finance projects. For many countries and relevant stakeholders, accessing information to support their planning and implementation can be a daunting task. When countries search for tools, resources, and information to support their work, where do they begin?
11 June 2018
Chavi Meattle, Gireesh Shrimali
India has been a sweet spot for renewable energy investment exhibiting an 11% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2004 and 2017, and ranked among the top five renewable investment destinations in the FS-UNEP Report. Some major contributing factors have been India’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals, its large and well-diversified renewable market, and India’s ability to offer higher excess returns than several comparable markets like China and the United States.
4 June 2018
Delia Paul
UN Environment has published the final report of its Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The report highlights progress towards a sustainable financial system, including an increase in green bonds, large-scale divestments from carbon-intensive projects, commitment to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and the development of national road maps for green and sustainable finance.
28 May 2018
Jun Rentschler
A new book explores the complex economics and politics of fossil fuel subsidies, and distils key principles for designing and implementing of effective reforms. Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A Guide to Economic and Political Complexity (Routledge).
28 May 2018
Saurabh Trivedi, Gireesh Shrimali
A recent study by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), creates a case for municipal entities to promote rooftop solar in India by issuing green bonds in capital markets.
25 May 2018
Anabel González
There is positive energy coming from several regions of the world in the form of renewed and pro-active leadership on preferential trade agreements (PTAs) on the part of the European Union (EU), Japan and Africa. This energy is welcome as it is a source of global cooperation, but more is needed to make sure it complements the multilateral trading system.
24 May 2018
John S. Odell
A new trade policy approach can help high-polluting countries make their national mitigation policies more effective and thus promote green growth.
24 May 2018
Javier Capapé
Environmental investments make up just 1% of the assets of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs). As these public institutional investors have the capacity to deploy enormous capital to green long-term investments, how can they be encouraged to join – and lead – the transition to a low-carbon economy?
23 May 2018
Caroline Ott
Imagine you work for a government agency or philanthropy that wants to support climate mitigation projects (e.g., solar energy installations, building efficiency upgrades). You have a grant budget of $50 million to invest anywhere in the world, and you want to invest in projects that reduce the most greenhouse gas emissions. Where do you put your money, and how do you know that you’re getting the best bang for your buck?
23 May 2018
Event Updates
Ben Groom, Thomas Sterner
Ben Groom and Thomas Sterner discuss the influence of Environmental & Resource Economist (ERE) research on policy in advance of the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) taking place from 25-29 June in Gothenburg, Sweden.