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 April 2018
Robert C. Brears
Around the world, there is a transition towards the ‘circular economy’ that focuses on the 3Rs of reducing material consumption, reusing materials, and recovering materials from waste. In the context of water resources management, cities and their respective water utilities are beginning to promote the reduction of water consumption, reuse of water, and recovery of materials from wastewater.
18 April 2018
Sinem Demir, Ernesto Lopez-Cordova, Etienne Kechichian
Eco-industrial parks are an emerging contributor to an environmentally and socially sustainable, and economically sound industrial development. The World Bank Group, UNIDO and GIZ have developed a common framework for understanding eco-industrial parks.
17 April 2018
Najib Saab
As the cost of producing electricity from solar panels and wind turbines continues to decline, every dollar invested today yields an additional 25 to 75 percent return in kilowatts, compared to five years ago. Where do Arab countries stand in view of these developments?
10 April 2018
Jaime de Melo, Adrien Corneille
Over the coming century, Sub-Saharan Africa will face considerable challenges related to climate change, natural resource depletion and poverty traps, and accelerated urbanisation, which, in turn, will drive up the region’s carbon footprint. These challenges call for greater commitments by OECD countries to address the mismatch between contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate burden, halt natural resource depletion, and to support low-carbon urbanization in SSA.
5 April 2018
John Moorhead
Project Drawdown brought together a qualified and diverse group of researchers to identify, research and model the most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These range from bioplastics to artificial leafs to building automation, clean cookstoves, coastal wetlands, living buildings, cows walking on beaches, and more.
3 April 2018
Benoit Lefevre
The thriving cities of tomorrow will be sustainable cities. To make our cities more healthy, prosperous and sustainable, while reducing carbon emissions, we must close the gap between cities’ growing demand for more sustainable urban services and their ability to access innovative solutions and financing options.
26 March 2018
Oliver Greenfield
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released a report on the state of biodiversity. Oliver Greenfield, Convenor of the Green Economy Coalition, responds : “The report is powerful and compelling. But it does not go far enough into the cause of nature’s decline, which is that our current ‘brown’ economic system is geared towards rapacious expansion and is blind to its dependence on nature."
23 March 2018
Svante Persson
How can businesses, large and small, make their supply chains more climate resilient and simultaneously more profitable? A recent study by Acclimatise for the IDB’s PROADAPT program shows that assessing climate risks helps businesses better understand their supply chains, strengthen their resilience and gain a competitive advantage.
16 March 2018
Jorge E. Viñuales
"The Green Industrial Policy and Trade: A Tool-Box provides an overview of trade-related green industrial policy tools, including border measures, support schemes, standards, sustainable public procurement and manufacturing, environmental clauses in trade agreements, and employment-related schemes," says Professor Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute Geneva.
16 March 2018
Jennifer Temmer
What do Hawaii, Kelowna, Baltimore and Winnipeg have in common? They are all developing systems to track citizens progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) against specific indicators.