The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) offers an online e-learning course, Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap, consolidated in the flagship courses under Sustainable Development Goals Help Desk for its member states. The course addresses the economic transformation necessary for the realization of the Green Growth objectives.
The concept of Green Growth emerged in the Asia-Pacific region to turn resource constraints and the climate crisis into an economic opportunity that generates a double dividend (higher growth with lower environmental impact) by improving the efficiency of resource use and increasing investments in natural capital to drive economic growth. Realizing the promise of Green Growth will require a bold and ambitious transformation of the economic system. The "visible structure" of the economy, comprising such physical infrastructure as transport, building and energy systems, together with the "invisible structure", which encompasses market prices, governance, regulations and lifestyles, have to re-oriented to resource efficiency. The objective of the "Low Carbon Green Growth Road-map" training course is to explain how to begin such a transformation.
This course consists of the following 5 tracks:
Improving the quality of growth and maximizing net growth
Changing the invisible structure of the economy: closing the gap between economic and ecological efficiencies
Changing the visible structure of the economy: planning and designing eco-efficient infrastructure
Turning green into a business opportunity
Formulating and implementing low-carbon development strategies
Additional learning materials include:
Sixty-three fact sheets that provide detailed information and analysis of policy option
Fifty-one case studies that provide detailed information about successful practices that can be found in Asia-Pacific and elsewhere