Green Economy Blog
Fighting for the future – sustainable development and the battle for ideas in 2017
By Andrew Norton
13 February 2017 - Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum?  Simple narratives in 2016 harking back to a 'golden age' of national power seemed to resonate... Read more >>
Greening Digital Finance
By Simon Zadek
6 February 2016 – Digital finance has turned out to be an unexpected revolutionary, simply by enabling low-cost financial inclusion. Thanks to new financial technologies (fintech), consumers can shop seamlessly, migrants can send hard-earned money to their families cheaply, small businesses can access credit in minutes through Big Data-driven profiling, and savers can shape their... Read more >>
Green technologies key to boosting air quality in Chinese cities
By Erik Solheim
16 January 2017 - Large-scale adoption of green technologies in key sectors like manufacturing and transport is key to boosting air quality in China's major cities, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) said. UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim, who acknowledged that rapid industrial development has impacted negatively on air quality in... Read more >>
The times are they a-changin' in Mongolia?
By Amrei Horstbrink
25 November 2016 - Green development as an opportunity in times of economic downturn.  Mongolia is known for its pristine nature, clear lakes and rolling hills. On a Thursday morning in November this beauty seems far away. Ulaanbaatar city is covered in smog; people crossing the street wear masks. Concentrations of fine particulate matter reach 645 μg/m3 – 25 times... Read more >>
The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown
By Remko Fischer
​15 November 2016 - UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) round-up: developments and outcomes from the first week of the 2016 intergovernmental climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco (COP22). The good Last year’s climate meeting in Paris, COP 21, has been widely praised as historic for two reasons: it was only the second time that world governments were able to craft an... Read more >>
The future of work in green economy
By Moustapha Kamal Gueye
31 October 2016 - For the second time, the International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization vibrated to the rhythm of the Academy on the Green Economy. This year, the Academy brought together some 150 participants from 35 countries, in Turin, Italy. A gathering of government policy makers, development practitioners, researchers, representatives of workers, employers... Read more >>
What Bankers Can Do To Tackle Climate Change
By Simon Zadek, Nick Robbins
10 October, 2016 - The decision by China and the United States to jointly ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on the eve of the Chinese-hosted G20 Leaders Summit earlier this month, was simply great news. It is a huge signal from the world’s two largest economies that the low-carbon transition is not just environmentally necessary, but now lies at the heart of their future... Read more >>
The HUB of the future
By Anja von Moltke
26 September, 2016 - The year 2015 marked a defining chapter in the international agenda for sustainable development with key milestones. These include the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa in July, the UN summit in September where the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted, the Paris Climate Change Conference... Read more >>
Towards a green finance action agenda
By Ari Huhtala
20 September, 2016 - The Global Green Growth Summit, held in Jeju on 8 September and organised by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) had chosen “Towards a green finance action agenda for 2017” as its topic. The leading question at the outset was “The world is awash with money, but where are the bankable projects for green investments?” [Editor’s note:... Read more >>
The Price is Right? Signals, Distortions and Patches in Greening Finance
By Steven Stone
11 September, 2016 - Does anyone remember the tacky and blatantly consumerist American TV show launched in the early 1970's, when the host would ask a group of panelists to guess the price of a range of new products? Sometimes I feel that for all our advances in estimating the hidden costs of some of our products, we are still not far from the contestants in guessing their true... Read more >>