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G20 and Growth

Apart from the G20’s apparent lack of effective strategy and implementation of its own pledges, its growth vision lacks full coherence with sustainable development. Instead of wishfully hoping to retrace an economic growth trajectory of the past, the G20 should advance coherent sustainable development.

By Motoko Aizawa

Green finance and climate finance

The G20 uses the term “Green Finance” as a broad umbrella term that refers to the major shift in financial flows required to support projects that benefit the environment and society by reducing pollution or tackling climate change.

By Motoko Aizawa

The makers and profiteers of the new economy of nature

The call for an economic valuation of nature, and in particular for limits ​​on pollution and the destruction of nature, is linked to the demand for a more flexible implementation of environmental laws and regulations. The idea of “compensation instead of reduction” is intended to guarantee this flexibility.

Green New Deal

Utopian Realism

"A new model of sustainability is needed, driven by ingenuity and the capacity of our technologies to extract more from less" says Anthony Giddens in his foreword to "Green Growth, Smart Growth".

By Anthony Giddens

Another attempt to save the planet?

Green technologies in themselves will not bring about the change we need. Growth at any price must no longer be the paramount goal. Agriculture is one of the sectors in which reform is most urgent – and, at the same time, most difficult.  

By Barbara Unmüßig

Ecological market economy

Europe can do better - A Green Growth Agenda

A relationship with, not against, nature should be one of the core principles of ‘green growth’, argues Ralf Fücks. As Europe debates its economic direction, Fücks outlines the ’12 theses’ that should form the basis of a sustainable future for the continent.

By Ralf Fücks

Biomassters Battle to Control the Green Economy

At Rio+20, the concept of the "green economy" focuses on industrial production from biomass as one way to overcome fossil fuel dependency. The push for a bio-based economy comes with a call for market-based mechanisms for the financialization of the Earth’s natural processes, re-branded as ‘ecosystem services’, which also encourage land and water grabs.  By etc Group and Heinrich Boell Foundation

Publications

Aloft - An Inflight Review

Air traffic must become climate neutral and more environmentally friendly. With the publication Aloft – An Inflight Review the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Airbus Group want to provide important insights into the current state of technological developments and the political debate surrounding the sustainable future of flying.

Can Green Growth Really Work?

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"Green growth" may work well in creating new growth impulses with reduced environmental load and facilitating related technological and structural change. But can it also mitigate climate change at the required scale? About growth, technological, population-expansion, governance constraints and some key systemic issues

Alle Publications on "Green Economy"

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Dossier: New Economy of Nature

How did forests become ‚natural capital‘? Our web dossier illustrates what the concept of the „New Economy of Nature“ stands for and explains nature’s role in the Green Economy and why this approach has been of increased interest to economy and politics recently.

Market-compliant forest conservation (REDD+)

REDD is a mechanism for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” in so-called developing countries that has been discussed in the context of the UN climate talks since 2005.

What are compensation credits and why are they so controversial?

Corporations whose business models require the exploitation and destruction of nature are increasingly marketing products as carbon-neutral and deforestation-free. This is made possible by the concept of “compensation instead of reduction”. How does it work?

 

A Green Transformation

The financial crisis, climate change, scarce resources, poverty, and social injustice all point to the same conclusion: Fundamental change is inevitable. Part of this will have to be a green economy – one that is very different from what we have. How to achieve this can only be answered through open debate. There are a number of different ideas and approaches around – such as a Green New Deal, a commons-based economy, and even an economy without growth.

Events

Jun 01Jun 30
Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation ‘Why We're Stuck and How We Want to Get out of This’
Brussels
Jun 15Jul 01
Jun 27
Tuesday 27th June, 2017 | Alliance Française | 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm | Free Entry
Nairobi

A team of international energy experts write on how the Germ an energy transition continues and how it relates to other countries.