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Strengthening green growth globally

Published: 16/10/2012

Environmental and development cooperation organisations launch Green Growth Best Practice initiative

London, United Kingdom, Cologne, Germany, 16 October 2012– The Green Growth Best Practice initiative (GGBP) was launched last week in close partnership with many key players in the field of Green Growth. This effort will strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis, documentation, and peer to peer learning on best practices across all regions of the world and different levels of government.  Ecofys is part of the consortium and will play a leading role in the green growth assessment and preparation of the chapters on implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. 

GGBP will engage many leading experts from developed and developing countries and a broad community of practitioners, policymakers, academics, and private sector stakeholders from all regions of the world in conducting an assessment of green growth best practice. The aim is to identify which approaches work well and which do not work so well in particular circumstances.

“Green Growth plans are key instruments to integrate action on climate change, environment and natural resources into development and economic planning. They can help governments to reconcile these important issues in order to safeguard future prosperity. This is why the European Climate Foundation is supporting this initiative”, says Bert Metz, fellow at ECF and the current chair of the Steering Committee for the initiative.

The initiative will produce various tangible results and products, including comprehensive reports, a living handbook to document and share experiences and lessons, tailored technical resources and training materials across sectors, and workshops and forums to foster peer learning and innovation on green growth. Through these outcomes, the initiative aims to improve green growth planning and facilitate its implementation around the globe.

“Green growth is a very promising way to tackle climate change. To do this, it is important to show the world that best practices already exist today. We at Ecofys look forward to the work to be done in the next two years and are pleased to join a consortium of excellent experts”, said Dr. Niklas Höhne, Director of Energy and Climate Policy at Ecofys.

The green growth best practices assessment report will be completed by November 2013 with the overall project continuing at least into early 2014. A project team with international experts from Ecofys, Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, European Climate Foundation, Global Green Growth Institute, Joint Implementation Network, and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory is leading implementation of GGBP. GGBP is an affiliated program with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a joint effort of GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank.

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The following organisations serve on the Steering Committee for this project: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature, Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, European Climate Foundation (ECF), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean(ECLAC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank Group (WB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA through the African Climate Policy Centre), MAPS project (through SouthSouthNorth), E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism), United Nations Economic and Social Commission Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP).


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