Governance and measurement

Improving governance and measurement – measuring what matters: Green economic governance will redefine progress in light of environmental and societal needs; and make governments, businesses and people more accountable for their actions.

April, 2015

Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?

Green Economy Coalition

To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute.

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February, 2015
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What Planetary Boundaries 2.0 mean for green economy

Victor Anderson - Anglia Ruskin University

A new version of the influential ‘planetary boundaries’ analysis was published in January.  Many of the authors are the same as those who wrote the key Rockstrom et al articles in 2009.  They have not changed the overall picture fundamentally, but they have taken into account a great deal of recent science and many of the criticisms which the original analysis provoked.

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January, 2015

Economic quality over quantity as Shanghai discards GDP target

Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition

There has been a nationwide move across China to look beyond the world leading raw GDP growth figures of the last 30 years and focus on a range of broader metrics, including environmental and employment performance.

Around 70 smaller Chinese cities and counties abandoned GDP targets in 2014, but this was mostly in areas with high poverty rates and special agricultural or ecological value.

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December, 2014

Post-Lima, is the UN’s climate change body still fit for purpose?

Saleemul Huq - IIED

Going into the Lima talks there was a great sense of optimism buoyed by the successful climate change summit held by the UN secretary general in September and with the many hundreds of thousands of marchers in New York and many other cities around the world.

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December, 2014

Japan at a GDP crossroads

Hazel Henderson - Ethical Markets Media

Japan faces a snap election on December 14th with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” on trial.  From the conventional economics perspective of GDP-measured growth, we are told that Japan is “stagnating” with excessive debt.  Economists dispense their usual bromides: “open up the economy”; “join the Transpacific Partnership”; “cut government spending”; “tax more”; “tax less”; “print money” – lurching between austerity and stimulus.

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October, 2014

Telling the story of transition to greener economies (REPORT)

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

How do we move the green economy into boardrooms, classrooms and pressrooms? What are the essential elements for telling the story of transition? 

On 1 September 2014, 120 leaders from business, civil society, research, policy and the UN gathered at ICAEW’s offices to consider how to take the green economy into the mainstream. Together, participants tackled three questions.

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October, 2014

GEC Strategy 2014 - 2017

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition came together on the 1 – 2 September 2014 with invited partners to discuss the status of the transition and what it means for our work together. This document is the outcome of that meeting. It describes who we are, what we believe in, why our voice is important, how we think change will happen, the partners we want to work with and the actions we will take. This is our refreshed strategy 2014-2017.

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September, 2014

How business counts: aligning water sustainability metrics for the Sustainable Development Goals

Chris West - Stockholm Environment Institute

How do we make sure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are actually met by 2030? This is one of the many vexed questions facing the SDG drafters as they survey the sometimes patchy progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The discussion on ‘means of implementation’ for the SDGs has, among other things, highlighted the make-or-break role of businesses, large and small, in realizing the global transition to sustainable development over the coming 15 years.

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May, 2014

What does wellbeing mean to Northern Ireland?

Lauren Pennycook - Carnegie Trust

More than ever, academics, governments and civil society organisations are recognising the need to involve the public in measuring what matters in our daily lives. Behind this move towards public participation is the firm belief that if we can measure our wellbeing more accurately as a society, then we will be better placed to bring about change in policy and practice which will have a positive impact on our lives. And with the introduction of new technology comes new opportunities to take part in the debate. Have internet access?... Continue reading

April, 2014
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GDP hits retirement age

Emily Benson - Green Economy Coalition

2014 marks an important, if unnoticed, anniversary. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now eighty years old. Born in 1934 and in active service until 1944, GDP is an elderly pensioner. The measurement has had a venerable career; having originally been devised to provide information about economic activity during the Great Depression, GDP is now an unrivalled authority for measuring national progress across the world.

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