Green economic sectors
A green economy is one that founded on green economic services and industries that provide decent work and stable employment prospects. Our coalition members share their thinking on how to green economic sectors below. To respond to these articles just click on the comment boxes.
What role can sustainable fashion play in the green economy?
The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) strives to promote a green economy through collaborating with industry, in order to encourage the greening of high impact sectors. One high impact sector which has far reach and attracts lots of attention is the fashion industry.... Continue reading
Report: Decoding China’s path to green economy
The report “China's path to a green economy: decoding China’s green economy concepts and policies” (link) is joint authored by IIED’s Xiaoxue Weng, and Dr. Zhanfeng Dong, Qiong Wu and Ying Qinvthe of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning (CAEP).
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WWF-UK proposes 'Greener Budget' to safeguard the UK’s economic future
In its new report ‘A Greener Budget: sustaining our prosperity in a changing world’ (link), WWF-UK sets out a suite of practical policy recommendations that would help to shift the UK to a sustainable, resource efficient, low-carbon economy.... Continue reading
Facing up to CEO climate complacency
Last week, PwC’s report prompted Jo Confino at The Guardian to point out the worrying lack of interest in climate change among CEOs. Shockingly, the report shows that only 6% of CEOs prioritize reducing the risk of climate change in their corporate strategy, and that CEO trust in key climate fighting tools - like international regulations or public-private collaborations - is at an all-time low.... Continue reading
Understanding the significance of informal green economies
The paper ‘Urban informality and building a more inclusive, resilient and green economy’ is authored by Donald Brown, Gordon McGranahan and David Dodman, and firstly aims to reassert the key role that informal economies must play in the successful implementation of any green economy.... Continue reading
How scrap metal recycling is shaping the US economy
According to an infographic released recently by global electronics and scrap metal recycling giant Sims Metal Management, Americans waste recyclable material worth $7 billion. In 2010 alone, the value of aluminum cans wasted stood at a whopping $1.1 billion, while that of steel materials was around $3 billion.... Continue reading
We’ve reached a new tipping point
What opportunities exist for countries at all stages of development for achieving lasting economic prosperity without going down the dangerous road to irreversible climate change? Plenty says Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report commissioned by the New Climate Economy (NCE), as long as they jump to it now. The report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate — chaired by Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico and co-chaired by Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham R... Continue reading
Danish publish new guidance on green growth
Green Growth is one of four key priority areas in Denmark's development cooperation and engagement program and Danida is keen to engage Danida staff, development cooperation partners and external consultants in promoting inclusive green growth and the green economy across the policy dialogue and implementation process.... Continue reading
Introducing South Africa's green entrepreneurship hub
The risk of climate change is all around us and it’s quite apparent that the most vulnerable in society are bearing the brunt of this risk. Whether you speak to smallholder farmers on the rolling slopes of the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda – where rainfall has reduced by more than 20% – or you speak to a township dweller in the outskirts of Cape Town – whose shack has been razed down by a recent fire –the story is the same.... Continue reading
Are we ready to seize green opportunities?
South African businesses are in a strong position to take advantage of the transition to a green economy.
The green economy can stimulate growth, enhance competitiveness and open new markets, both locally and globally. An abundance of natural resources, predominantly solar and wind, but also the minerals needed for the development of green technologies and biodiversity, coupled with a solid financial sector and innovative industries, position South Africa to play a leading role in a greener world.... Continue reading