16 October 2012 – Today, an unprecedented group of 15 leading environmental and development cooperation organisations launched the Green Growth Best Practice Initiative (GGBP). Designed to help governments strengthen the quality of green growth planning and implementation through analysis and peer-to-peer learning, the initiative is set to drive progressive green policy-making around the globe.

As human-induced climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity threatens the sustainable future of our economies and habitats, green- and low carbon growth plans are being developed in numerous industrialised and developing countries. Such green growth plans and programs allow governments, businesses, and communities to achieve long-term social and economic goals through a transformation to resource efficient and sustainable systems. To date efforts have been isolated and there is little learning between countries. This situation will be transformed by the GGBP, which will provide valuable insights on best practice at all levels of the policy-making process, aiming to significantly improve the quality and success rate of green growth planning and implementation.

The initiative is supported by various funders, who together with the steering group of high-level organisations, bring a unique set of expertise to the challenge.

Bert Metz, Chair of the GGBP steering committee and Fellow of the European Climate Foundation, one of the funders of the initiative, said, “The European Climate Foundation wants to help governments implement effective green growth measures in their economies. Unless we grow our economies in sustainable ways, we risk a crisis in the future that is more serious and enduring than the recession we are currently experiencing”.

Read the full press release here.