Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-1                                                                                                               January 31, 2013

Welcome to the first edition of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's "Knowledge Update", a way to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in green growth theory and practice.

GGKP was founded by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank to identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice and to help countries design and implement policies to move towards a green economy.

In these email updates, we will be sharing with you the latest developments in green growth research, as well as recent publications and upcoming events. You can find more information on the GGKP and its activities at If you have any research you would like to share with the GGKP and its network, please email us at

About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

Upcoming events
Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy: Assessing Policies and Practices
4-5 March, 2013
Turin, Italy

Chatham House in association with GGGI
February 25-26, 2013
London, UK

April 4-5, 2013
Paris, France

Contact info


tel: 1-202-458-8886

Latest Research
Sixteen GGKP papers featured in World Bank research roundup on green growth
A total of 16 research working papers, commissioned by the GGKP, have been featured in a new World Bank Research Roundup on Green Growth and Development. The papers highlight the current state of knowledge on green growth economics as well as important knowledge gaps warranting further research. Earlier versions of the papers, written by leading experts in the field, were initially presented at the inaugural GGKP conference in January 2012.

UNEP has released a new report on "Measuring Progress Towards an Inclusive Green Economy". The report was released during the UNEP conference on "Measuring the Future We Want", held in Geneva, Switzerland in early December 2012. The conference brought together international organizations, governments, research institutes, NGOs, businesses and other groups interested in using indicators to support the development of green growth policies.

The OECD has released a report on sustainable materials management highlighting the benefits of a 'green' cradle-to-grave approach - from the extraction of raw materials, through design, production and consumer use. The report covers principles, targets, and policy instruments, as well as case studies on sustainable materials management. Additional information on OECD's Green Growth work can be found in their December newsletter.

GGGI has teamed up with the Brookings Institution on a research project that seeks to examine international mechanisms for green technology innovation in developing countries and propose options for an international architecture which would extend the pace and diffusion of technological innovation. In November 2012, GGGI and Brookings released a report on "Green Growth Innovation: New Pathways for International Cooperation".

The Green Growth Best Practices initiative (GGBP), an affiliated program of the GGKP, was launched in October 2012 and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of green growth planning and implementation internationally. It facilitates peer learning by compiling, analyzing, and broadly disseminating best practices to governments, the private sector and civil society.

The World Bank has issued a new Policy Research Working Paper on "Investment Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty - Application to Climate Change". The paper summarizes the additional uncertainty that climate change brings to investment decision making; reviews the tools that are available to project climate change and assess and quantify the corresponding uncertainty; and summarizes existing decision-making methodologies that are able to deal with climate-related uncertainty, providing examples of applications. The paper is a product of the GGKP affiliated program on Data + Decision-Making Tools.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has published a series of green economy guidebooks. The three publications in the series cover green economy history, definitions and a guide to recent publications; green economy principles; and green economy policies and experience with national strategies.
GGGI and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics have launched a two-year research program on Green Growth and the New Industrial Revolution. The program aims to strengthen the analytical and empirical underpinnings of green growth in both developed and developing countries.

The Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has issued a guide on "Green growth: Implications for development planning". The guide aims to support national partners and policy makers in the green growth planning process by focusing on the key role of economics and economic tools. 

The OECD will host GGKP's second Annual Conference from 4-5 April, in Paris, France. The general purpose of the conference will be to focus on private sector implementation aspects of green growth in areas of mutual interest to advanced, emerging and developing countries.