There is nothing scintillatingly new in a recent report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, except that the world may be newly ready to listen to the report’s recommendations
Seven countries and eight research institutes including the World Resources Institute have in their new “Seizing the Global Opportunity” report, released recommendations in support of the business case for tackling climate change.
None of the recommendations of this esteemed group, including Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who two years ago created a ‘flagship’ project called The New Climate Economy as part of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, are all that new or novel. For years, different NGOs have been banging these same drums trying to make the business case for investing in clean energy and efficiency and decoupling from an oil-dependent economy.
Yet now, with a gaggle of important global meetings happening in the lead up to the COP21 summit in Paris this December, the group must believe that people and their governments as well as (crucially) corporations, are finally ready to listen and to act. Their full New Climate Economy report “Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and A Better Climate” is a result of an effort to assemble the best research and knowledge and has resulted in ten far-reaching recommendations .
“The New Climate Economy report underlines that...