Thursday, May 14, 2009

How Green is Our Recovery?

The economic recovery packages put forward by many countries spend lots of money, but a key question is whether the packages will have a beneficial impact on greening the global economy. Although few contain adequate detail for full assessment, some are likely beneficial and some are actually counterproductive in moving the world toward a low carbon economy. A study commissioned byE3G and WWF and prepared by Germanwatch and Ecofys on the climate friendliness of recovery packages provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the proposed ’stimulus’ packages of five key countries - France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US - as well as examining the package agreed by the European Union as a whole. The economic/climate recovery score cards created as part of the study are available on the following websites:

E3G: http://www.e3g.org/index.php/programmes/climate-articles/new-e3g-wwf-report-economic-climate-recovery-scorecards/

WWF: http://www.panda.org/wwf_news/?161202/High-carbon-stimulus-not-G20s-way-to-a-sustainable-financial-future

Germanwatch: www.germanwatch.org/klima/score09.pdf

Ecofys: http://ecofys.com/com/publications/reports_books.asp (supplementary material available on Ecofys website)

 

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