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All Greening the Economy Content

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

Coal contributes more to climate change than any other energy source. It is therefore of utmost importance that the world finds ways by which to tame King Coal, especially as international climate negotiations get underway in Paris later this month. The Coal Atlas - a joint publication by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Friends of the Earth International - highlights new facts and figures on the state of the global coal industry. 

The transformation of economic growth towards a lower dependency on fossil fuels and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is essential for the feasibility of a successful global climate strategy. A study by DIW Econ.

An international delegation of energy experts, policy makers and media from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and South Africa visited Washington DC, Pennsylvania and New York on September 7-12, to witness fracking’s effect on local economies in the US as the discussion on fracking heats up in their respective countries.


The willingness to make the switch to sustainable economic activity exists in companies and society, but the framework is missing: the case for green "Ordoliberalism."

As conventional oil reserves decline, international oil companies are increasingly turning their attention towards unconventional oils. Armsfree Ajanaku travelled to Ondo state communities situated along the bitumen belt of Nigeria to try and understand the people’s perception about the bitumen under their feet and their aspiration for development. He describes his experience in an article published through our partner office in Nigeria.

How can we change the patterns of growth away from growing at the expense of ecosystems to a new paradigm based on growth with nature? Our Co-President, Ralf Fuecks delves into the issue with his newly published book, Green Growth, Smart Growth – A New Approach to Economics, Innovation and the Environment. We spoke with him during his U.S. speaking tour in April 2015.


Natural resources should be a major contributor to development in some of the countries that need it most. And yet, in some of world’s poorest and most fragile states, they bring just the opposite.


Lili Fuhr and Niclas Hällström sharply criticize climate-change goals that are based on risky or underdeveloped technologies.

How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.


At least 29 major companies, including oil producers, are basing their internal planning on the assumption that climate policies will be reality as soon as 2020. Do governments share this expectation?

Shale gas development continues to cause a heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic with the industry touting the increasing number of jobs within the sector, as well as lower CO2 emissions in comparison to coal and oil. Although both seem to be good news for US and EU policy makers and civil society, such arguments are often exaggerated and do not reflect less promising economic and environmental realities.

The value of nature and its “services” should not only be cherished and given greater visibility as elements of the economy, but should be assigned a monetary value in order to protect them.

The way in which we produce and consume meat affects many aspects of our lives and our environment: health, animal protection, food safety, agriculture, trade, environment and climate impacts are only some of these dimensions. Our new publication, the Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.

The German PV industry finds itself faced by rock-bottom Chinese prices, a flooded market, and dwindling incentives across the EU that have cast much of the branch into an existential crisis. Paul Hockenos looks at how Germany’s remaining PV industry can reinvent itself. It did this once – to win its place in the sun – but can it do it again?

After Rio+20, the proposed post-2015 framework needs to learn from the shortcomings of the MDG-process and merge care economy and green economy approaches to advance and finance truly gender-equitable sustainable development

The Stadtwerke Schwaebisch Hall, a community-owned utility has been showered with prizes and distinctions for its progressive energy policies. Most recently, the old mark town of Schweabisch Hall, which has a population of 37,000, was named Germany's "energy municipality of the year."


The German Energiewende shows that the current German electricity system can easily cope with 25 percent renewables. But exceeding these 25 percent will be a crossroad, as now event the strongest proponents of the Energiewende agree that Germany needs to reform its energy system to accommodate for the next influx of renewables.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013, launched on July 10th in Brussels, debunks the myth that the world is seeing a nuclear renaissance.Two years after Fukushima, global nuclear power generation continues to decline.

In his book Smart Growth: the Green Revolution, Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation argues that while the calls for the end of growth are not realistic there is a possibility to follow a growth pathway that goes hand-in-hand with ecological sustainability.

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The financial crisis, climate change, scarce resources and social injustice all point to the same conclusion that societies need to reevaluate how to grow in a more sustainable manner. Efficient, low-carbon technologies and intelligent material cycles can spur important shifts in our energy production, transportation and urban development that will secure the prosperity of the global population while conserving our natural resources. We provide a strategic vision on how societies can challenge conservative theories on economic growth and instead embark on a path of smart green growth.