Green Economy

Following the decisions adopted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, priority was given to economic concepts which can bring grown and environmental protection into harmony and ultimately lead to a green economy. The aim is that societies worldwide will profit from the opportunities offered by growing markets for sustainable products and services. However, before the transformation to a green economy can succeed, this concept must become a guiding political and economic principle. To this end, tangible spheres of activity, targets and implementation strategies will need to be established. adelphi supports decision-makers in Germany and globally in this multifaceted work, advising on the development of political strategies for subsectors of the economy. We also develop new instruments, design tailored sets of measures and assist in their implementation.

  • The realisation of a green economy poses a challenge to all parts of society. Industrial economies can take a leading role in promoting this worldwide, ecologically-based modernisation of the economy. adelphi advises the German Federal Government in the development of appropriate policies, using their comprehensive knowledge of economic and political discourses on economy, also consulting on the process in which to embed these concepts into the broad framework of sustainable development. As the green economy serves as a model for Germany’s development policy, adelphi supports various implementing organisations by way of comprehensive analyses and measures for capacity building.

  • Sustainable innovation policies are key to ensuring competitiveness and a successful transition to a green economy. Governments and international stakeholders must therefore set up legal and political frameworks that allow businesses to develop green, market-ready products and services, alongside profit-yielding markets in which they can be sold. adelphi advises decision-makers at all stages of innovation development, taking into account the diversity of stakeholders involved in promoting sustainable innovation. We identify opportunities for modernisation and investment that arise as a result of ecologically-driven development of the German economy, formulating appropriate strategies for political and economic decision-makers.

  • Germany’s national sustainability strategy, effective as of 2002, has been continually adjusted ever since its inception. adelphi supervises these further developments on behalf of the German Federal Government, combining sustainability models alongside research into social debates, scientific developments and research concepts, then connecting them with the sustainability agenda and national sustainability strategies, especially in the context of development for international stakeholders.

  • Sustainable chemicals management means avoiding the use of hazardous substances and producing, using and disposing of them safely and without adverse consequences for people and the environment. adelphi supports decision-makers from the public and the private sector and other relevant stakeholders in creating a sound framework for the sustainable production and use of chemicals. We accompany national ministries and international organisations through research, advice and dialogue formats with the aim of developing a multilateral chemicals policy.

    Sustainable chemicals management is also an essential focus for all companies that work with hazardous substances or use them for manufacturing. adelphi offers analyses, consulting and training, especially in the promotion of sustainable supply chains and recycling in sectors such as textiles and leather. To this end, adelphi can draw on extensive experience with consultancy and cooperation projects in emerging and developing countries.