Global Green Growth Institute

Founding Year: 2010

Staff: 240

Budget: ~$44m

Frank Rijsberman (Director General)

Seeks integration of economic growth and environmental sustainability, seen as essential for the future of humankind. Promotes a new model of economic growth known as “green growth,” that simultaneously targets key aspects of economic performance, such as poverty reduction, job creation and social inclusion, and those of environmental sustainability, such as mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss and security of access to clean energy and water. The 25+ country programs conduct 56 projects in developing countries, growing out of the green growth experience of the Republic of Korea.

Thematic Areas:

  • Water and Sanitation – Works to address issues impacting water availability and use by encouraging water-related innovation in industries and investment in green urban infrastructure, and through integration with policies on water allocation in economic sectors.
  • Sustainable Landscapes – Centers on sustaining healthy and functioning forests, agrarian landscapes, waterways, coastal and marine ecosystems. Forests, soils, wetlands (including peatlands and mangroves) as well as marine systems are natural assets or natural capital which are interconnected and provide services which are of significant value to sustaining local and global economies.
  • Sustainable Energy – Works with governments and private partners to transform energy markets, scale-up green investment, and achieve efficient use of energy resources across economic sectors.
  • Cross Cutting – Envisions a resilient world achieved through strong, inclusive and sustainable green growth. As such, our work, leadership, and projects cut across typical domains.
  • Green Cities – Supports an integrated and cross-sectoral approach and responds to local, national, and global needs and commitments, through its five priority areas, namely:
    • Mainstreaming green growth into urban planning and management;
    • Resource efficient and low carbon cities;
    • Solid waste management: managing waste as resource;
    • Decentralized sanitation and wastewater solutions;
    • Sustainable transportation and mobility: connected and healthy cities.


  • Climate Action Planning and Support – Works to address climate change by supporting Member and partner countries to accelerate the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, while simultaneously achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their national green growth targets.
  • Investment Services – Sees helping developing countries access finance as a foremost priority, especially after the ratification of the Paris Agreement where countries have committed to implement their lower carbon development targets, in addition to meeting their Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Safeguards – Brings together national green growth plans, thematic strategies and innovative finance in contribution to poverty reduction (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), and reduced inequalities (SDG 10) and works together with partners to support shared metrics for a just transition to inclusive green growth.
  • Strategic Research – Green growth is about quality and sustenance of growth, and is a pathway to sustainable development. As such, it is necessary that green growth interventions are able to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) aspirations with strong national context.
  • Tools and Indicators – Systematically comparing different countries and assessing different sectors within a country can help to identify opportunities for green growth. Quantitative tools such as indicators and benchmarks are essential for such an analysis and make green growth possible.


  • News portal
  • Press releases
  • Annual reports and evaluations
  • A library of reports, country assessments, project reports, sector reports, etc.
    • Green Cities Development: A Training Manual (2019, 56p.) Provides a comprehensive set of development training materials, in order to share knowledge and experiences of the GGGI urban priority areas through its global/regional/national capacity building programs.
    • Green Growth to Achieve the Paris Agreement (2019, 50p.) This report looks into the renewable energy transformation that has begun and is based on the premise that all forms of renewable energy are now—or will soon be—cheaper than fossil fuels. In 2017, renewables produced 165 GW of electricity—more than double the year before. Deep decarbonization will require targeting 100% of the renewables in the energy mix: focusing on massive electrification of transportation, electrifying heating and cooling through heat pumps, scaling up energy efficiency efforts, and reversing deforestation and unsustainable biomass use to achieve carbon sequestration in sustainable landscapes. It will also require engaging all stakeholders, including national and city governments, institutional investors, private sector energy users and producers, and civil society.



Global Green Growth Institute contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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