PAGE Releases a Practitioner's Guide to Green Industrial Policy

Geneva, 19 July 2016 - PAGE developed this guide to provide practical advice on the evolving concept of Strategic Green Industrial Policy (SGIP) for policy practitioners. The guide details tools that can be applied to what some industrial policymakers may consider to be relatively under-explored territory. And indeed, some of the changes required for a transition to a green economy imply significant restructuring (if not disruption of technological paths). However, this guide also aims to ease this transition by providing detailed guidance, highlighting a number of changes that are relatively easy to implement.

The guide draws on tools and methodologies from disciplines such as industrial ecology and ecological economics, with other tools rooted in systems thinking, theory of change, or other fields of research and practice.

Any transformation of a country's industrial sectors has to be based on a holistic and coherent strategy, aimed at an overall transformation of markets and consumer behaviour by replacing resource intensive production, as well as consumption patterns with more resource efficient ones. Thus, greening will require multiple interventions to be developed and agreed upon by affected stakeholders. Hence, this guide aims to provide decision makers with the necessary tools and information to steer through this very necessary transition, and develop a SGIP that reflects their country's own unique ecological, economic and social context as well as aspirations.

In addition to the Practitioner's Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy a Supplement has been developed to provide more detail on several tools and categories of assessment that are useful for developing SGIP.

Read the Practitioner's Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy, and the Supplement Guide