New Decade...New Approach? Getting to a global green breakthrough in the 2020s.
Since 2010, we have been polling experts like you on your perceptions of country performance in the green economy space through the Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI). As the 10th anniversary edition of the GGEI will publish later this year, we wanted to ask you today for your input about where we have been over the past decade and where we want to go in the 2020s.
The survey below takes 10 minutes or less to complete. All responses are anonymous. Most of the questions require one selection. Try to make the selection that you think best answers the question, or, if you strongly believe there is another best answer, describe what it is in the "Other" field. If you have no idea, skip to the next one (a response to every question is not required). For the questions with a "fill in the blank" response, please share as much information as possible.
We will publish a summary report with the results from this effort. Enter your e-mail at the end of the survey if you would like to be among the first to receive these results.
This effort and the related Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI) are published by Dual Citizen LLC, a U.S. - based consulting firm. More information about the practice can be found at
Which country do you consider to be your primary residence?
How would you describe the sector within which you are employed
One of the most notable achievements of the past decade was the signing of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Yet progress towards the Paris emission reduction goals has been limited and even backsliding. You attribute this to:
It was never binding in the first place so countries aren't taking it seriously
Developing countries were given too much leeway in the timing of their peak emissions
Governments are limited in how much they can really transform domestic energy systems
Developed countries aren't stepping up with sufficient ambition and financing
Donald Trump has expressed the intention to withdraw the United States from the agreement
Another notable trend of the past decade was the growing public awareness and concern about the negative impacts of climate change. You attribute this to:
Record-setting temperatures in many years of the decade
Highly publicized severe weather events like floods, fires and drought
Leadership from politicians, activists and other public figures
Realization of the economic impacts of climate change
Scientific evidence of the human role in global climate change, biodiversity and deforestation
Despite these shifts in awareness, investment in, subsidies for and exploration of fossil fuels also expanded in the 2010s. You attribute this to:
The strength of the fossil fuel lobby in different countries to preserve their market share
A desire to maximize fossil fuel - related profits in the short-term
Fossil fuels still being viewed as yielding a more stable return on investment when compared to renewables
Too much policy uncertainty around clean energy - stick with what you know
Grid and other infrastructure built around fossil fuels - shifting to renewable energy is much more costly than proponents care to admit
Many different actors affect debate and action around reorienting the global economy to a more sustainable pathway. Which of the following has been most effective in realizing progress over the past decade:
Market-based mechanisms like carbon tax
Grassroots pressure from NGOs and local communities
Sub-national action from cities, provinces/states and companies
Regulation from national governments
Investors putting green criteria on companies as a condition for investment
If you were to describe the one development from the past decade that has had the greatest impact on realizing tangible green progress, it would be:
Looking forward to the 2020s, what approach best summarizes your sentiment about how to accelerate global action and results on climate change and green economic growth:
Keep pushing for gradual, incremental change through global institutions like the UNFCCC
Only radical change coming from the grassroots will actually address the scale of the problem
Technology innovation can greatly improve the situation
Placing climate risk at the center of economic decision-making will drastically shift the debate
All the focus should be on China and India and significantly reducing their emissions
From the perspective of governments, which of the following would be most useful to accelerate green progress in the next decade:
More capacity building from international organizations
New technologies that make climate mitigation significantly cheaper
Greater financing for climate change adaptation
Pressure from voters/citizens to address climate change
Peer pressure from other countries through the UNFCCC and other international bodies
From the perspective of investors, which of the following would be most useful to accelerate green progress in the next decade:
Global asset managers dropping coal-producers from funds
Phase out of coal-producers by state-backed enterprises in China and India
Spike in climate risk associated with fossil fuel investments or bursting of a "carbon bubble"
Communication of sustainability metrics through investor calls, not only sustainability reports
Standardization of ESG measurement criteria
From the perspective of companies, which of the following would be most useful to accelerate green progress in the next decade:
Fully integrating ESG metrics to financial reporting
Carbon-intensive industries setting emission reduction targets aligned with a 1.5C pathway
Pressure from investors to greatly reduce climate footprint
Pressure from customers and/or employees through boycotts, strikes and other forms of activism
Economic incentives from government to reduce climate footprint
From the perspective of citizens, which of the following would be most useful to accelerate green progress in the next decade:
Peer pressure from neighbors to reduce carbon footprint
Education about how individuals can take action and organize
Making climate change more emotional and something people feel will impact them
Resolving cognitive dissonance between concern and day-to-day actions
New framing of climate action that doesn't conflict with cultural identity
What other new ideas, issue framing, innovations or other developments do you think would be useful to accelerate green progress in the next decade?
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