New Atlas of the Green Economy

We are proud to announce the publication today of the 1st Atlas of the Green Economy for the Francophonie. Conceived by the Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable (IFDD) and based in data from the recent 2018 GGEI, the Atlas evaluates the green economy performance of the 88 Francophonie members and observers. It includes profiles for each member and insight on how the diverse Francophonie network can promote green growth across borders in the future.
Access the Atlas by clicking here.

Some key takeaways for the four Francophonie regions include:

– Economies in Francophonie Africa generally have much lower (better) values for emissions per unit of GDP and emissions per capita. But this could worsen as economic development accelerates. Francophonie Africa have some of the lowest environmental performance in the Francophonie.

– The majority of countries in Francophonie Europe are reducing the emission intensity of their economies, but not rapidly enough to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degree Celsius. Energy efficiency improvements across all sectors will be critical to accelerating the pace of these improvements. Also, market strengths around topics like green innovation and corporate sustainability are limited to just a few countries in Francophonie Europe. 

– Canada has one of the lowest climate change performance results in Francophonie Americas and globally. Uneven provincial commitments to emission reductions and the lack of a coherent national approach continue to impede progress.

– Most island economies have a very low contribution of renewable energy to electricity production. Increasing the share of renewable energy would improve resilience against natural disasters amplified by climate change, as well as energy security.

– Many countries in Francophonie Asia Pacific/Middle East with some of the highest GDP growth rates in the world also rank poorly on topics like air quality and forests that are vital to economic, environmental and social wellbeing. Most countries with large reserves of fossil fuels have almost no contribution of renewable energy to electricity production.

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