A cleaner and more equitable world will deliver real benefits for people and the planet. But everyone is not on a level playing field at the moment. And the pandemic has made things worse.
COVID-19 has shown how corrosive inequality is and how urgently we need to build more sustainable and inclusive economies. No country is immune.
IISD draws on three decades of international expertise to propose economic pathways that set the world on a sustainable trajectory.
Investment Law & Policy
How can we ensure developing countries attract the sort of investment that promotes sustainable development?
Depending on how trade policy is designed and implemented, it can either advance or be a hindrance to sustainable, low-carbon development.
Standards and Value Chains
Voluntary sustainability standards contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and gender equality.
Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The world’s only global assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for government officials from developing and emerging economies.
Investment Treaty News
Investment Treaty News (ITN) has offered news, analysis and opinions on international investment law and its implications for sustainable development. The service began as a list-serve where information and views were shared among members, before becoming an electronic newsletter produced by a small editorial team.
The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi)
IISD developed the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) to demonstrate to governments, investors and citizens why sustainable assets can deliver better value for money and more attractive internal rates of return.
The Energy Charter Treaty
IISD has been actively engaging with governments, civil society, academia, legal experts, and other stakeholders in how to address the many difficulties posted by the Energy Charter Treaty.
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build and administer robust mining tax systems.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
An international transparency and capacity-building project aimed at improving strategic planning and sustainable development outcomes related to voluntary sustainable standards.
Rich countries to ramp up fossil fuels despite net-zero pledges, says UN
Countries' promises to ditch their dirty habits are far from reality. They're globally projecting to produce twice as much fossil fuels by 2030 than the limit needed to keep global warming below 1.5ºC, according to a UN report released on Wednesday.
Big fossil fuel producers' plans far exceed climate targets, U.N. says
Major economies will produce more than double the amount of coal, oil and gas in 2030 than is consistent with meeting climate goals set in the 2015 Paris accord to curb global warming, the United Nations and researchers said on Wednesday.
Lab-grown coffee: Why it's good for planet Earth, but not so for farmers in Ethiopia
Scientists in Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre are developing coffee from cell cultures in a laboratory and say that it has a much lesser climatic impact than regular coffee. The 'eco-friendly' coffee may get regulatory approval in the US and Europe in four years, paving the way for commercialisation of the product.
How natural gas could thwart or support India's renewables progress
As India builds more supply infrastructure and power generation capacity for natural gas, experts say its use must be limited to that of a 'transition fuel' from coal to renewable energy.
The Production Gap
The report measures the gap between governments' planned fossil fuel production and the global production levels consistent with the Paris Agreement.
The Campaign To Limit Fossil Fuel Supplies
With international climate negotiations (COP26) set to get underway in roughly two weeks, there is growing momentum to speed up the energy transition.
Canada won't stop Crown corporations from investing in fossil fuels any time soon. Here's why
The federal government has no plans to immediately stop Crown corporations from financing fossil fuel companies, but it's not ruling out pushing them to reduce those supports more quickly, says Canada's environment minister.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
Sustainable finance has gained considerable traction in recent years, becoming a significant trend in the financial industry.
Infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development and a powerful driver of economic activity.
Government purchasing power should be leveraged towards buying the most sustainable goods, services, and works.
By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.