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 economies attract international 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.
Investment Policy Forum
IISD hosts the annual Investment Policy Forum, the world's only yearly assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for developing economy officials.
Investment Treaty News
IISD publishes Investment Treaty News, a quarterly journal offering news and analysis on the impacts of investment law and policy for sustainable development.
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
The Energy Charter Treaty is a regional investment agreement in the energy sector that has grown into an obstacle to ambitious climate policies. IISD has consistently promoted a coordinated EU withdrawal from the outdated treaty, which the European Commission now has proposed, and is leading the way on creating a sustainable international energy investment landscape in Europe and beyond.
Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to optimize the financial benefits from mining.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
Credible and solution-oriented research, dialogue, and strategic advice for decision-makers about voluntary sustainability standards and other supportive initiatives.
Shifting G20 fossil fuel spending could install enough renewables to align with 1.5°C—new report
In 2022, G20 members spent USD 1.4 trillion to support fossil fuels and could raise an additional USD 1 trillion per year by establishing a carbon tax floor of USD 25–50/tCO2e. These funds could help solve some of the most pressing global issues, according to a new report released today.
Rishi Sunak Becomes the Wrong Kind of Climate Radical
It takes some astonishing mental gymnastics to believe that increasing production of fossil fuels is good for the climate. But that's the message British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is selling with his approval of 100 new North Sea oil and gas licenses.
EU's CBAM vs. the Paris Agreement: A response to Quick and Das
In a guest post, IISD's Aaron Cosbey writes: I am an unlikely defender of the EU’s CBAM, knowing full well its weaknesses and limitations. But in my opinion those faults do not include any of the arguments mustered against it by Reinhard Quick and Isha Das in their guest post “The EU’s CBAM-Regulation stands in contrast to fundamental EU-obligations under the Paris Agreement.”
Germany plans to keep funding new gas projects overseas despite pledge
Germany plans to support new gas projects overseas until 2025 in a potential breach of its commitment to end international fossil fuel financing. The government's export credit agency has released its draft policy for the provision of guarantees in the energy sector in what it described as an attempt to tie them to climate protection targets. The guidelines were expected to belatedly align the German agency's operations with a pledge made at Cop26 in Glasgow to end funding for coal, oil and gas projects overseas by the end of last year.
War in Ukraine Makes Just Transition on Energy More Urgent
Even in the midst of war, there is a struggle for Ukraine's energy future. It's one that international allies of Ukraine's social movements need to pay attention to, because states like the United States and United Kingdom, and international organizations like the European Union, will be influential in how that tussle turns out.
United We Leave or Divided We Stay? Why it’s time for the EU to speak with one voice regarding the Energy Charter Treaty
After a written procedure that was finalized on Friday July 7, the European Commission formally recommended a coordinated EU withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty. What does this mean for climate action?
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2023
From the role of trade in addressing the biodiversity crisis, this issue of the IISD Trade and Sustainability Review covers a range of policy issues at the intersection of trade and sustainable development.
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.