Workshop: Green Growth workshop series

Measuring green and inclusive growth

5 July 2021

4 minute read

Key Learning

  • Doughnut Economics proposes a social foundation that we cannot fall below and an ecological ceiling that should not be exceeded if we are going to create an ecologically safe and socially just space for healthy people and a healthy planet. Since Kate Raworth’s development of the original doughnut model, places around the world have looked at using the model as a guide for sustainable economic development
  • The doughnut is an overarching approach sets out goals within environmental limits but does not in itself dictate how trade-offs are made between economic, social and environmental objectives. That is for local places to determine, given the analysis of the doughnut what they are comfortable with or how it translates into a place’s short- and long-term agendas.
  • The doughnut can be used for both internal monitoring and external communication of a place’s goals.
  • Metrics needed to underpin each section of the doughnut. Each place will need to assess what is appropriate based on how they are going to use the model. An internal tracker with frequent data releases? A decision-making tool for all council decisions? A communication tool to the public to communicate priorities that just needs annual publicly available data to underpin it? All three?
  • Most local or combined authorities will not have many of the levers to deliver the objectives of the doughnut, but that’s okay. Important to put agenda on the table even if local leaders don’t hold all the levers. Helpful to show government where the problems remain to help inspire action and shows a responsiveness and braveness in place leadership to tackle the big issues. Call to action can inspire other stakeholders to get onboard.

Key lessons from Amsterdam:

  • Co-creation across different departments (including cross-accounting of budgets) is vital to break down silos in city planning, Amsterdam brought multi-disciplinary change makers together across sectors, departments and specialisms to design a holistic strategy combining social, economic and environmental targets. It mapped all existing city targets against the doughnut framework to understand where the city was as a whole.
  • City planners across departments and sectors were able to find synergies - "How can a strategy about housing have positive impacts on health, education, climate, air pollution or even gender equality?"
  • City stakeholders were brought into a conversation about how they could contribute to the shared vision: "How does your organisation contribute towards the vision of a circular Amsterdam within the Doughnut?"
  • A holistic strategy was then developed across three key value chains, with 200 aligning citywide projects:
    -Food & Biomass ‘promote short food chains’
    -Consumer Goods ‘city reduces its consumption of goods’
    -Construction ‘circular and socially responsible criteria for construction’

Outstanding questions

  • What is the working/common definition of green skills and green jobs? - CPP investigating/upcoming IGN workshop on theme



  • Presentation from Ilektra Kouloumpi, Senior Strategist, Circle Economy [link]