“Green government” operations are operations that minimize an entity’s environmental impact, including its energy use, water use, waste and pollution generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, “climate tech” includes technologies that are used to address climate change. While government entities across the world face tight budgets, smart investments can reduce operational costs and demonstrate how to implement climate-friendly, green activities.
Climate change is perhaps the most important issue facing our planet today. It is an existential threat facing every single city and country without discrimination. Governments have a twofold responsibility here. First, they must wield their power to drive change across society, providing incentives and deterrents that can help citizens change habits and assets to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Second, governments must demonstrate these societal changes and lead by example to inspire other businesses industries. Often in today’s world, this approach includes public investments in tech solutions to help solve climate problems. The changes provide a healthy model for citizens to emulate and may encourage them to change some of their own wasteful habits at home.
Green government solutions are at the forefront of strategic discussions in 2023, particularly in the Middle East. The annual UN climate change conference took place in Egypt in late 2022 and will happen in the UAE in late 2023. In fact, to capitalize on the global spotlight, as well as emphasize the importance of inspiring collective action towards a more prosperous future, the UAE has officially named 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability”.
Many of the most effective green government and climate tech initiatives are small, simple changes that can easily be implemented. Municipal leaders need not wait for additional budget allocations or silver bullet contraptions to make headway against climate change.
Other green government and climate tech initiatives are more innovative and require more resources. This report will focus on these more ambitious projects and 21 different case studies are presented from different corners of the world, showcasing the variety of approaches different national and local governments are taking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as find new business opportunities for both private and public sector partners. This report does not endorse any specific government strategy but instead analyzes them to help different public sector entities evaluate which might be the most applicable in their specific circumstances.