The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies have the pleasure of inviting you to a virtual seminar:

(Green) growth for good: Is it possible and how to achieve it? 

Monday, 26 September 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CET – via Zoom 

Register here

As the fossil-fuel-driven global economy drives climate change and catastrophic environmental events, a debate is gaining momentum regarding whether the paradigm of economic growth must be abandoned to ultimately preserve our planet. The argument goes that our industrial mode of production has led the world close to a climate change tipping point, and the compulsive pursuit of economic growth inherent to capitalism is thus inextricably linked to environmental degradation.

Against this backdrop, Alessio Terzi published a book aimed at clearing up misconceptions within the degrowth movement and reconciling the capitalist growth paradigm with an economy that is just and respects environmental boundaries.

Alessio Terzi
Alessio Terzi

Alessio Terzi is an economist at the European Commission and a lecturer at Sciences Po Lille. Prior to this, he was a Fellow at Bruegel, a leading European think-tank, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jonathan Barth will join Alessio Terzi to discuss these ideas and policy implications critically. He is the policy director of the ZOE Institute and an expert on the economics of the green transition. He recently advocated for a new consensus between green growth and degrowth proponents.

Jonathan Barth
Jonathan Barth

Is economic decoupling possible? Can innovation and technology be pathways towards a carbon net-zero future? Is it possible to reshape capitalism and guarantee prosperity for all within the limits of our planetary boundaries?

These are some of the questions that we look forward to discussing with our panellists.


Alessio Terzi, European Commission and Sciences Po Lille, author of Growth for Good – Reshaping Capitalism to Save Humanity from Climate Catastrophe

Jonathan Barth, Policy Director at ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies


Katharina Gnath, Senior Project Manager, Europe’s Future Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung

About the authors

Lucas Resende Carvalho is a Junior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in the Europe’s Future Program.

Katharina Gnath is Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. She is an expert on European and international economic governance and is in charge of the foundation’s work on the European economy. 

Daniel Posch is a Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He deals with various topics of economic and innovation policy to foster the green transformation.