IGES Content Rankings 2021

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The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) produced a wide range of reports, events and web content in 2021. As a special feature at the start of 2022, we have compiled the most popular IGES content of the past year by category (Top 10 Most Downloaded Publications, Top 5 Most Viewed Webpages, Top 5 Most Viewed Videos, and Most Liked Tweet). These rankings capture the environmental happenings of 2021, and provide clues as to what might be trending in 2022.

For each of the ranking categories, the period of measurement was from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. Both newly published and updated content are included.

<<IGES Content Rankings 2021>>

<Top 10 Most Downloaded Publications>

Climate change-related datasets such as the List of Grid Emission Factors and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) database occupied the top four spots. Other top performers included reports on plastics and an IGES position paper on green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
1IGES List of Grid Emission Factors
2IGES NDC Database
3IGES CDM Investment Analysis Database
4IGES CDM Project Database
5Effective Plastic Waste Management in Sri Lanka
6Sustainable Living Beyond COVID-19: Capabilities, Collaboration, and Collective Action
7Optimistic Prospects for US Climate Policy in the Biden Administration
8Plastic Atlas Asia Edition: Facts and figures about the world of synthetic polymers
9A Sustainable COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Redesign: Principles and Applications of the Triple R Framework
10Comparative Study on Low Carbon City Development in China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea;

<Top 5 Most Viewed Webpages>

*Contains only News, Event and Special Pages that were launched or updated in 2021
The VLR (Voluntary Local Review) Lab, which collates progress reports on the SDGs by local governments around the world, topped the list, continuing to be one of IGES’ most popular webpages. There are plans to revamp the VLR Lab this year and make it available in Japanese as well.
1Online Voluntary Local Review (VLR) Lab    (Special Page)    
2Zero Carbon City International Forum    (Event)    
3Webinar on the CCET guideline series on intermediate municipal solid waste treatment technologies    (Event)    
4Earth Day 2021 - Webinar on Safe Closure and Rehabilitation of Municipal Solid Waste Dumpsites    (Event)    
5Online Workshop "Strengthening Capacity for Marine Debris Reduction and Waste Management in ASEAN Region through Knowledge Sharing on Marine Litter"    (Event)    

<Top 5 Most Viewed Videos>

Video archives of the Zero Carbon City International Forum held in March last year were the most popular, followed by videos related to the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). Given the recent agreement on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement at COP26, content related to carbon credits will likely continue to gain traction in 2022.
1Zero Carbon City International Forum: Day 1: Opening & Plenary Session 1;
2Zero Carbon City International Forum: Day 1: Plenary Session 2
3Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Article 6 of Paris Agreement
4Explainer video for “Joint Crediting Mechanism and Sustainable Development Goals Linkage Guidance”
5Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Article 6 of Paris Agreement (Full Version)    

<Most Liked Tweet>

On IGES’ English Twitter account (@IGES_EN), the Most Liked Tweet of 2021 was related to circular economy. This concept is likely to continue gaining momentum in 2022, as societies consider new business models in alignment with the Global Goals.
3 March 2021:
“We must transition to a #CircularEconomy. @PACEcircular, mentioned at the @wef @Kankyo_Jpn circular economy roundtable, has an Action Agenda to make this possible. IGES contributed insights to the Food, Electronics & Plastics elements of the Agenda.”