Trade and investment tools for a low carbon future

Volume
9,
Number
6
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20 July 2015
20 July 2015
In September, world leaders are expected to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, geared towards ushering in a new set of sustainable development priorities for governments, civil society, and business. Moving to a more sustainable energy mix is a part of this new growth paradigm and, at the same...
20 July 2015
How to meet future energy demand sustainably? And what role can trade play in meeting this challenge? Energy is essential for development. Due to its importance, energy is one of the proposed sustainable development goals (Goal 7), a new framework for global policy aims scheduled to be adopted as...
20 July 2015
What policy restrictions are in place on international clean energy trade and investment in clean energy? What should be done about these? Investment in clean energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and wind turbines needs to be scaled up in the coming decades to meet the global...
20 July 2015
What do WTO rules have to say about energy subsidies? Some estimates suggest that fossil fuel production and consumption subsidies average between US$400-600 billion annually worldwide while renewable energy (RE) subsidies amounted to US$66 billion in 2010 and are predicted to rise to US$250...
20 July 2015
The “Africa rising” cliché has generated a lot of views across the world. In the face of climate change, however, can Africa continue to grow? Africa’s steady GDP growth sustained for over the last 10 years has generated significant positive reviews. African GDP has grown at about six percent per...
20 July 2015
UN members have agreed to updated development finance rules that reflect changes in international cooperation over the last decade. Countries meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have agreed to a revised global framework for development finance, aligning flows with a range of economic, social, and...
20 July 2015
The EU plans to introduce new rules governing its carbon market to come into effect at the end of the decade. The European Commission has presented a much-anticipated legislative proposal geared towards revising the 28-nation bloc’s carbon market for the post-2020 period in order to help meet its...
20 July 2015
EU on track to meet renewable energy target In a bi-annual renewable energy progress report released on 16 June the European Commission found that 25 of the bloc’s 28 member states are expected to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets. With a projected share of 15.3 percent of...
20 July 2015
Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency – UNECE – March 2015 This new publication from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) sets out examples of existing energy efficiency policies. The policies identified include best practices from around the globe. It presents...