Publications and resources

3 November 2014

Improving Access to International Climate Finance within Sub-Saharan Africa – ODI – September 2014

This paper, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), looks at how countries in sub-Saharan Africa access international public funding to secure public policy goals such as dealing with the impacts of climate change. The author focuses on the concept of direct access funding, which originates from multilateral sources, and considers how access to procedures might be improved.

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1rrHGKu

Living Planet Report 2014 – WWF – September 2014

This report by the WWF deploys a series of indicators to assess the health of the environment and impact of human activity. Adopting a natural capital approach, the report also offers a series of case studies presenting win-win solutions for conservation and the economy, within the parameters of equitable and sustainable development.

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1wfLs1j 

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 – CBD, UNEP – October 2014

This report, the fourth edition of the flagship series by the Convention on Biology Diversity (CBD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), summarises the latest data and trends on biodiversity. Released at the latest Conference of the Parties to the CBD, the publication is designed to help governments take stock implementation of the agreed-upon Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The evidence presented suggests that while progress has been made in some areas, others require much greater attention moving forward.  

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1rnaMeN

How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy – WFC – September 2014

This policy handbook, published by the World Future Council (WFC), suggests that achieving 100 percent renewable energy is both financially and economically feasible. Drawing findings from the various case studies, the handbook is geared towards encouraging a scale-up in policies that drive renewable energy diffusion, and stresses the importance of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders.

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1nAf3PR   

Green Industrial Policy: Managing Transformation Under Uncertainty – DIE – October 2014

This discussion paper by Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), or the German Development Institute, explains the theory behind green industrial policy and compares it with conventional industrial policy to highlight the challenges the former is facing and measures to be taken to overcome these. The paper draws lessons from case studies examining where government intervention for sustainable objectives has been successfully deployed as well as where it has failed.

This paper can be accessed at http://bit.ly/ZJ3haq  

Governing the Transition Away from Fossil Fuels: The Role of International Institutions – SEI – October 2014

This paper published by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) analyses the role of international institutions in governing a shift away from fossil fuels. It provides an overview of existing how institutions govern fossil fuel extraction and the crossovers between various governance approaches. The author then examines the potential role some of these institutions could play in helping the world move away from dependence on fossil fuels, including options such as addressing supply side drivers, notably within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the WTO.

This paper can be accessed at http://bit.ly/ZOYgh6  

An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity – CBD – October 2014

This review, published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), provides an overview of the latest research on ocean acidification. Based on available data, the report concludes that while the world’s waters have acidified before, current changes are happening much faster than at any other time in the past 66 million years. Using modelling research, the report outlines the possible impacts of ocean acidification, suggesting that the ecological and financial cost of current trends could run to the tune of nearly US$1 trillion per year by the end of this century.

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1DBuqLY

Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Financial Impact of the Low-Carbon Transition – CPI – October 2014

This report by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), compares the costs of low-carbon electricity and low-carbon transportation systems with existing systems in order to assess the impacts of a potential transition. The paper looks at the investment required to make this shift and how the financial system might respond.  The authors consider potential gains and losses while arguing that switching to low-carbon use has substantial financial benefits depending on policy choices. For example, certain approaches could result in an increase in the capacity of the global financial system by as much as US$1.8 trillion between 2015 and 2035.  

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1z1ueFP

Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Impact of Different Policy Pathways on Fossil Fuel Asset Values – CPI – October 2014

This report, published by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), explains the risk of losses in the financial value of existing fossil fuel assets, as countries make the switch to low-carbon consumption to address climate change. Using regional and global economic models for each fossil fuel industry, the authors examine the distribution of cost between governments and investors and among various countries regarding these stranded assets, evaluating the risks based on different policy scenarios.

This report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1uOqvEU

International Energy Governance – Edward Elgar – Forthcoming 2015

This book, authored by Rafael Leal-Arcas, Andrew Filis, and Ehab S. Abu Gosh, focuses on selected legal issues related international energy governance. The authors argue that existing international legal structures are not well equipped to handle energy policy issues due to its fragmented and multi-layered nature. Several chapters in the book focus specifically on areas where greater cooperation is needed, namely, energy and trade, as well as trade, environment, and energy.

The book can be accessed ordered at http://bit.ly/1t84nsy

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