Publications and resources

9 November 2015

International Trade in Resources: A Biophysical Assessment – UNEP – October 2015

This report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s International Resource Panel analyses the role of international trade in increasing resource efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and promoting equitable and inclusive growth. Through a review of updated data and existing literature, the assessment examines the rapid growth and pattern changes of resource trade and the upstream resource requirements of traded commodities including materials, land, energy, and water.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1GnFK3F

Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Progress – OECD – October 2015

This report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reviews trends and progress on climate change mitigation policies in its member countries and 10 partner economies – Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and South Africa – as well as in the EU. For each, the report covers mitigation targets and goals, carbon pricing instruments, and key domestic policy settings in certain areas. 

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1MRKHTL

The Financial System We need – UNEP – October 2015

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published the findings of an inquiry geared towards understanding how to shape a financial system more fit for purpose for an inclusive, green economy. The report looks at practical examples of policy changes in banking, capital markets, insurance and institutional investment, and draws on detailed work undertaken in certain key countries. It also includes a “Framework for Action” to demonstrate how a systemic approach to reform can be taken at both national and international levels.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1LDmtO4

OECD Review of Fisheries: Policies and Summary Statistics 2015 – OECD – October 2015

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Review of Fisheries provides information on policies and activities in the fishing and aquaculture sectors of OECD countries and participating economies for the period 2012-13. The report includes two-page snapshots with country summary statistics and key developments.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1GhQhxj

Implementing Effective Carbon Pricing – The Global Commission on Economy and Climate – October 2015

This working paper by the New Climate Economy steered by the Global Commission on Economy and Climate begins by looking at the strong momentum for carbon pricing around the world, including growing support from the private sector. It then examines the benefits of carbon pricing, and explains what is needed for successful implementation, drawing on lessons from different countries. Finally, it discusses how to advance international cooperation on carbon pricing, with particular attention to G20 members.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1PkvX0c

Climate Finance in 2013-14 and the USD 100 Billion Goal – OECD, CPI – October 2015

Released in advance of the pivotal UN climate summit due to take place at the beginning of September, this report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) provides an estimate of the public and private climate finance mobilised by developed countries towards a 2009 pledge to increase climate funds to US$100 billion per year, finding that a total of US$62 billion was mobilised in 2014. The report builds on other recent international efforts to improve the tracking of climate finance, including, by the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1QZLalz

Trade and Development Report 2015: Making the International Financial Architecture Work for Development – UNCTAD – October 2015

The report published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reviews recent trends in the global economy and focuses on ways to reform the international financial architecture. The report calls for a bolder economic policy agenda that will serve the needs of both developed and developing countries by reviving the global economy, regaining financial stability, and promoting productive investment.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1Lv5Rbf

Carbon Leakage Myth Buster – Carbon Market Watch – October 2015

The ongoing legislative process to revise EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) policies for the post-2020 period provides an opportunity to revisit the rules under which industrial sectors may be deemed at risk of “carbon leakage,” a theoretical phenomenon whereby industries may relocate in a globalised economy to jurisdictions with less stringent climate policies, taken emissions output with them. This policy brief by Carbon Market Watch sheds light on the so-called “myths” of carbon leakage and gives recommendations on how to change the EU’s current rules.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1MRRlt4

Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015 – IEA – October 2015

The Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) assesses these trends in the electricity, transport, and heat sectors in key countries, identifying drivers and challenges to deployment, and making projections through to 2020. It also assesses the potential impacts of enhanced policy actions under an accelerated case for renewable power, which would put the world more firmly on a path towards a sustainable and secure energy system.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1Km80ib

Investment Needs to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding the Billions and Trillions – SDSN – September 2015

This paper by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) proposes an analytical framework that translates the 17 SDGs into eleven investment areas. It also integrates investment needs for climate change adaptation and mitigation with the development priorities for each investment area. Estimates for private financing are also provided for each area. The paper then explores the implications of economy-wide studies on synergies and trade-offs in financing the SDGs and outlines priorities and directions for future research.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1M6MBvB

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