Publications and resources

1 December 2015

Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime – CEPR, FERDI – November 2015

Published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and la Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI), this eBook looks at what needs to be done to build a climate regime that is both workable and effective, in the context of new planned arrangements such as individual national climate action plans. Although a host of nations have outlined planned abatement efforts between 2020-2030, these are likely not to add up to enough aggregate effort to sufficiently tackle climate change or fully decarbonise the global economy, a challenge the new regime must address. 

The eBook can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1Mmyjt8

The Economic Consequences of Climate Change – OECD – November 2015

This report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a global quantitative assessment of the direct and indirect economic consequences of climate change. Through a modelling framework it analyses a number of climate change impacts and links them to consequences to economic growth through to 2060 and beyond. The model suggests that in a scenario where no emissions are abated market damages from selected climate impacts could gradually increase over time and rise faster than global economic activity.

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

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Fisheries and Aquaculture – FAO – November 2015

Over the past decades the concept of climate vulnerability has emerged as a key issue in the development debate, with its multiple interpretations, scales, and fields of application enabling new insights into its causes and consequences, but also calling for more clarification and guidance. This report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) provides an overview of climate vulnerability assessment concepts, analysing how different methodologies have been applied in the context of fisheries and aquaculture.

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

Assessing the Post-2020 Clean Energy Landscape – WRI – November 2015

This report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) looks at intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) from eight of the ten largest greenhouse gas emitters – Brazil, China, the EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and the US – and finds that if fully implemented these would lead to a doubling of cumulative clean energy supply by 2030 compared to a 2009 baseline. These renewable energy levels will be 17 percent higher in 2030 than previously projected growth rates.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1PryPd9                                                                                                

World Energy Outlook 2015 – IEA – November 2015

The World Energy Outlook 2015 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) presents updated projections for the global energy system through to 2040, based on latest data and market developments, as well as detailed insights on the prospects for fossil fuels, renewables, the power sector, and energy efficiency. It also presents trends in carbon dioxide emissions alongside fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies. Findings suggest that a new framework for multilateral climate action must try to secure progressively stronger climate commitments over time.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1MX8WBm

Raising Energy Efficiency Standards to the Global Best – The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – November 2015

This working paper by the New Climate Economy steered by the Global Commission on Economy and Climate examines the role of energy efficiency in boosting economic growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also examines the role of standards in delivering energy efficiency benefits and argues that international organisations, business, and national governments should work towards internationally accepted product definitions.  

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1l8OSj9

Environment at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators – OECD – October 2015

This report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides an overview of OECD country trends on major environmental issues, highlighting those that have succeeded in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, those that have increased their share of renewables in energy supply, improved their waste management, or innovated to more efficiently manage water resources, also revealing where progress has slowed or been insufficient. The report is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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

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

This report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analyses trends and progress on climate change mitigation policies in its members, the EU, and 10 partner economies as governments work towards securing a new multilateral climate regime in December. For each player, the report covers mitigation targets and goals, carbon pricing instruments, and key domestic policy settings in certain areas. A key message from the report is that although most countries are making progress towards meeting their mitigation targets and goals, many are on a trajectory that is likely to fall short, and will need to increase annual emissions reductions rates.

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1N1bCy5

Speeding up Trade: Benefits and Challenges of implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – WTO – October 2015

The World Trade Organization (WTO)’s annual report provides a detailed study of the potential impacts of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the first multilateral trade agreement to be concluded since the WTO was established, envisaged to reduce total trade costs by streamlining the flow of trade across borders. The study identifies and examines in detail a range of benefits and challenges arising from the TFA’s application, also looking at a new facility launched in 2014 to support developing countries in implementing the agreement. 

The report can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1Xx4Xgo

Global Nutrition Report 2015: Actions and Accountability to Advance Nutrition and Sustainable Development – IFPRI – October 2015

This report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) assesses the progress of countries in achieving the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Nutrition Targets 2025. Findings suggest that progress in reducing malnutrition has been slow, as no country is currently on track to meet these targets, and more than half of the world's countries continue to face the consequences of malnutrition. The report contains a section on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security.

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

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