31 May 2018

THE ROLE OF INVESTORS IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE UNDER THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE. By Alison Hoare, Lan Hong, and Jens Hein for the Chatham House (May 2018). In light of the profound impacts of infrastructure on societies and the environment, the authors of this new paper investigate the ways that socially and environmentally sustainable procurement can be used in completing China’s Belt and Road Initiative. To download or read this research paper online, visit the Chatham House website.

THE IMPACT OF COMPENSATORY MEASURES ON PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CARBON TAXATION: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY IN SWEDEN. By Sverker C. Jagers, Johan Marinsson, and Simon Matti for the Climate Policy Journal (May 2018). In this new study, the authors investigate perceptions of Sweden’s carbon tax policy through a randomised survey experiment. Based on their results, the authors offer policy insights to aid in creating carbon tax policy that will be supported by citizens. To download the full text in PDF form, visit the publisher’s website.

STRENGTHENING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION CAPACTIY IN AFRICA – CASE STUDIES FROM SIX MAJOR AFRICAN CITIES AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS. By Walter Leal Filho et al. for the Environmental Science and Policy Journal (August 2018). This new paper uses concrete case studies to illustrate the vulnerability and adaptive capacity status of cities on the African continent. The authors then use the case studies to shed light on best practices for adaptation strategies in the area. To download the full report, visit the website.

WORLD EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL OUTLOOK 2018: GREENING WITH JOBS. By the International Labour Organisation (ILO) (May 2018). In this new publication, the ILO investigates the impacts of meeting the Paris Agreement’s global warming target of two degrees Celsius on employment worldwide. They find that with proper supporting policy, jobs produced in new green sectors will offset those lost elsewhere. For more information and to download the complete report, visit the ILO website

CHANNELLING PRIVATE INVESTMENT TO INFRASTRUCTURE: WHAT CAN MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANKS REALISTICALLY DO? By Chris Humphrey for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (May 2018). This new paper focuses on the positive role that multilateral development banks can play through project bonds, securitisation of infrastructure loans, and syndication arrangements to fill the gap between funds available for infrastructure and those necessary to keep up with economic growth. To read and download the full report, visit the ODI website.

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