CRAFTING A FRAMEWORK ON INVESTMENT FACILITATION. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (June 2018). This new policy brief, released under ICTSD’s “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative, examines the current discussions on investment facilitation among WTO members and in other contexts, as well as providing an overview of options that stakeholders can consider as these processes evolve. The brief is available at the ICTSD website.
NEGOTIATING DISCIPLINES ON DOMESTIC REGULATIONS IN SERVICES. Published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (June 2018). This new policy brief, released under ICTSD’s “WTO: Paths Forward” initiative, examines the current WTO discussions on domestic regulation in services, as well as what options may be available for negotiators as they move to the next stage of these talks. The brief is available at the ICTSD website.
WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2018: INVESTMENT AND NEW INDUSTRIAL POLICIES. Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (June 2018). This report looks at trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) at the global, regional, and national levels. Noting that global flows of FDI fell by 23 percent in 2017, it emphasises the importance of open, transparent, and non-discriminatory global investment policies. The report also analyses developments in national investment policies and highlights trends in investment treaties and investment dispute settlement. It makes recommendations for reforms in the investment treaty regime and argues that the new industrial revolution calls for a strategic review of investment policies. To download the report, click here.
RENEWABLES 2018 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT. Published by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) (June 2018). REN21’s annual report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the global state of renewable energy. Main sections cover the policy landscape, finance flows, and market and industry trends in renewable energy. Another section discusses distributed renewables as a means of energy access. The report includes sections on energy systems technology and energy efficiency, as well as a feature on corporate sourcing of renewable energy. To read the report, visit the REN21 website.
INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY (IEA): TRACKING CLEAN ENERGY PROGRESS. Published by the IEA (2018). This newly-enhanced online tracker aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of energy technologies and sectors that are instrumental in the transition to a clean-energy global economy. It includes updated information for the current state of technologies and needed improvements relative to IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario. This scenario outlines the path to meeting the Paris Agreement’s “well below 2 degrees Celsius” climate goal, delivering universal energy access, and significantly lowering air pollution. Users are able to access detailed assessments of recent trends and progress by sector on the IEA’s website.
DATA-RELATED CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS IN BUILDING CHINA’S NATIONAL CARBON EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME. By Xuelan Zeng, Maosheng Duan, Zhi Yu, Weichi Li, Mengyu Li and Xiaoyan Liang (May 2018). This paper discusses the importance of data in the development of China’s national carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS). It presents a comparative analysis of the data requirements for China’s national ETS and identifies data availability and data quality gaps. Based on the experiences of international ETSs and pilot-program experiences in China, the authors propose short-term strategies and long-term solutions for meeting data challenges from both technical and management perspectives. To download the paper, visit the publisher’s website.