Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-3                                                                                                              March 20, 2013
Second GGKP Annual Conference to explore greening global value chains and green growth indicators

The Second GGKP Annual Conference will take place in Paris, France, April 4-5 2013. Focusing on private sector implementation of green growth, the discussions will be framed around two headline themes: (i) greening global value chains and (ii) measurement and reporting for green growth. The Conference will bring together private sector representatives, policymakers, practitioners and academics to identify policy measures and tools to ensure that the economic benefits of green growth are spread globally and contribute to countries' development objectives. For more information visit the conference webpage
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4-5 April 2013
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Latest Research
Fast-track programs accelerate development and diffusion of environmental technologies
A new empirical analysis finds programs to fast track patent applications accelerate the diffusion of green technologies. The study, produced by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, is the first empirical analysis of green patent fast-tracking procedures, which allow applications to be examined and granted at a faster pace than regular patent applications. Data from the study shows that green fast-tracking programs can reduce the time from application to the grant of a patent by 42-75 percent. 

New business models steer transition to green growth
The OECD has released a report, "Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth," which highlights the potential impact of new business models to achieve green growth, and examines how effective policy can help to build momentum for and scale up successful models. The objective of the report is to enable governments to devise and roll out policies aimed at facilitating the deployment of new business models and eco-innovation practices. The report focuses on 55 cases studies from 14 OECD countries.


Synthesis report deepens understanding of green economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has released a synthesis report analyzing approaches to green economy in Sub-Saharan Africa with special focus on new challenges in the area of sustainable economic development. The report, "Green Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia and Nigeria", aims to identify general trends in the region, while showing that the countries are at very different stages in respect to implementing green economy.

Success stories of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS)
CDKN has issued a Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) special edition of their Climate and Development Outlook. This edition highlights LEDS examples including transitioning Central America onto a more sustainable energy pathway, assessing the sustainability of Togo's and Cameroon's energy sectors, promoting green tourism and local jobs in Southeast Asian cities, and supporting energy efficient buildings in India.

Four degree temperature rise increasingly likely without rapid progress on decarbonizing electricity

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) book, "Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World," indicates that electricity is the largest source of CO2 emissions in the energy sector, with coal dominating electricity generation. The report presents a statistical analysis illustrating the importance of reducing emissions from electricity generation to avoid catastrophic climate change.


Economic, political and social prospects for low carbon development explored in new book
A new book by research fellows at the Institute of Development Studies and the London School of Economics, entitled "Low Carbon Development: Key Issues" addresses the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. It discusses the key conceptual, empirical and policy-related issues of low carbon development, drawing on insights from across the natural sciences and social sciences. The book includes practical case studies of low carbon development in low, middle and high income countries. 
Event Coverage
Scaling up employment creation and social inclusion in a green economy
Over 50 government representatives, researchers, development experts and practitioners came together March 4-5 for an Inter-Agency Workshop on Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy. Organized by the ILO in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO and UNITAR under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Working Group of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED), this workshop provided a forum to review and compare current approaches, tools and practices to assess and promote jobs and social inclusion in a green economy.

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