Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-5                                                                                                              April 26, 2013
Announcing Green Growth Practitioners' Workshop in Asia
Under the auspices of the GGKP, the World Bank is organizing a regional practitioners workshop from June 3-4 in Bogor, Indonesia. The workshop targets technical-level practitioners from developing country governments, development agencies, and academic institutions in east and southeast Asia. It will foster debate and knowledge exhchange, strengthen ties among practitioners and researchers, and expose participants to a variety of tools and methods for green growth policy design and implementation.

The workshop is being organized in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development. The provisional program can be downloaded here, interested participants should contact Michael Chaitkin (

All papers and presentations from GGKP Annual Conference now available online
The second Annual Conference of the GGKP was held April 4-5 in Paris, France. All papers and presentations are available online at: summary of the conference outcomes will be available in the coming weeks.
About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. Through widespread consultation and world-class research, GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.

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Latest Research
IMF report outlines lessons and implications of energy subsidy reform
A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) explores energy subsidies, including their consequences, fiscal and economic costs, as well as key elements for subsidy reform. The report finds that subsidies for energy consumption reached $480 billion in 2011, while the mispricing of energy (failing to factor in negative externalities from energy consumption) amounted to a further $1.4 trillion. The report urges policymakers to reform energy subsidies and suggests a number of key elements for subsidy reform.
A new paper by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) highlights the implications of the current separation of discourses on private climate finance and subsidies. The paper finds that, within developing countries, subsidies to fossil fuels alone outweigh climate finance. The paper outlines opportunities that exist to unlock climate-compatible investment by linking private climate finance and subsidies. 

A new TEEB for Business Coalition report estimates in monetary terms the financial risk from unpriced natural capital inputs into production processes, across business sectors. The primary production and processing sectors analyzed in the study are estimated to have unpriced natural capital costs totaling $7.3 trillion, or 13% of global economic output in 2009. While many of these natural capital costs are found in the developing world, the resulting goods and services are being consumed around the world through resource intensive supply chains. 
A new report written by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), UNIDO and the Agence Français de Developpement, outlines the need for a more sustainable development path, in particular moving away from a narrow focus on labour productivity to a broader focus on resource productivity. The report, "Green Growth, from labour to resource productivity, best practice examples, initiatives and policy options" outlines why business as usual is no longer an option, explores business and consumer considerations, and presents green growth policies and strategies as well as recommendations.
Report distills lessons from seven low carbon growth studies 

ESMAP has produced a capstone report, drawing together the lessons learnt from seven low carbon studies conducted between 2007 and 2011. The report, which covers Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, and South Africa, is intended as a practical guide for government officials, practitioners, and development agencies involved in low carbon development planning. 


Role for biotrade in facilitating transition to green economy

UNEP has released two sectoral studies that reveal how biotrade can support countries' transition to a green economy, whilst reducing poverty and providing employment opportunities. Nepal and Peru are both identified as countries with significant potential to take advantage of development in the biotrade sector, owing to their high biodiversity. The studies illustrate how public and private investments, policy reforms directed at improving the capacity of production, as well as the sustainable use and trade of biotrade products, could catalyze economic growth in rural areas. 
Opportunities and challenges for linking environmental sustainability and decent work for all 
The International Labour Organization has released a conference report on "Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs" as part of the 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference. The report addresses the urgent challenges of environmental sustainability and decent work for all, while showing that the two must be addressed together. The report also details the main opportunities and lessons learnt, the challenges and how to manage them, and examples of effective policies and scope for a supportive role by the ILO.
Drivers and challenges for climate compatible development
A new working paper by the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), considers the various drivers behind countries' Climate Compatible Development (CCD) strategies as well as the challenges and disincentives to promoting CCD reforms. The paper provides an introductory overview to the topic, with the aim of opening up a discussion on how to best promote successful CCD processes.  

Tools and Initiatives
New website: AfDB Green Growth Initiative 
The African Development Bank has launched a new website for their Green Growth Initiative. The website provides the latest AfDB news on green growth, key documents and useful links. 

New website: Platform for Climate Smart Planning
The World Bank's Platform for Climate-Smart Planning (CSP) has launched a new website. The CSP provides countries and individual users with the opportunity to gather and share information on the application of climate-resilient and low-carbon development tools by giving access to a wide range of global and national datasets. The CSP is part of the World Bank's work on data and decision-making tools for green growth, an affiliated program of the GGKP.
Online course: Cities and Climate Change Leadership

The World Bank e-Institute is accepting applications for its online course on "Cities and Climate Change Leadership". The course discusses how cities and urban regions can lead climate actions and mainstream climate mitigation and adaptation into their development plans. The online course will be held 6-24 May 2013.