Knowledge Update
Issue 2013-11                                                                                                            November 21, 2013
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Latest Research

South-originating green finance: Exploring the potential

A new discussion paper published by the Geneva International Finance Dialogues highlights the key role that is being, and could increasingly be, played by South-originating green finance (SGF) in an evolving financial landscape, given the pressing need to scale green investment, and the potential for national and international policies to accelerate its volume and enhance its impact. This paper, as part of the initiative on South-originating Green Finance, is intended to help: crystallize current knowledge, including a sense of future trends based on current data; provide a framework for further discussion, including definitions and testable hypotheses; offer initial policy reflections and, where possible, recommendations; and set out a policy-focused research agenda.

Green industrial policies: when and how

A new working paper from the World Bank provides a framework to assess the desirability of green industrial policies, focusing on the effectiveness and political acceptability of price instruments. The paper provides a brief review of the lessons of past industrial policies; makes the case for green industrial policies, arguing that industrial policies are needed in addition to environmental policies to trigger the transformations required for more sustainable economic growth; and reviews when and how to effectively deploy green industrial policies, offering a simple framework to help ensure policy responses are matched to the particular failure they seek to resolve. 

Market-based measures found to be most effective at reducing CO2

"Effective Carbon Prices", a new book from the OECD shows that taxes and emission trading systems are the cheapest way for societies to reduce CO2 emissions. The book estimates the costs to society of reducing CO2 emissions in 15 countries using a range of policy instruments. It finds wide variations in the costs of abating CO2 across all levels, including different types of policy instruments, sectors and countries. Market-based approaches like taxes and trading schemes are found to consistently reduce CO2 at a lower cost than other instruments, while capital subsidies and feed-in tariffs were found to be the most expensive ways of reducing emissions.

Scoping a green economy: A brief guide to dialogues and diagnostics for developing countries

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Green Economy Coalition have published a guide which aims to encourage dialogue and diagnostics in developing countries on what a green economy means for them. The guide is based on eight different national and regional dialogue experiences and assesses green economy stakeholders, governance, institutions, finance and investment; provides examples of relevant questions and highlights from the dialogues to date; and details a checklist for preparing and hosting inclusive dialogues. 

Green Growth Best Practices - Initial draft findings

The Green Growth Best Practices (GGBP) has prepared a briefing paper on the initial draft findings of its assessment report. This briefing highlights initial issues raised through the GGBP's ongoing work-streams on developing and implementing integrated policy portfolios, including: policy design, financing strategies and public private collaboration. The GGBP assessment will be complete in early 2014 and will be published as a synthesis report and an online Living Handbook with case studies.

Policy instruments to support green growth in agriculture

This report synthesizes the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programs and initiatives related to green growth in the agriculture sector. It discusses the overall approach that countries are taking towards establishing a green growth strategy in agriculture; the implementation of the OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth in the sector; and the various policy instruments used. 

Sustainable energy roadmap for Jamaica
The WorldWatch Institute has launched a Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica, a look at the measures that the Jamaican government can take to transition its electricity sector to one that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. The report "Roadmap: Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System" analyses the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment in Jamaica and discusses the social and economic impacts of alternative energy pathways. The report concludes that a scenario of high renewable penetration can bring many benefits to the country, including significant savings, greater energy security and gains in competitiveness.
Green revenues for green energy

The International Institute for  Sustainable Development (IISD) and the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) have prepared a summary for policy makers on their research project aimed at examining how best to fund renewable energy and reduce environmental pollution in China. Currently the cost to facilitating large-scale deployment of renewable energy in China is primarily met through an electricity surcharge, raising concerns that continued reliance on surcharges alone will place a disproportionate burden on electricity consumers. Stemming from this concern, this IISD and CNREC projects aims to find alternative solutions by examining the international experience of various fiscal measures and their relevance to China. 

Measuring environmental regulatory stringency

A new working paper from the OECD explores the challenges researchers face in measuring environmental stringency. While creating such a measure is often portrayed as a data-collection problem, the paper instead identifies four fundamental conceptual obstacles: multidimensionality, simultaneity, industrial composition, and capital vintage. In the paper, the authors describe the long history of attempts to measure environmental regulatory stringency, and assess their relative success in light of the identified obstacles. Finally, they propose a new measure of stringency based on emissions data which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.


AfDB supports Africa's green growth agenda at COP19

The African Development Bank held a side event at COP19, promoting the exchange of experiences and best practices in the field of green growth with a view to replicating them in the future. The event, "Transitioning towards Green Growth in Africa: The Role of the African Development Bank and other regional institutions", included an overview of the various initiatives aimed at promoting green growth, lessons learnt from international organizations working in this field and examples of countries working to promote green growth on the African continent. Video coverage of the event can be found at:  


Economics of Green Growth Conference

Some of the world's leading development economists and experts in the field of green growth and sustainable development convened in early October at the Economics of Green Growth conference, supported and organized by the Global Green Growth Institute, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. The conference addressed a wide range of topics, including carbon pricing, industrial policy, and global economic policy coordination. Recordings of presentations and the final papers presented are available at:


UN South-South Expo held in Kenya

Hundreds of high-level delegates from 150 countries and across the United Nations system gathered in Nairobi for the Global South-South Development Expo. The event, organized by the UN Office of South-South Cooperation and hosted by UNEP, took place from 28 October to 1 November under the theme of "Building inclusive green economies". The week included an exhibition pavilion with over 70 interactive booths, a high-level panel on South-South cooperation and a number of events highlighting real-life examples of South-South cooperation. 

The GGKP is hiring
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is hiring a Research Officer to lead the GGKP's research efforts, including managing the GGKP's research committees, engaging with partner organizations and research funders, and producing high-quality, timely through pieces and synthesis of major green growth research. For more information and to apply, please visit: 
Interviews on green growth
The GGKP published a new blog post this month highlighting a series of interviews carried out with members of its Advisory Committee and Council as well as other key thought leaders in the field of green growth. In the interviews, the experts were asked to reflect on the concept of green growth including, why it's important and what role the Green Growth Knowledge Platform can play in moving us towards a green economy. All of the video interviews can be access through the GGKP's YouTube page: