Knowledge Update
Issue 2014-6                                                                                         August 11, 2014
GGKP announces Annual Conference call for abstracts 
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is pleased to announce its Third Annual Conference on the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge - Creating Impact", to be held at the University of Venice, 29-30 January 2015. The GGKP is currently accepting abstracts on policy-relevant research findings on fiscal instruments and green economy. The deadline to submit is 15 September 2014; selected abstracts will be invited for presentation at the conference. Among the papers presented, the conference will recognize the best young-researcher paper and best overall paperA selection of the best papers will be published. Travel funding is available to support a limited number of developing country presenters. Detailed information on abstract submission is available here.
About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.
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LEDS GP Annual Event


27-28 August 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Green Economy Coalition Global Meeting

1-2 September
London, England 


Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia
1-24 September 2014
E-training course  


6-17 October 2014
Turin, Italy

Global Green Growth Forum 
20-21 October 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark 

Asia LEDS Forum
11-13 November 2014
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

13-14 November
Paris, France
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Latest Research
Resource and energy efficiency in the EU 
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Using global standards to measure China's environmental industry

The UNEP report "Measuring China's Environmental Industry" examines the feasibility of China adopting new global standards for tracking the latest data and trends in its Environmental Goods and Services Sector (EGSS), as a means to inform its green development strategy and identify potential new green growth opportunities. This is the first study to explore how the EGSS framework could be adopted by a country with an emerging economy.  

Greening household behaviour with economic incentives
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Pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2015
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The ongoing review of the UK's Fourth Carbon Budget is closely linked to the debate over the impact that domestic climate change policies can have on the competitiveness of businesses. The paper by London School of Economics (LSE), Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), titled  "Burden or opportunity? How UK emissions reductions policies affect the competitiveness of businesses" investigates to what extent climate change policy affects the economy. The paper provides policy design recommendations to mitigate impacts on UK businesses and highlights the ability of policies to increase a country's capacity to compete in low-carbon innovation.
Environmental provisions and regional trade 
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GGKP's first two years
Since the GGKP was first launched in January 2012, it has grown from a simple concept for improving collaboration on green growth analysis among a few institutions to a global partnership of over 30 leading international organizations and research institutes - all committed to the transition to a green economy.
In our first 
annual report, we set out the results of GGKP's efforts in 2012 and 2013 to promote organisational collaboration, identify and address green growth knowledge gaps, promote knowledge sharing, and stimulate the development of a vibrant green growth community of practice.
Indicators play a valuable role in helping communicate the importance of green growth and incentivising action. With this issue in mind, the GGKP recently hosted a policy session on the topic of "Moving Beyond GDP - Measuring Inclusive Green Growth" as part of the Fifth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE). The session, chaired by Marianne Fay, Chief Economist of the Climate Change Group at the World Bank, involved an in depth debate on the topic between Edward Barbier(University of Wyoming), Carlo Carraro (University of Venice), Geoffrey Heal (Columbia Business School), and Sheng Fulai (UNEP).