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Issue 1 - January 29, 2015
The GGKP's Third Annual Conference opens today, focusing on 'Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge & Creating Impact'.  Over two days, top academics will join key policy makers on more than 20 panel sessions to jointly examine newly developed research on the most effective means of introducing and reforming fiscal measures in support of green growth.

During the conference over 50 research papers shall be presented, debated and discussed, with participation from over 120 speakers. This will include six papers commissioned as background to the conference by the GGKP's Fiscal Instruments Research Committee
. Details on the commissioned research can be found below.

Hosted in partnership with the Ca' Foscari University of VeniceThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the conference is being held at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice in Venice, Italy.

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About GGKP
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organisations 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.
Upcoming Events

GGKP 3rd Annual Conference

29-30 January 2015
Venice, Italy 

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
 5-7 February 2015 
New Delhi, India

World Bank
9-10 February 2015,
Washington D.C., USA

23-24 February 2015
Kingston, Jamaica
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GGKP Commissioned Research
This paper written by Kai Schlegelmilch and Amani Joas, proposes a conceptual framework for understanding the revenue potential of green fiscal instruments. The study defines and categorizes the relevant concepts of green fiscal reform. It discusses the various goals of environmental fiscal reform (EFR) and differentiates between the different types of instruments, such as taxes, fees and charges, the removal of environmentally
harmful subsidies and quantity instruments such as cap-and-trade systems. Kai Schlegekmilch will present this paper at the session 'A1: Designing effective green tax reforms'.
The paper written by Rita Pandey and Meeta Keswani Mehra focuses on the role of complementary fiscal instruments in promoting low-carbon energy technology innovation, with attention to the appropriate choice and design of instruments to address specific barriers, drawing on lessons learnt from experiences with complementary fiscal policy instruments in developed and developing countries.This paper is being presented today by Rita Pandey at the session 'A2: Creating incentives for investment in clean energy'.
This paper examines how obstacles to green fiscal reform (GFR) can be overcome through targeted mitigation measures for vulnerable groups, careful use of revenues raised, and complementary strategies and tools. The paper draws on lessons from GFR experiences in developed and developing countries across different sectors and policy areas. This paper is being presented by Sirini Withana today at the session  'B1: Overcoming obstacles to green fiscal reform'.
Using environmental taxes in the transport sector
This paper written by Gunnar Eskeland and Haakon Lindstad discusses how fiscal instruments, such as fuel taxes, have the potential to reduce considerably the environmental impacts from the transport sector. The paper suggests that both cost effectiveness and smoothness of reform can be achieved by thinking carefully about this transition. Gunnar Eskeland will present this paper at the session 'B4: Promoting green transportation systems'.
The paper identifies an opportunity to achieve the social and economic objectives associated with the supply of water services by decoupling water pricing arrangements from the provision of the financial assistance necessary to ensure that all people can have affordable access to water.  This paper will be presented today by Mike Young at the session 'C2: Water pricing for sustainable water management'.

This paper provides a conceptual framework for assessing the effectiveness (strengths and weaknesses) of a green fiscal reform. Policies can be assessed along a number of non-environmental dimensions including potential for raising revenue, efficiency and distributional implications, broader economic impacts (e.g. economic growth, labor market outcomes), and political feasibility. The paper reviews a number of green fiscal reforms throughout the world through these various dimensions.  This paper will be presented tomorrow by Gilbert Metcalf at the session 'D2: Measuring the effectiveness of fiscal reform'.