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Maximizing the Opportunities of the Internet for International Trade

International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
4. February 2016

The last decade has witnessed remarkable developments in the digital economy, creating new opportunities for cross-border trade and investment and the ongoing emergence of novel and disruptive businesses models. At the same time, the Internet is transforming how goods and services are produced, delivered, and consumed both domestically and internationally. The transformation in the character of cross-border trade in goods and services, which are increasingly embedded, is also resulting from global value chains, made possible by the flow of immense amounts of data across borders. This has given rise to…

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Global Rules for Mutually Supportive and Reinforcing Trade and Climate Regimes

International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
4. February 2016

As the world intensifies its search for global solutions for climate change, far too little attention has been paid in global policy-making to the nexus between climate change and international trade. In particular, important opportunities for the trade system to contribute to addressing climate change have been overlooked. The overriding message addressed to both trade negotiators and climate negotiators in the present paper is that they must begin by acknowledging the inseparability of the two issues with the aim of framing global rules on…

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Putting a Price on Carbon : Reducing Emissions

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
4. February 2016

In Putting a Price on Carbon: Reducing Emissions, we describe how a national price on carbon would reduce emissions across key sectors of the economy, including empirical evidence and real world case studies. The research examines how the incentives for emissions reductions are depicted in an influential carbon pricing study, and shows why computer models are likely to underestimate the emissions reductions potential of a carbon price. We conclude that carbon pricing can play a central role in helping the…

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Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Sustainable Public Procurement

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
4. February 2016

This study seeks to provide the ever increasing number of governmental organizations engaged in Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) with a step-by-step guide to planning, measuring and communicating on the benefits they are creating through the implementation of their SPP  programs and activities. It includes a Baseline Review on “Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of SPP”, a Guidance Framework and supporting methodologies, indicators and recommendations for implementation. Private sector organizations engaged in sustainable purchasing activities should also find the study useful.…

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Expanding African Trade: Creating a Comparative Advantage and Strengthening Regional Partnerships

Brookings  
Policy Initiative: Regional Integration
28. January 2016

In this chapter of the Brookings Institution's Foresight Africa report,  Joshua P. Meltzer explores the impacts on Africa of the changing global trade environment. In particular, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will transform global trade architecture, likely to the disadvantage of Africa. However, our viewpoint contributors believe that, if African countries can successfully leverage regional integration and better utilize the African Growth and Opportunity Act, they might be able to maintain global competitiveness. Brookings | Foresight Africa

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Time to Connect the Dots: What is the Link Between Climate Change Policy and the Circular Economy

Center for European Policy Studies  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
28. January 2016

In December 2015, the European Commission published the new Circular Economy Package, containing a host of initiatives to reduce waste and to increase the longevity of products and materials, but it failed to set a headline target for reducing the EU’s use of resources. Such a target could help to increase political attention and visibility of the issue, stimulate long-term ambitions and streamline the action of all actors – both public and private – towards reducing the consumption of natural…

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The Future of Electricity in Fast-Growing Economies

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
21. January 2016

Electricity markets in fast-growing economies face different challenges than those in more mature markets. Mature markets with stable demand for electricity are transitioning to a more sustainable mix of power generation technologies while continuing to support economic growth with affordable and secure power. Fast-growing markets are trying to serve voracious new demand for electricity as their economies grow, as more customers are connected to the grid and as per capita consumption grows. This report recognizes the need for policy to…

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Fiscal Instruments in INDCs: How Countries are Looking to Fiscal Policies to Support INDC Implementation

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
21. January 2016

Countries are increasingly turning to the use of fiscal instruments to support low-carbon development and efforts to reduce emissions. This is evidenced in the proliferation of the references to these instruments within the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that were submitted and examined in advance of COP 21. With that in mind, IISD and GIZ (on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) have undertaken a rapid review of INDCs to highlight countries that have identified these…

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