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South Africa Launches Green Transport Strategy

IISD  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
6. July 2019

South Africa has launched the country’s first Green Transport Strategy (GTS) to promote a transport system that is environmentally friendly and helps boost economic growth and create jobs. In South Africa, the transport sector is the most rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Strategy will, inter alia: enable the transport sector to contribute its fair share to national efforts to combat climate change and thus promote behavioral changes towards sustainable mobility. Its goals are, among others, to…

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How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

IISD  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. July 2019

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the cornerstone for many economies worldwide, accounting for 60 per cent of employment in developing countries and an average of 50 per cent of GDP. IISD highlights their pivotal role in global sustainable development and dig into the pressures they face responding to one of the most demanding challenges of our time: climate change. IISD | How Institutional Arrangements Can Engage Small Businesses in Climate Adaptation

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Knowing What You Spend: A guidance note for governments to track climate change finance in their budgets

UNDP  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. July 2019

This guidance note is intended for government agencies responsible for climate finance within Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Planning, or climate change policy making bodies (e.g. Climate Change Commissions, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forests etc.) that wish to set up a Climate Budget Tagging (CBT) system or strengthen an existing one. The note focuses on the design of a CBT system that is grounded in government financial management and, as such, covers public sector expenditure –…

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Handbook of Green Finance: Energy Security and Sustainable Development

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
6. July 2019

Finance is the engine of development of infrastructural projects, including energy projects. By providing several thematic and country chapters, this handbook explains that if we plan to achieve sustainable development goals, we need to create opportunities for new green projects and scale up the financing of investments that furnish environmental benefits. New financial instruments and policies such as green bonds, green banks, carbon market instruments, fiscal policy, green central banking, fintech, and community-based green funds are among the chief components…

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Addressing the challenge of Marine Plastic Litter using Circular Economy methods

UNIDO  
Policy Initiative: Circular Economy
28. June 2019

Plastics are versatile materials, being inexpensive, light, easily shaped and durable and have brought immeasurable benefits to many areas of life. However, as of 2015, approximately 6,300 Mt stock of plastic waste had been generated. Around 9% of this had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment; a huge loss in economic terms and alarming with respect to potential harm that this could mean to humans, animals and plants and our ecosystems. …

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Guidance on improving the quality of ESG information for decision-making

World Business Council for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
28. June 2019

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and FSR - Danish Auditors - have published a first-of-its-kind guidance on how companies can improve the quality of their environment, social and governance (ESG) information by considering the basic building blocks of internal controls. It’s important for companies to pursue investment grade ESG data collection, analysis and reporting. But companies first need to understand the business case for improving the internal control environment and the quality of ESG data. The guidance offers a…

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Digitalization in Maritime Transport: Ensuring Opportunities for Development

UNCTAD  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. June 2019

Digitalisation and new developments in artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of things and automation, are of increasing relevance to maritime transport. They help optimise existing processes, create new business opportunities and transform supply chains as well as the geography of trade. Notwithstanding the potential opportunities and benefits offered by these technologies, they also entail risks and potential costs to maritime actors in developing countries. It is thus necessary to establish a level playing field. This policy brief discusses the role…

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Belt and Road Economics: Opportunities and Risks of Transport Corridors

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
21. June 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) strengthens infrastructure, trade, and investment links between China and some 70 other countries that account collectively for over 30 percent of global GDP, 62 percent of population, and 75 percent of known energy reserves. Regional cooperation on the new and improved transport infrastructure and policy reforms could reduce trade costs and improve connectivity, leading to higher cross-border trade and investment and improved growth in the region. This study analyses the economics of the Belt…

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