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Climate finance: Myth vs reality

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
23. November 2018

In 2015, the Paris Agreement of UNFCCC emphasised the role of climate finance in strengthening the global response to climate change. Since then, developed countries have made various claims about climate finance flows. Some of the myths surrounding climate finance need to be demolished. ORF| Climate finance: Myth vs reality

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Social Funding of Green Financing: An Application of Distributed Ledger Technologies

Asian Development Bank Institute  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
23. November 2018

Distributed ledger technology offers the potential to raise investments in small-scale renewable energy projects. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Paris Agreement, major investments in renewable energy production are necessary worldwide. In particular, decentralized, small-scale projects offer copious potential to create energy access as well as to contribute to an affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply system. In developing countries, such projects often have problems finding funding. Direct private investment tools like the community-based hometown investment…

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A long-term perspective on the development experience of emerging and industrialised economies

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
23. November 2018

This paper describes development patterns beyond GDP in a long-term historical perspective. It revisits the discussion on the goals of development in light of the current discussions on ‘Beyond GDP’, provides evidence on GDP and well-being outcomes since 1820 in a broad range of developing and emerging countries, and compares the experience of early industrialising countries and more recently emerging ones. OECD| A long-term perspective on the development experience of emerging and industrialised economies  

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Impacts of Green Growth Policies on Labour Markets and Wage Income Distribution

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
23. November 2018

This paper explores the consequences on the labour markets of structural changes induced by decarbonisation policies. These policies are likely going to have consequences on labour-income distribution given i) existing rigidities in the labour markets, and ii) their different impacts on sectors and on job categories. These policies are analysed in a general equilibrium modelling framework, which includes interlinkages between different sectors and regions as well as five different categories of workers. OECD| Impacts of Green Growth Policies on Labour…

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COP24: LDCs’ moment to shape an inclusive climate transparency framework

The International Institute for Environment and Development  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
23. November 2018

The Paris Agreement provides the foundation for the most robust climate change transparency system to date. The framework delivered by the Agreement sets out a clear objective for all Parties to work towards, offering the flexibility needed for application by countries with limited capacity. Specifically, Article 13 established an ‘enhanced transparency framework’ (ETF) for action and support, covering mitigation activity, adaptation action, climate finance and other areas of support. While its function and structure are established, the detail of how…

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Global Trends to 2035 – Economy and Society

Centre for European Policy Studies  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
23. November 2018

This major study maps and analyses current and future global trends in the fields of economics and society, covering the period to 2035. Drawing on and complementing existing literature, it summarises and analyses the findings of relevant foresight studies in relation to such global trends. It traces recent changes in the perceived trajectory of already-identified trends and identifies significant new or emerging trends. It also addresses potential policy implications of such trends for the European Union. CEPS| Global Trends to…

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Clean energy project preparation facilities

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
23. November 2018

We must make significant new investments in clean energy to meet global climate and sustainability goals. Renewable energy investment is growing, but not quickly enough. Faster, better project preparation is needed to drive investment at the speed and scale needed. Project preparation facilities (PPFs) – along with financial innovations, building local capacity and ensuring a strong enabling environment, among other interventions – can help accelerate investment in clean energy.This paper provides a current mapping of the PPF landscape. The results…

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Brown to green: the G20 transition towards a low-carbon economy

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
23. November 2018

To stay within the Paris Agreement temperature limit, G20 emissions need to be drastically reduced. A peak needs to be reached by around 2020 and carbon dioxide emissions need to decline to net zero by around 2050. The Brown to Green Report is the world’s most comprehensive annual review of G20 climate action. The report draws on the latest emissions data from 2017 and covers 80 indicators on decarbonisation, climate policies, finance and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.…

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