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A Decade of BRICS: Indian Perspectives for the Future

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Other
8. January 2018

As the BRICS grouping nears a decade of existence, this publication by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) offers commentary from pre-eminent scholars and emerging next-generation researchers on measures that can separate and insulate the group from the vagaries of international discord. It provides area-specific insights and recommendations to promote a greater focus on key issues important to each BRICS nation and the continued institutionalisation of the grouping. The chapters cover the following themes: governance, development, energy, health, gender, security, smart cities, and the…

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Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities for India

Brookings  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
8. January 2018

India sits at the nub of the crisis of the current high carbon model of development. It is not responsible for this crisis and it can legitimately argue that it must not bear the costs of adapting and mitigating its consequences. However, it cannot escape the reality that it is amongst the most vulnerable nations to global warming. This working paper, published by Brookings, identifies five factors that define the reality of India’s energy sector and argues that these factors should…

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Pathways for Meeting India’s Climate Goals

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. December 2017

Over the past decade, India has taken several steps to address climate change while supporting long-term development objectives. This paper, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), analyzes the climate change mitigation goals that have been set and the key policies that have been and are being implemented. The objective is threefold: to enhance understanding of India’s goals, to evaluate implementation progress, and to identify opportunities for enhancing ambition.   WRI | Pathways for Meeting India’s Climate Goals

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Climate Investment Opportunities in South Asia – An IFC Analysis

International Finance Corporation  
29. December 2017

The report, published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), examines how the region’s nascent “green” markets can unlock trillions in investment. Focusing on options by key sectors and by country, the in-depth analysis shows how creating markets for climate-resilient urban infrastructure—including water and waste management, climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable transport, and green and resilient buildings, among others—can transform the region’s future.   IFC | Climate Investment Opportunities in South Asia - An IFC Analysis    

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Recycling our Infrastructure for Future Generations

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. December 2017

"Recycling our Infrastructure for Future Generations" takes a closer look at an emerging approach to financing new infrastructure, which is known as “Asset Recycling”. Insight presented in this report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF),  demonstrates that Asset Recycling in infrastructure has the potential to significantly increase levels of investment and help close the financing gap. This is the result of creating alignment with long-term institutional investors that have a preference for built assets, notably pension funds. Asset Recycling…

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Untying the Gordian Knot: Catalysing Green Energy Investments in Emerging and Developing Economies

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. December 2017

The developed world has failed to live up to its commitments made in the Paris Agreement, an international climate treaty, however, with current estimates indicating that only half of the pledged funds are currently being provided. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, alternative sources of financing are needed. The largest pool of capital in the world lies in the hands of institutional investors – the pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds that have more than $100…

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Accelerating Financial Centre Action on Sustainable Development: How International Cooperation Can Scale Up Green and Sustainable Finance

United Nations Environment Programme Inquiry  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
22. December 2017

Mobilising the world’s financial centres is essential to make progress on climate change and sustainable development. The momentum towards a sustainable financial system is clear and yet insufficient to deliver the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The world’s financial centres now have a historic opportunity to help close this gap by accelerating the expansion of green and sustainable finance. They are the places where green and sustainable financial services will need to be scaled up across banking,…

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Creating Markets for Climate Business

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
22. December 2017

The report, published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), identifies seven industry sectors that can make a crucial difference in catalysing private investment: renewable energy, off-grid solar and energy storage, agribusiness, green buildings, urban transportation, water, and urban waste management. In the "Green Buildings" section, the report argues that by 2050 most of the populational growth and urbanisation will occur in emerging markets, particularly in middle-income countries. In this sense, the adoption of resource-efficient “green” building practices is seen as a chance to…

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