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China’s Renewable-Energy Revolution

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
3. September 2017

At the start of 2017, China announced that it would invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020 and scrap plans to build 85 coal-fired power plants. In March, Chinese authorities reported that the country was already exceeding official targets for energy efficiency, carbon intensity, and the share of clean energy sources. And just last month, China’s energy regulator, the National Energy Administration, rolled out new measures to reduce the country’s dependence on coal. These are just the latest indicators…

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Kerosene to Solar Swap Policy Brief 3: Sustainable Lighting Solutions for Rural Homes in India

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
28. August 2017

This policy brief published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) analyses the current policy environment governing kerosene and off-grid solar use. It sets out a suite of detailed policy interventions that can be implemented to achieve a systemic transition from kerosene to solar for lighting in rural India. The paper is one of a series of three policy briefs examining the links between the use of kerosene fuel and off-grid solar applications for lighting in rural India. The papers…

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Aligning Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development under the UNFCCC

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
28. August 2017

Investments in climate change mitigation will have to rise massively in the coming years in order to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5°C. Rising levels of investment in mitigation can reduce the impacts of climate change. Yet, they also increase the risk that these investments adversely affect development opportunities and adaptive capacities. Those who have contributed the least to climate change, but are the most vulnerable to its impacts, could thus face a double-equity gap. This study, published by…

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Vision: A Prosperous Western Indian Ocean Region with Healthy Rivers, Coasts and Oceans

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Other
28. August 2017

The brochure published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) informs on the Nairobi Convention, which is a partnership between governments, civil society and the private sector, working towards a prosperous Western Indian Ocean Region with healthy rivers, coasts and oceans. It pursues this vision by providing a mechanism for regional cooperation, coordination and collaborative actions; it enables the Contracting Parties to harness resources and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups; and in this way it helps…

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A Tool for Designing a Policy Package to Achieve Indonesia’s Climate Targets

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
25. August 2017

Indonesia, one of the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters, has outlined a plan to unconditionally reduce its emissions by 29 percent relative to a business-as-usual case in 2030 and up to 41 percent conditioned on international assistance. Policymakers need to design supporting policy packages to meet these climate targets while at the same time meeting the demands of the nation’s increasing population. Indonesia’s Energy Policy Simulator (EPS), a System Dynamics computer model, can estimate the impacts of various policy packages…

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Upscaling Green Bond Markets: The Need for Harmonised Green Bond Standards

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
21. August 2017

This paper by the German Development Institute (DIE) investigates the need for harmonised green bond standards. If a 2°C-compatible pathway is to be achieved, an enormous investment gap exists and this will need to be financed both with public and private funds. Green bonds have the potential to assume a crucial role in mobilising financial funds for the low-carbon transition. First, green bonds enhance the transparency on the underlying assets by disclosing the use of proceeds. Second, with long-dated maturities, they can match…

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The Impact of Trade and Technology on Skills in Viet Nam

Asian Development Bank Institute  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
21. August 2017

While more trade creates jobs in Viet Nam, technology might be replacing routine jobs, harming lower-skilled workers. Market-oriented reforms, such as liberalizing trade and encouraging foreign direct investment, can generate large efficiency gains for a country. However, there is also concern that lower-skilled workers are increasingly being replaced by technology and that more globalized markets are harming employment opportunities. This working paper by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) investigates these issues by exploring household surveys from Viet Nam, combined with information…

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Supporting Governance for Climate Resilience: Working with Political Institutions

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
21. August 2017

Political institutions, formal or informal, embody the underlying rules and norms within which organisations such as governments, NGOs or companies, operate and play a defining role in how people and organisations respond to climate-related shocks and stresses. Democratic relations between national and local government, for example, influence capacities for quick response in an emergency, and these responses can in turn affect economic prosperity, competitiveness, livelihoods and well-being. Governance provides us with a broad term for understanding the institutions working across the state, market and civil society. This working paper by the Overseas…

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