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Issue 10 – December 19, 2014

Next month, from 29-30 January 2015, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is holding its Third Annual Conference on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”. The conference, hosted in partnership with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will be held at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Venice, Italy. Registration for the conference closes on 31 December 2014.

For more information and to register, visit the conference webpage.

As 2014 draws to an end, the entire GGKP Office would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the holiday season and the New Year! 


The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy.

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Environmental policies as an ingredient for growth

ew research from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows how well-designed green policies can secure long-term well-being, while upholding current productivity levels. According to the working paper ‘Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Environmental Policy Stringency on Productivity Growth’,  these positive outcomes can be further encouraged if environmental policies offer flexibility for compliance, a reason to favour market-based instruments (such as taxes) over rigid regulations and standards. Read more about this research in the GGKP Insights Blog.

Pricing carbon in a changing economic climate and examining the impact on regulations on competitiveness 

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) together with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, released two policy briefs over November and December. The first brief, ‘The impacts of environmental regulations on competitiveness‘, looks at the impacts of environmental regulation on regulated companies. The second brief, ‘How to price carbon in good times and bad‘, analyses the relevant empirical evidence and theoretical research on how carbon pricing instruments function in recessions and booms. Read more about this research in the GGKP Insights Blog.

The many opportunities in eco-innovation

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the publication ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation’. The paper aims to demonstrate how eco-innovation can enable companies to carve out commercially interesting opportunities. It presents examples from companies that have integrated eco-innovation at the core of their business strategy.

Environmental regulations stringency and its impact on trade in environmental goods

The OECD working paper ‘The Stringency of Environmental Regulations and Trade in Environmental Goods’, assesses conceptually and empirically the extent to which the stringency of environmental regulations drives international trade in environmental goods.  The different indicators of regulatory stringency considered in this report generally support the notion that the stringency of environmental regulations positively affects countries’ specialisation in environmental products, even when considering specific sectors such as solid-waste management or wastewater treatment.

Exposing the fossil fuel bailout

In the lead up to the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released the report ‘The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration’. This report documents the scale and structure of fossil fuel exploration subsidies in the G20 countries, highlighting evidence of publicly financed bailouts for carbon-intensive companies.

Transitioning towards green growth in South East Asia

The OECD released the report ‘Towards Green Growth in Southeast Asia’.  The report provides insights for leaders to design their own solutions to move their countries towards green growth in the region. The report presents a broad and deep understanding of the costs, risks and consequences of the region’s booming economy, and offers solutions that are in play in the region and elsewhere.

Products with climate and development benefits

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), released a paper ‘Identifying Products with Climate and Development Benefits for an Environmental Goods Agreement’. The paper examines trade among the G14 and non-G14 economies in the 54 product sub-categories included in the APEC environmental goods list. The paper presents a preliminary analysis of trade flows and tariffs and proposes measures for improving the transparency of the Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations.

Greening urban growth

The New Climate Economy Cities Research Programme released a series of papers which show that cities are key to driving economic growth and fighting climate change. These papers include: ‘Accessibility in Cities: Transport and urban form‘; ‘Steering Urban Growth: governance, policy and finance”; ‘What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions? Assessing the evidence‘; ‘Path Dependence, Innovation and the Economics of Climate Change‘; ‘Cities and the New Climate Economy: The transformative role of global urban growth‘ and ‘The Economic Case for Low Carbon Cities‘.

Transitioning from a brown to green economy

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) released the paper ‘Shifting to a Green Economy: Lock-in, Path Dependence, and Policy Options’. This paper looks at economic aspects of the challenge of escaping carbon lock-in using a “brown-green capital” model. The paper also explores possible macroeconomic consequences of policies to drive a transition to a low-carbon economy and policy responses in the case that macroeconomic imbalances result.