Economics, Trade & Investment

Australia Assesses Barriers to Renewable Energy Integration in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

Australian Flag7 July 2014: The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) in Australia released an assessment of the costs of generating renewable energy in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Australia.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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ADB Workshop Focuses on Transport, Energy NAMAs in Central Asia [viewed]

ADB18 June 2014: Forty policy makers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan participated in the regional workshop on 'NAMA Readiness and Investment Training for Mitigation Activities in the Energy and Transport Sectors.' Participants learned about the design, implementation and monitoring of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), shared regional NAMA experience and progress, and discussed the financing of NAMA components.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy [viewed]

EEA15 July 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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Workshop Addresses HFC Management [viewed]

UNEP OZONE13 July 2014: The Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Management provided an opportunity for focused and in-depth discussions on key issues related to HFC management. Sessions addressed four topics, namely: technical aspects; legal aspects; finance and technology transfer; and policies and measures. The workshop was convened in response to discussions held at the twenty-fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 25) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol).

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OECD Launches Data Portal [viewed]

OECD_NEW3 July 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has made available, in beta, a data portal that provides access to OECD statistical data, including charts, maps, tables and publications.

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Event: Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) [viewed]

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 16-17 July 2014, in Paris, France. The CCAC is a voluntary international framework that was launched in February 2012 by six governments and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to address short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) as an urgent and collective challenge. The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. The CCAC Working Group oversees the CCAC's cooperative actions.  

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