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Fiscal and regulatory instruments for clean technology development in the European Union

Fiscal and regulatory instruments for clean technology development in the European Union

a policy paper by Antoine Dechezleprêtre  26 June, 2015

The cost of existing environment-friendly technologies, such as wind turbines and SO2 scrubbers, needs to be brought down so that they can be deployed on a large scale, … read more »


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Invention and diffusion of water supply and water efficiency technologies: insights from a global patent dataset

a working paper by Declan Conway, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Nick Johnstone, Ivan Haščič  24 June, 2015

This paper identifies over 50 000 patents filed worldwide in various water-related technologies between 1990 and 2010, distinguishing between those related to availability (supply) and conservation (demand) technologies. Patenting activity … read more »


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Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

a policy report by Samuela Bassi, Rodney Boyd, Simon Buckle, Paul Fennell, Niall Mac Dowell, Zen Makuch, Iain Staffell  16 June, 2015

Headline issue: a gap between CCS ambition and reality To meet climate change targets, European Union (EU) countries need to significantly increase investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and … read more »


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China’s “new normal”: structural change, better growth, and peak emissions

a policy report by Fergus Green, Nicholas Stern  8 June, 2015

Study shows that China has entered a new phase of economic development – continuing to promote economic growth while driving down its GHG emissions. read more »


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Discounting disentangled: an expert survey on the determinants of the long-term social discount rate

a working paper by Ben Groom, Mark C. Freeman, Frikk Nesje, Moritz Drupp  5 June, 2015

This working paper finds that current policy guidance concerning social discounting and the evaluation of long-term public projects needs to be updated. read more »


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2015 Global Climate Legislation Study

a policy report by Michal Nachmany, Samuel Fankhauser, Jana Davidová, Nick Kingsmill, Tucker Landesman, Hitomi Roppongi, Philip Schleifer, Joana Setzer, Amelia Sharman, C. Stolle Singleton, Jayaraj Sundaresan, Terry Townshend  31 May, 2015

This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. The study covers 98 countries plus the EU, which together account for 93 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. read more »


The European Union emissions trading system and the market stability reserve: optimal dynamic supply adjustment

The European Union emissions trading system and the market stability reserve: optimal dynamic supply adjustment

a working paper by Luca Taschini, Sascha Kollenberg  29 May, 2015

This working paper analyses the design of the market stability reserve proposed as part of the reform of the European Union emissions trading system. read more »


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Statistical corruption in Beijing’s air quality data has likely ended in 2012

a working paper by Thomas Stoerk  28 May, 2015

This research documents changes in likely misreporting in official air quality data from Beijing for the years 2008 to 2013. The findings suggest that misreporting of air quality data for Beijing has likely ended in 2012. read more »


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Understanding the demand for REDD+ credits

a working paper by Tim Laing, Luca Taschini, Charles Palmer, Wolf Heinrich Reuter, Sabine Fuss, Johanna Wehkamp  27 May, 2015

REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), broadened to REDD+, has recently emerged as a potentially important component of the global policy mix to mitigate climate change. In this … read more »


The effects of climate change on internal and international migration: implications for developing countries

The effects of climate change on internal and international migration: implications for developing countries

a working paper by Maria Waldinger  19 May, 2015

This synthesis paper informs the development community about the effects of climate change on migration patterns within and out of developing countries, concentrating on the economic aspects of migration. Empirical … read more »


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