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Case Study, Guidelines
UNEP Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws
United Nations Environment Programme

The Guide describes the key legal issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resource development, and presents legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them, including sample excerpts from legislation.


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2016
Annual Report
Asian Development Outlook 2014: Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Developing Asia is expected to extend its steady growth. The region's growth is projected to edge up from 6.1% in 2013 to 6.2% in 2014 and 6.4% in 2015. Moderating growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as its economy adjusts to more balanced growth will offset to some extent the stronger demand expected from the industrial countries as their economies recover. Risks to the outlook have eased and are manageable. The monetary policy shift in the United States (US) may invite some volatility ahead in financial markets, albeit mitigated by accommodative monetary policy in Japan and the euro area. The regional growth outlook depends on continued recovery in the major industrial economies and on the PRC managing to contain internal credit growth smoothly. Greater Public Spending Needed to Reduce Inequality Widening income gaps in developing Asia strengthens the case for greater use of fiscal policy to foster equality of opportunity. While the region has benefited from fiscal prudence in the past, demographic and environmental challenges are expected to compete for public resources in the coming years. To boost public spending on equity-enhancing programs such as education and health without undermining fiscal sustainability, the authorities will need to explore a wide range of options for mobilizing revenue and to build equity objectives into their fiscal plans.


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2014
Assessment report
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Water Quality Forecasting System
Ministry of Environment - Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

The Ministry of Environment and the National Institute of Environmental Research has been running the Water Quality Forecasting System at 16 weirs of the four major rivers since 2012, after conducting test-operation over the Sejong Weir segment since August 1, 2011. The Water Quality Forecasting System is a method of forecasting changes to water quality and reporting the result using numerical modeling based on pollution source, water quality assessment data, hydro-meteorological data, and weather forecasting data 1). Currently, it provides water quality forecast services on water temperature and Chlorophyll-a (\"Chl-a\") of 16 weirs of the four major rivers for the next week. From 2009 to 2012, the Korean government conducted the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project to prevent floods and droughts in the four major rivers - Han river, Nakdong river, Geum river, and Yeongsan river and to restore the water quality and ecosystem. As part of the project, 16 weirs were constructed along the four rivers to secure 8 tons of water, to maintain the water levels of the upper regions and to prepare against extreme droughts2). The Water Quality Forecasting System was introduced to detect the changes of the river water quality, and to enable proactive management.


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2013
Bulletin
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Korean Government Policy to Support the Domestic Environmental Industry and Technology Export
Ministry of Environment - Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

Small and medium-sized businesses play an important role in the environmental industry and technology development in Korea, occupying a 90% share of the entire industry. Of Korea’s environmental industries and technologies, sewage/waste water disposal and waste disposal technology as well as environmental equipment have gained a world-class status with significant price competitiveness. The Korean government has been implementing various environmental industry promotion policies to support early overseas market entry of Korean small and medium-sized firms and their efforts to attract project orders. To support environmental technology exports the government provides tailored support for Korean enterprises' overseas market entry by phase – from the collection of information on overseas markets to the establishment of a network for global environmental cooperation and winning overseas project contracts. As part of its efforts to build a network for global cooperation and identify overseas projects, the Korean government also operates the Eco-Trade Support Center for Environmental Business to establish an overseas environmental information network for initial overseas market entry: provides market entry consulting and country-specific legal advice: and supports the establishment of Environmental Improvement Master Plan, mainly for developing countries.


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2013
Annual Report
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific's Future - Expanded version
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB's operations and corporate footprint during 2011-2012. The Sustainability Report is accompanied by its expanded online version that provides a more detailed review of ADB's sustainability performance and includes an extensive response to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Throughout the expanded online version, hyperlinks provide access to further information on the ADB website www.adb.org and elsewhere.


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2013
Bulletin
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Recyclable Resources Market in Korea
Ministry of Environment - Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

Lately, the optimized waste management system has moved into its stabilization phase, but the quantity of wastes continues to increase, thus accentuating the need to reinforce a policy for promoting the recycling of wastes. In this light, Recyclable Resources Market has been created and currently is in operation. The target is to recover the high value imbedded in recirculation of waste resources, which were previously subjected to incineration, burial or simple reuse. As an optimized and customized marketplace for online trading between suppliers and consumers of wastes, Recyclable Resources Market is a system in which from provided by registered suppliers who registers information of type, characteristics, quantity, and quality of waste.


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2013
Annual Report
Environment Operational Directions 2013–2020
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

In the context of Strategy 2020 and in the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), ADB prepared the report Environment Operational Directions, 2013–2020. The report aims to provide a coherent overview of its environment operations and to articulate how it will step up efforts to help the region achieve a transition to environmentally sustainable growth or green growth. Building on ADB sector and thematic plans, this paper provides a brief review of recent ADB experience in environment operations, and identifies effective approaches for the development of “greener” country partnership strategies, investment projects, and associated knowledge and technical assistance activities. The paper is aligned with key elements of relevant ADB sector and thematic operational plans, particularly for sectors where environmental sustainability is a priority. These include the Sustainable Transport Initiative Operational Plan, the Urban Operational Plan, the Water Operational Plan, the Energy Policy, and the Sustainable Food Security Plan, as well as the Climate Change Strategic Priorities.


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2013
Assessment report
2013 ECOREA;Environmental Review 2013
Ministry of Environment - Republic of Korea

Over the last half a century, Korea has transformed itself from an agricultural country to a highly industrialized country. During the process, various environmental challenges have emerged. The Environment Administration was established in 1980 in response to those challenges and upgraded to the Ministry of Environment in 1990


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2013
Bulletin
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin -Greenstart Movement
Ministry of Environment - Korea Environment Institute - Republic of Korea

The Ministry of Environment has been developing a nationwide Greenstart movement since 2008 to realize low carbon green growth as a national vision and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions effectively. The Greenstart movement has been focused on reducing greenhouse gas through civil and government cooperation, raising the level of consciousness of citizens along with technological development through synergistic effects, and playing a role to stabilize the green lifestyle culture. Since October of 2008, after initiating a nationwide network, 246 local networks have been established, and various activities have been developed such as fostering green leaders, climate change week events, climate change education activation, and green life campaigns by season.


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2013
Annual Report
Asian Development Outlook 2013 Update: Governance and Public Service Delivery
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The annual Asian Development Outlook, generally launched in April, presents an analysis of developing Asia’s recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next 2 years. This Update shows whether these forecasts were met, explaining divergence between forecasts and the actual outturn, and firms the forecasts for the next 18 months or so.


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2013