Factsheet
The Emissions Gap Report 2016: Annex A.1
United Nations Environment Programme

This Technical Annex to Chapter 3 of the 2016 UNEP Emissions Gap Report provides technical background to the computations supporting the discussion in the chapter. It reproduces parts of the Annex to Chapter 2a of the 2015 UNEP Emissions Gap Report.


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Book
Narrowing the Emissions Gap: Contributions from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Activities
The 1 Gigaton Coalition

While this report clearly demonstrates significant benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries, it also highlights untapped potential gains, which the Coalition aims to describe more fully in future reports. For example, REN21’s Global Status Report 2015 states that 164 countries have defined renewable energy targets in 2015, including 131 developing and emerging economies, meaning developing countries have a great capacity to contribute to emissions reductions. The extent to which this is being realized is of more than academic interest. Good examples and positive stories about renewable energy and energy efficiency are motivating more and more countries to take action.


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Book
Monitoring the Shift to Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the context of the SDGs: Advance Copy 2016-02-23
United Nations Environment Programme

This report constitutes an initial proposal to support the monitoring of SCP-related targets of the SDGs, using the SEEA framework. The report also proposes the development of a strategy for capacity building in the context of responding to the need for harmonised and quality assured indicators. Based on this approach and the analysis undertaken for this paper, we will also discuss more general indicators than those developed by the IAEG-SDGs process.


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Summary
Monitoring the Shift to Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the context of the SDGs: Advance Copy 2016-02-23: Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This report constitutes an initial proposal to support the monitoring of SCP-related targets of the SDGs, using the SEEA framework. The report also proposes the development of a strategy for capacity building in the context of responding to the need for harmonised and quality assured indicators. Based on this approach and the analysis undertaken for this paper, we will also discuss more general indicators than those developed by the IAEG-SDGs process.


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Information Notes
Interview with Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Following an extensive career focusing on environment and development in government and international organisations, Erik Solheim was elected to become head of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on May 13, 2016. He took the reins of the world’s leading global environmental authority in June, and Climate Action is delighted to feature an exclusive interview with the inspirational ‘Green Politician’.


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Reports
Responsible Resource Management for a Sustainable World: Findings from the International Resource Panel
United Nations Environment Programme

This synopsis highlights key findings from the following reports of the International Resource Panel: A) Priority products and materials: assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production; B) Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth; C) Metal Stocks in Society; D) Recycling Rates of Metals; and E) Assessing biofuels: towards sustainable production and use of resources.


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Working Document
Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development in the United States of America . Inquiry Working Paper 16/100
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper identifies the implications of time for investment in sustainability for both the public and the private sectors. It also explores the issue of the interplay between public benefits and investment decisions in terms of forms of governmental incentives favoured in the United States.


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Working Document
Government Subsidies to the Global Financial System: A Preliminary Exploration. Inquiry Working Paper 16/11
United Nations Environment Programme

The primary goal of the present study is to understand the character and to estimate the total value of subsidies, both direct and implicit, from governments to the private sector institutions that make up the global financial system. A secondary objective of this analysis is to deepen our understanding of the extent to which the existing suite of subsidies to the private financial sector tends to advance or obstruct the global effort to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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Reports
Green Finance for Developing Countries: Needs, Concerns and Innovations
United Nations Environment Programme

This briefing outlines key concerns and needs of developing countries in relation to green finance, particularly focusing on developing countries that are not members of the G20. It also highlights emerging innovations, drawing in particular from engagement with practitioners and regulators from Bangladesh, ColombiaEgypt, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, and the findings from the UNEP Inquiry’s country studies.


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Working Document
Definitions and Concepts: Background Note. Inquiry Working Paper 16/13
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper provides an initial mapping of existing practice in G20 and other countries and, where relevant internationally, highlights areas of convergence and difference, as well as distinctions between green, climate, and sustainable finance


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