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Publications

Scoping Study on Intra-ASEAN Value Chain Cooperation and Trade in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

This study closely reviewed existing trade in selected Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy technologies (air conditioners, refrigerators, lighting, distribution transformers, electric motors, solar PV and solar thermal) in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and identified the potential to further enhance intra-ASEAN supply chain integration for these technologies.

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Economia Verde, Relatório de Modelação - Moçambique

Despite its impressive macroeconomic performance, Mozambique still faces enormous challenges within socioeconomic development. The country is currently being confronted with severe losses in natural resources, due to degradation of water resources, deforestation, intensive fishing and soil erosion. The need arises to strengthen the sustainability of the country’s development pathway and to focus on poverty reduction and on the well-being of the population. In this context, the former Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Action (MICOA), in cooperation with UNEP, supported the formulation of policies within the framework of the green economy, which has been identified as one of the ways to achieve the above mentioned objectives. For this purpose, a macroeconomic simulation model has been used, which analyses different sectors (energy, fisheries, forests and mining) in their social, economic and environmental dimensions.
This simulation model is currently only available in Portuguese.

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Stocktaking on Inclusive Green Economy - Central Asia and Mongolia

The countries of the Central Asia region and Mongolia have a long history of social and economic ties, and this trend continues today. While they face a number of common challenges in their efforts to build sustainable economies and societies, they also share opportunities.
This report serves as a strong starting point with which policymakers and stakeholders in Central Asia and Mongolia can begin to address social and environmental challenges for their region.

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Green Economy Indicators - Rwanda

This set of Green Economy indicators seeks to assist the Government of Rwanda in the design of measurement frameworks that are necessary to guide and monitor the performance of the Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and other national policy instruments. The developed indicators are directly applicable to the sectoral programmes of action for agriculture, energy, forestry, mining and extractive industries, sanitation and urban development, transport, and water. Rwanda is a forerunner in this area and its commitment to formulating a measurement framework is a timely example for others who have chosen a green path to development.

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Fiscal reforms in the extractives sector for green finance

A key challenge facing many resource-rich countries is how to mobilize and effectively use volatile revenues from resource extraction, while addressing social and environmental externalities of mining activities. Fiscal reforms can help mobilize additional public revenues from the extractives sector, alongside adequate administration capacities and governance structures. By pricing externalities, green fiscal policies can help reduce negative environmental and social impacts of mining activities, leverage finance from the private sector and encourage sustainable practices.
A robust fiscal framework is needed to support transparent management and allocation of resource revenues. Strategically designed sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and natural resource funds (NRFs) can channel resource revenues to support delivery of the SDGs.

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Meeting Sustainability Goals- Voluntary Sustainability Standards and the Role of the Government

This report from the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS), of which UN Environment is a steering committee member, focuses on the role of governments in the promotion and dissemination of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS). It highlights the economic, environmental and social impacts and challenges of VSS implementation. This 2nd flagship report of the UNFSS also provides useful analysis of the drivers for government involvement in VSS and discusses how the standards relate to the international trade regime. The report is recommended for any stakeholder interested in understanding the relationship of VSS and public-private partnerships. 

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Scoping Study Summary - Saint Lucia

The objective of the study is to identify key challenges, opportunities, benefits, investments, and enabling conditions necessary to facilitate the greening of important economic activities in Saint Lucia, particularly in the sectors of energy, waste, agriculture, tourism and construction. The study provides useful information to key stakeholders in order to improve the formation of on-the-ground and policy initiatives to advance an inclusive green economy in Saint Lucia.
The scoping study outlines the macroeconomic tools and policy instruments necessary to make specific economic activities in Saint Lucia more economically resilient, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. 

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Scoping Study Summary - Jamaica

The Green Economy Scoping Study for Jamaica identifies and assesses key opportunities for greening country’s economy as a way to advance sustainable development. It describes the context and identifies opportunities at the macroeconomic level, as well as in five key sectors: energy, agriculture, construction, water and sewerage, and tourism. Based on a qualitative assessment of challenges and opportunities in the country, it proposes key policy and programme interventions that can advance a green economy.
The purpose of the study is to provide useful information to key stakeholders in order to improve the formation of on-the-ground and policy initiatives to advance an inclusive green economy in Jamaica.

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Résumé de l’étude sur les filières agricoles et le verdissement de l’économie dans le Département du Sud - Haiti

In Haiti, the link between natural resources and economic activity is inextricably linked. The economy of Haiti, as a whole, focuses on development of its natural resources, corn field crops and fruit trees, and the processing of these natural resources for export. However, environmental degradation in the country slows and even prevents growth in these sectors, thereby hindering job creation. 
This report provides a summary of the challenges, political context and key messages for delivering sustainable development through green economy in Haiti.
This report is currently only available in French.

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Fiscal Policy Analysis - Mauritius

Mauritius has embraced the objective of a green economy development path. A number of fiscal instruments for environmental protection and incentives for green investment are already in place. The Government and the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Commission have also pioneered a number of environmental policy initiatives. 
This study identifies areas with potential for improvement through the rationalization of current fiscal measures and the mobilization of further resources for innovation and investment. It sets out options for the reform of tax instruments applied to fuels used in electricity generation and transport, and identifies reforms to pricing policies pertaining to waste collection and domestic water.

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