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Photo: Aage Jørgensen
Photo: Aage Jørgensen

Academics, governments and practitioners jointly call for global green fiscal reform

More than 200 academics, policy makers and experts are together in Venice, Italy, this week to jointly discuss and debate a large emerging body of research on green fiscal policy, triggered by the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) for its Third Annual Conference.

Hosted by the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the conference takes place on 29-30 January on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”.

Fiscal measures in the form of taxes, charges, subsidies, incentives and budget allocations can help generate revenue for environmental and social purposes, shift behaviour towards low-carbon activities and stimulate green investment by pricing environmental externalities.

Topics covered by conference include fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform, transportation systems, environmental taxes in developing countries, incentives for investment in clean energy and more.

The outcomes of the conference will be used by the GGKP and its partners to promote innovative thinking around fiscal policy and to drive forward a global research agenda to address key knowledge gaps identified in the use of fiscal instruments in support of low carbon development and green economy transition.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global partnership of international organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to low carbon development and a green economy. The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.

Nordic Development Fund (NDF) joined GGKP as knowledge partner in 2013. NDF and the other GGKP partners met in a workshop the day before the annual conference to discuss the status of GGKP research and knowledge management in order to identify future priorities and activities.

More information on the conference can be found at:
GGKP Conference 2015