Reports & Publications

This online library collects selected publications covering the full range of climate issues: emissions & mitigation, impacts and adaptation, negotiations and policies, energy, economy and carbon pricing, society and media.

Financing urban adaptation to climate change

In this publication the European Environment Agency collects and presents examples of municipalities that have found innovative ways to overcome the challenge of meeting the costs of adaptation measures for climate change. The report offers insights into lessons learned on the ground regarding the most successful approaches, the difficulties encountered and overcome and the key success factors in read more…

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart read more…

RISE – Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy 2016

RISE is a tool for policymakers to compare national policy frameworks for sustainable energy and identify opportunities to attract investment. Developed by the World Bank with external contributions, RISE assesses countries’ policy support for each of the three pillars of sustainable energy – access to modern energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. With 27 indicators read more…

A stress test for coal in Europe under the Paris Agreement

The long-term temperature goal adopted under the Paris Agreement requires a rapid decarbonisation of the global power sector. In this report, Climate Analytics presents a methodology to determine a phase-out schedule for coal power plants in the European Union. The report suggests two possible strategies for how the EU could achieve a complete phase out of coal use read more…

Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016

The report by the European Environment Agency assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and its impacts across Europe. It finds that better and more flexible adaptation strategies, policies and measures will be crucial to lessen these impacts. This is the fourth ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe’ report, which is published every read more…

Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an economic metric intended to provide a comprehensive estimate of the net damages – that is, the monetized value of the net impacts, both negative and positive – from the global climate change that results from a small (1-metric ton) increase in carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions. Under Executive Orders read more…

Better Business, Better World

The new report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission affirms that putting the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of the world’s economic strategy could unleash a step-change in growth and productivity, opening opportunities worth up to US$12 trillion and creating 380 million jobs by 2030. More information on the Commission’s website.