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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.

Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energy

This report of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which was written by the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD and Gaia Consulting, estimates fossil fuel subsidies to be around USD 425 billion. Such subsidies represent large lost opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. Removal of consumer subsidies can lead read more…

2017 State of the EU ETS Report

The 2017 State of the EU ETS Report provides an assessment of the Emission Trading Scheme of the European Union (EU ETS), which is at the heart of the EU climate and energy policy. The EU ETS has been crucial to deliver short-term environmental targets. However, the authors conclude that for the mid- to long-term, read more…

Financing the Energy Transition: Are World Bank, IFC, and ADB Energy Supply Investments Supporting a Low-Carbon Future?

Finance provided and catalyzed by multilateral development banks (MDBs) will help pay for implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement in many developing countries. Although MDBs already track and report on their climate finance, less is known about how investments across their entire energy supply portfolios relate to achieving sustainable read more…

Mobilising Bond Markets for a Low-Carbon Transition

This report of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) describes the development of the green bond market as an innovative instrument for green finance, and provides a review of policy actions and options to promote further market development and growth. Since 2007-08, so-called “green bonds” have emerged and the market has risen from read more…

Renewable energy in Europe 2017 – Recent growth and knock-on effects

Addressing climate change requires a globally coordinated, long-term response across all economic sectors. The 2015 Paris Agreement provides the framework for limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and for pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Early in this process, the European Union has adopted ambitious and read more…

2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017 by the World Bank provides maps, charts and analysis to illustrate, trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Atlas is part of the World Bank’s World Development Indicators (WDI) publications and statistical resources. The publication can be browsed online and is available read more…

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017

The report by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, offers an analysis of trends and issues in the financing of renewable energy. According to the 2017 edition, “More for less” was the story of renewable energy in 2016. Global new investment in renewables excluding large hydro fell by 23 percent read more…