On 29-30 January 2015, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) held its Third Annual Conference on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”, in partnership with Ca’Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on the Ca’ Foscari University campus in Venice, Italy.
The conference brought together the world’s leading researchers, experts and policy makers to jointly discuss and debate the efficacy, geographical applicability and policy implications of various fiscal instruments in the transition to a green economy.
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.
In line with the mission of the GGKP, the conference aimed to promote cutting-edge research, identify lessons learned, stimulate innovative thinking around fiscal policy and identify knowledge gaps to catalyse further applied research. Through 21 plenary and parallel sessions, over 50 research papers were presented and discussed by over 120 speakers.
Below are some examples of session topics covered at the conference:
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network 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 a green economy.
The GGKP was established in January 2012 by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank.
This group has since expanded to include a large, diverse group of Knowledge Partners, comprising leading institutions and organisations active in areas related to green growth and green economy at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
The GGKP operates based on the understanding that knowledge leads to lasting impact and that investing in its generation, management and dissemination manifests concrete results.
To accomplish this mission the GGKP adopts the following strategy:
Increasing impact through collaboration and coordination
The GGKP is a results-orientated initiative that emphasises a practical orientation for research grounded in the belief that the best policy can only emerge from close collaboration amongst researchers, practitioners, policymakers and the private sector.
By facilitating and encouraging collaboration amongst GGKP partners and the green growth community, research redundancies are reduced whilst efficiencies are increased, bridging across disciplines and regions.
Through the identification of key knowledge gaps, the GGKP catalyses the research needed to inform and guide the green growth community on the actions required in transitioning to a green economy.
Empowering others through knowledge sharing and management.
The GGPK is a leading global platform that empowers and energises others to take action by creating and sharing the best research and tools for green growth.
Scalability is at the heart of GGKP.
By investing in innovative communications such as a robust social media presence through Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and YouTube; and the “Insights” blog, the GGKP allows green growth experts to share their perspective on recent research, increase the impact of their work, and promote upcoming events or newly launched projects. The GGKP measures its impact through the actions taken by governments and leading policymakers to realise a greener future that benefits all.
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