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Fiscal experts and policymakers to gather for the Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From 29-30 January 2015, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is holding its Third Annual Conference on the theme of “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”. The conference, held in partnership with Ca’Foscari University of Venice, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will take place on the Ca’ Foscari University campus in Venice, Italy.

The conference will bring 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 aims to promote cutting-edge research, identify lessons learned, stimulate innovative thinking around fiscal policy and identify knowledge gaps to catalyse further applied research. Through a mix of 21 plenary and parallel sessions, over 50 research papers will be presented and discussed by over 120 speakers.

Below are some examples of session topics that will be covered at the conference:

  • Overcoming obstacles to green fiscal reform
  • Creating incentives for investment in clean energy
  • Pricing for sustainable water management
  • Fiscal measures for climate action
  • Environmental taxes in developing countries

The full list of sessions can be found here.