UNCTAD has published this first in a series of volumes focusing on issues pertinent to "green" economic growth, in run-up to 2012 global conference on green economy, two decades after 1992 Rio "Earth Summit".

As an intellectual contribution to the preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, a.k.a. Rio +20), Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future convened a task force of experts to discuss the role of institutions in the actualization of a green economy in the context of sustainable development.

The Commission is preparing an Energy Roadmap to 2050 to be adopted by the end of 2011. This Energy Roadmap will follow the Low Carbon Economy Roadmap 2050 adopted by the Commission on 8 March 2011 and focus on decarbonisation in the energy sector.

Reaching the 80% 2050 emissions reduction target while securing the benefits of transitioning towards a low carbon economy.

The Parikh panel constituted by the Planning Commission a year ago to prepare a strategy for making the country a low carbon emission economy, will submit its report in the first week of March.

"The report would focus on four broad areas, including electrical (appliances) efficiency," Parikh said.

The other areas that would be covered include the efficient supply, distribution and production

The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide.

The new UNEP report demonstrates that a transition to a green economy is possible by investing 2% of global GDP per year (currently about US 1.3 trillion) between now and 2050 in a green transformation of key sectors, including agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, tourism, transport, water &  waste management.

This document is the Policy Research Working Paper by the World  Bank. Scaling-up adoption of renewable energy technology, such as solar home systems, to expand electricity access in developing countries can accelerate the transition to

This paper illustrates the environmental elements of a strategy towards the creation of sustainable enterprises by highlighting impacts on employment of different environmental instruments and policies.

Scaling-up adoption of renewable energy technology—such as solar home systems (SHS)—to expand electricity access in developing countries can accelerate the transition to low-carbon economic development. Using a national household survey, this study quantifies the carbon and distributional benefits of SHS programs in Bangladesh. Three key findings are generated from