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The Green Fiscal Policy Network organizes regional workshops and other events on topics related to the role of fiscal policies in the transition to an inclusive green economy. Information on upcoming, recent and past events organised by the Network, our partners and other organisations can be found below.

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November 2017

RENAC Open Training on Environmental Fiscal Reform for the Energy Sector

November 20 @ 8:00 am - November 22 @ 5:00 pm CET
RENAC’s Training Center Berlin, Germany

Training seminar organised by the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) together with Green Budget Europe (GBE) will focus on environmental fiscal reform (EFR) policy instruments and the EFR policy cycle, the reform of environmentally harmful subsidies in the energy sector, measures to address social impacts of EFR, regulatory and pricing frameworks for renewable energy and linkages between fossil fuel subsidy reform and renewable energy deployment. The deadline for registration is 9 October 2017. For further information visit the RENAC website.

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COP23 side event: Supporting the implementation of the NDCs — the role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies

November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CET
World Conference Center Bonn (Bonn Zone), Rheinaue Parkı, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee
Bonn, 53175 Germany
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Fiscal policies such as carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform can mobilise revenues for climate finance and provide a cost-effective approach to reducing GHG emissions. The role of such instruments in supporting climate action is increasingly recognized and over 90 countries included some form of fiscal policies in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This event examined the role of carbon pricing and fiscal policies in implementing the NDCs. It brought together a panel of experts to discuss countries' commitments…

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October 2017

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

October 10 - October 11
OECD, Paris France

The OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) is an annual event aimed to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between countries and institutions interested in mobilising private investment financing for low carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure. Sessions will discuss a number of different issues including 'The role of publically capitalised green banks and public financial institutions in promoting investment in domestic green infrastructure', 'International public climate finance: Mobilising private investment to bridge financing gaps', and other issues.  Speakers include high-level representatives from…

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Climate Change 2017: Politics, Progress and Potential

October 9 @ 9:30 am - October 10 @ 1:30 pm BST
Chatham House, 10 St James's Square
London, SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom
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This 21st annual Chatham House Climate Change conference centers around the question of whether and how the ambition of policy-makers to take action on climate change needs to be reassessed in the context of Brexit and the new US presidential administration. Topics include the current extent of carbon pricing schemes and the prospects for expansion, climate change-related risks to financial markets and efforts to manage these and the problem of under-realized mitigation opportunities (such as land use, international transport and…

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September 2017

Technical expert group on fossil fuel subsidy indicator for SDG12c

September 29 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CEST

In the context of monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Environment is the custodian of indicator 12.c.1 on fossil fuel subsidies. To support the development of a methodology to measure fossil fuel subsidies, UN Environment, in collaboration with the Italian G7 Presidency, convened a meeting of technical experts on 29 September 2017 in Rome, Italy. UN Environment commissioned and presented a methodological options paper, which is being developed by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the Organizations…

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Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets

September 27 @ 9:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm CEST
Società Geografica Italiana, Società Geografica Italiana, Via della Navicella, 12
Rome, 00184 Italy
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On 27-28 September, Italy, as the 2017 G7 Environment Presidency and co-chaired with Germany, a Second Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets in Villa Celimontana at the Società Geografica Italiana. In addition to the G7 countries, participants included approximately 70 officials coming from 9 non-G7 Countries and 10 International Organizations engaged in utilizing carbon markets. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate an open dialogue between countries on subjects relating to carbon markets, to consolidate…

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18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET18)

September 27 - September 29
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ AZ 85704 United States
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The Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET) has been held every year since 2000, bringing together specialists from around the world and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings on environmental taxation and other market-based instruments. GCET18 was hosted by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and focused on Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives. Topics explored at the conference included: Climate change policy, biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship, pollution…

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July 2017

The Uncertain Transition Away From Coal — Stories from China and the United States

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Woodrow Wilson Center – 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA United States

After many years of US-China collaboration on clean energy and greenhouse gas mitigation, the world’s two largest energy consumers have found themselves at the crossroads and taking different paths. The Trump administration has demonstrated an intent to funnel new policy support toward coal fired power and to cut back programs that encourage renewables. China, while still expected to lead the world in coal consumption for the foreseeable future, is undergoing a massive transformation in its coal sector. This event organized…

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Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

July 12 - July 21
Columbia University New York, United States

This annual Executive Training is organised by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). The program focuses on responsible investment in the agriculture sector, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities including developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks; negotiating equitable deals with investors; leveraging investments for greater sustainable development outcomes; and mitigating environmental impacts while protecting human rights. For further details about the programme, visit the CCSI website.

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June 2017

Energy Transitions, Fossil Fuel Subsidies and International Law

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST
Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati, 50139 Firenze, Italy

Climate scientists have argued that oil, gas and coal reserves must remain unexploited to limit global warming increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Yet governments are continuing to provide financial support for the increased production and consumption of such reserves. This lecture organised by the European University Institute (EUI) by Dr Margaret A. Young (Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School) demonstrates that states have fragmented international legal obligations regarding support for fossil fuel production. It traverses the trade regime's…

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