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Growing green : the economic benefits of climate action

Author: Uwe Deichmann; Fan Zhang; World Bank,
Publisher: Washington, DC : World Bank, [2013]
Series: Eastern Europe and central Asia reports.
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Pollution from fossil fuels and degraded natural lands are raising the earth's temperature. The evidence of the causes of global warming is clear, as are its consequences. The economic impacts of climate change are already apparent and they threaten development gains. Extreme weather events have brought severe droughts to Central Asia, heat waves and forest fires to Russia, and floods to Southeastern Europe.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Deichmann, Uwe.
Growing green.
Washington, DC : World Bank, [2013]
(DLC) 2012047950
(OCoLC)824696787
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Uwe Deichmann; Fan Zhang; World Bank,
ISBN: 0821397923 9780821397923
OCLC Number: 843079801
Description: 1 online resource (xxxiv, 385 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Key Country Groups (45 European Countries) --
1. Introduction --
A Third Transition --
Costs of Climate Action --
The Elements of a Climate Action Strategy --
Outline of the Report --
Spotlights --
Notes --
References --
Spotlight 1. The Climate Challenge --
Notes --
References --
1. Priorities for a Low-Carbon Transformation --
2. Energy Efficiency --
Energy Intensities Still High but Converging With Growth after Transition, Improvements in Energy Intensity --
Lower Energy Intensity Insufficient to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions --
Why Promoting Energy Efficiency Is Often Difficult --
Policies that Have Worked --
Environmental Taxes --
Financing the Energy Transition --
Notes --
References --
3. Cleaner Energy --
Supplying Reliable, Sustainable, and Affordable Power --
Uncertainties: Regulation, Technology, and Climate --
Notes --
References --
Spotlight 2. Emission Trends in the Europe and Central Asia Region --
Notes --
References --
II. Promoting Growth and Ensuring Social Inclusion --
4. Economic Growth --
Foreign Investment and Trade --
Innovation --
Notes --
References --
5. Social Inclusion --
Labor Markets --
Distributional Impacts of Energy Price Reform --
Health Impacts --
Notes --
References --
Spotlight 3. Why Climate Action Is a Harder Sell in ECA --
Notes --
References --
III. Sectoral Priorities --
6. Power --
Natural Gas --
Carbon Capture and Storage --
Nuclear Power --
Renewable Energy --
Notes --
References --
7. Production --
ECA's Industrial Energy Intensities --
A Region Catching Up --
Structural or Efficiency Change --
Industrial Energy Efficiency: Where Are the Low-Hanging Fruits? --
Closing the Efficiency Gap --
Notes --
References --
8. Mobility --
Emissions from the Transport Sector --
The Broader Benefits of Sustainable Mobility --
Climate-Smart Mobility Policies --
Multimodal Mobility --
Notes --
References --
9. Cities --
Buildings --
Public Services --
Urban Form --
Notes --
References --
10. Farms and Forests --
Agriculture --
Forests --
The Way Forward --
Notes --
References.
Series Title: Eastern Europe and central Asia reports.
Responsibility: Uwe Deichmann and Fan Zhang.

Abstract:

Pollution from fossil fuels and degraded natural lands are raising the earth's temperature. The evidence of the causes of global warming is clear, as are its consequences. The economic impacts of climate change are already apparent and they threaten development gains. Extreme weather events have brought severe droughts to Central Asia, heat waves and forest fires to Russia, and floods to Southeastern Europe. Unchecked emissions will come at rising economic cost and increasing risk to individuals. There is a clear case for all of the world's economies to move to a low-carbon growth path. Yet, climate action has been inadequate, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA). With prospects of a global climate agreement uncertain, this report identifies the actions that governments in the region can take to reduce the carbon footprints of their economies. It shows that many of these actions will more than pay for themselves--and quite quickly when indirect benefits such as better health and increased competitiveness are considered. To realize these benefits, policy makers in ECA need to quickly move on three sets of priorities: use energy much more efficiently, gradually move to cleaner energy sources, and increase carbon capture in soils and forests. This will require transformations in power generation, industrial production, mobility, city living, and in farming and forestry. Policy makers are justifiably worried that climate action may jeopardize economic performance and strain the budgets of poorer families. The report shows how well-designed growth and social policies can make climate action growth-enhancing while protecting the living standards of less-well-off households.

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