Simon Upton

Building a case for green private investment

29 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

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Building a case for green private investment

Simon Upton

Environment Director, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Simon Upton is the Environment Director at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The Environment Directorate is responsible for Environmental Performance Reviews of Member Countries, the economic analysis of policy instruments used to improve environmental outcomes and a wide range of work related to water, biodiversity, climate and chemicals.  He has played a key role in the development of the OECD’s Green Growth Strategy

Mr Upton is a New Zealander, a Rhodes Scholar and former Member of Parliament.  He was Minister for Environment and Science & Technology during the 1990s.  He chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in 1999.  He has chaired the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD since 1998 and took over his current role as Environment Director in 2010. Mr Upton is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment & Development (CCICED).

Public-Private Partnerships as a policy instrument to advance green growth

Narae Lee

Managing Energy and Climate Change Finance Projects, Inter-American Development Bank

Narae has been managing energy and climate change finance projects at the Inter-American Development Bank past six years. She also actively writes and advocates for solutions to climate change, which was a crucial reference point as she co-authored the Green Growth Best Practice and was invited to speak at the various setting, including a recent conference by United Nations Development Program in Chile. Born and raised in South Korea, Narae studied Business and Economics at the Seoul National University and got her first master (MIA) with focus on international trade law at Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement in Switzerland. She is now completing her second master (Ms on Energy and Climate Change) at Johns Hopkins University.

How should we think about the benefits of green growth?

Russell Bishop

Senior Economic Advisor, GGGI Ethiopia Country Program

Russell Bishop is a Senior Economic Advisor for the Global Green Growth Institutes Ethiopia country program. His work experience prior to GGGI was in the UK’s Government Economic Service first working on UK fiscal policy and subsequently for the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC).  At the CCC he was involved in the formulation of the UK’s legally binding greenhouse gas emission targets and the assessment of climate change policy.

Research Programmes

The fiscal instruments research committee examines the challenges and opportunities associated with reforming environmentally perverse fiscal measures and provides policy guidance on an effective design and implementation of fiscal instruments for a green economic transition.

The trade and competitiveness research committee examines the effects of green growth policies on the patterns and volume of trade, on national and firm competitiveness, and on employment. This work stream, in the initial stages, is prioritizing the identification of data gaps and potential options for addressing them, particularly in developing countries.

The metrics and indicators research committee is first taking stock of existing green growth metrics – in terms of both coverage and methodology at the country level – and then identifying the main gaps and opportunities for new efforts in data collection, methodological work and indicator development.

The technology and innovation research committee explores the relationship between technology and behavioural change, ways to foster green creativity and entrepreneurship, barriers to the diffusion and adaptation of green technologies in developing countries, and policy instruments for promoting green innovation and technology diffusion.

Affiliated Programmes

The World Bank's "Data and Decision-Making Tools for Green Growth" initiative seeks to help the organization and its client countries to make investment and planning decisions that manage the deep uncertainty and disagreement associated with climate change, development patterns and other trends.
The Green Growth Best Practices (GGBP) initiative was set up to accelerate learning and to inform the design of green growth programmes, by undertaking an analysis of early experiences. GGBP engaged 75 authors in evaluating practices and lessons from cases of green growth programmes and strategies.

Latest Resources

University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

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