Fiscal Instruments

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Government taxes, charges and subsidies create powerful incentives for producers, consumers and investors, and how these fiscal instruments are employed paves the way for green growth. The Fiscal Instruments Research Committee, which was run from 2013-2016, examined the challenges and opportunities associated with reforming environmentally perverse fiscal measures and provided policy guidance on the effective design and implementation of fiscal instruments for the green economy transition. In particular, the committee was tasked with developing background research papers tabled and discussed at the Third GGKP Annual Conference, held in January 2015.


Committee Members

Climate Change Expert Green Economy Initiative, Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP
Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy ExpertFiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund
DirectorAssociation for Environmental and Community Development (ACED)
Senior FellowCenter for Economic Research at the University of Bonn
Senior FellowAsia Research Center at the London School of Economics (LSE)
Head of Green FinanceWWF Global Climate and Energy Initiative
Founder & DirectorCouncil on Economic Policies (CEP)
Economic Affairs OfficerUnited Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
HeadTax and the Environment Unit, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lead EconomistGlobal Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank
Senior Research FellowAfrican Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
ChiefSustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS)
Deputy CEOPolicy and Programmes, CDKN
Associate Fellow,The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
DirectorGlobal Cooperation Division, Green Technology Center - Korea
Research Officer & EconomistInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Senior EconomistGlobal Commission on the Economy and Climate


This Committee published six working papers around the theme of fiscal policy and the green economy transition. Initial drafts of these papers were presented at the GGKP's Third Annual Conference in January 2015. The working papers, available in the GGKP Resource Library, include:

A summary of research priorities being undertaken by the Committee can be found here

Additional Resources

A full list of resources on fiscal instruments can be accessed through the GGKP's "Fiscal Instruments" theme page or through the GGKP's resource library.