Introducing the Sustainability Working Group
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2015 is set to be a pivotal year for sustainability, with the Sustainable Development Goals likely to be adopted in September and a new climate change treaty expected at COP 21 in December. With the Turkish G20 Presidency putting renewable energy, energy access and climate finance on the agenda, the 2015 G20 offers a chance for some of the world’s largest economies to take concrete action to promote sustainable development.
The C20 Sustainability Working Group is responsible for consulting widely with civil society organisations from around the world and developing specific recommendations for the G20 on these issues.
C20 Sustainability Policy Paper
After months of extensive consultation, the C20 Sustainability Working Group published its final policy paper, setting out the C20’s detailed policy positions and recommendations to the G20 in 2015. To see the full policy paper, please follow the link below:
Key background documents
- 2015 Sustainability Policy Recommendations (first draft for consultation, June 2015).
- C20 Sustainability Background Paper: an overview of the G20’s positions on issues of renewable energy, energy access, climate change and climate finance.
Civil society positions
- CAN (Climate Action Network) position on climate finance (May 2015)
- The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal exploration (ODI and Oil Change International, November 2014)
- 'The age of megaprojects' - (Nancy Alexander, 10 July 2015, Project Syndicate)
- Summary of G20 commitments on sustainability issues since 2012 (prepared by C20 Turkey).
- Summary of the policy recommendations of the B20, T20 and L20 on sustainability issues since 2012 (prepared by C20 Turkey).
- Key G20 positions and documents:
- G20 Climate Finance Study Group Report to Finance Ministers (September 2014).
- G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan (November 2014)
- G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Chairs’ Report (November 2014)
- G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration (November 2014)
Relevant international documents
- G7 Leaders Declaration (June 2015)
- IMF Working Paper: How large are global energy subsidies? (May 2015)