Environment Directorate

Focus

  • OECD on the Road to COP21

    World leaders are facing a fundamental dilemma: take strong action to address the risks associated with climate change, or see the ability to limit this threat slip from their grasp. Check out how the OECD is contributing to get a successful outcome in December at COP21 in Paris.

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  • Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy

    Synthesis of the four organisations, OECD, IEA, NEA and the ITF’s initial diagnosis of where and how existing policy and regulatory frameworks may not be aligned with a low-carbon economy. This major collaborative report responds to a request made by ministers and representatives of OECD member countries and the European Union to identify where existing policy and regulatory frameworks are at odds with climate policy, i.e. where existing policies may make climate policy less effective than it could be otherwise.

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  • Climate Change Risks and Adaptation

    Climate change is giving rise to diverse risks, ranging from changing incidences of tropical diseases to increased risks of drought, varying widely in their potential severity, frequency and predictability. Building on the experience of OECD countries, this report sets out how the latest economic evidence and tools can enable better policy making for adaptation.

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We help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.

FOCUS on CLIMATE

VIDEO: Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy




Outside of countries’ core climate policies, many of the regulatory features of today’s economies have been built around the availability of fossil fuels and without any regard for the greenhouse gas emissions stemming from human activities.

This forthcoming report makes a diagnosis of these contradictions and points to means of solving them to support a more effective transition of all countries to a low-carbon economy.

 

OECD work on environment 2015-16

What we do - Help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.

What we are - An extension to national governments’ analytical capacity, providing policy-relevant analysis and recommendations based on reliable environmental data, outlooks and cross-country experiences. A forum for governments and representatives from business and civil society for constructive dialogue on how best to develop and implement environmental policies across OECD and other countries.

Who we serve - OECD has 34 member countries and enhances its engagement with Brazil, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.

 

Did you know?

  • Global emissions of CO2 from the energy sector have grown by more than 1.5% per year since 1990. Explicit carbon pricing and supporting policies can help control this growth.

  • Although 60% of the world's population lives in Asia, the continent has only 36% of the world's water resources.

  • A global carbon market could help reduce "carbon leakage" where industries migrate to locations with no climate change mitigation policies.

Watch our video on Environment Key Facts.

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