Environment Directorate

Focus

  • Highlights: Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

    This report presents global projections of materials use and their environmental consequences, providing a quantitative outlook to 2060 at the global, sectoral and regional levels for 61 different materials (biomass resources, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic minerals).

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  • Synthesis report: Financing Climate Futures

    25 September, New York - The OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group hosted a high-level discussion on their joint initiative,“Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure”. Scaling-up and shifting financial flows to low-emission and resilient infrastructure investments is critical to delivering on the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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  • Report: Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

    The need to mainstream biodiversity into economic growth and development is recognised and is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on experiences and insights from 16 megadiverse countries, this report examines how biodiversity is being mainstreamed in four key areas: 1) at the national level; 2) in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors; 3) in development co-operation; 4) in monitoring and evaluation efforts.

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

video: PUSHING OUR CITY LIMITS

As the world’s cities are growing, urban sprawl is getting worse. An new OECD study of 1,100 cities shows 60% of space is now low-density. This erratic city growth is damaging the environment. What can policy makers and governments do to move towards more sustainable cities?

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missed the GREEN TALK live ON RETHINKING URBAN SPRAWL? watch the video recording

‌Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population and are the engines of economic growth and employment. However, cities also face major environmental, economic and social challenges, many of which are associated with the fact that urban development has occurred. Urban sprawl, a particular form of development, is often cited as a driver of several of these challenges, including greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, road congestion and lack of affordable housing.

  • What exactly is urban sprawl and how can it be measured?
  • Are cities in OECD countries sprawling and how is this impacting the environment?


On 14 June, Walid Oueslati and Ioannis Tikoudis of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed the state, evolution and implications of urban sprawl, and policy actions to incentivise greener urban development patterns. The presentation drew on the OECD report Rethinking Urban Sprawl: Moving Towards Sustainable Cities. Watch the video recording.



OECD WORK ON ENVIRONMENT 2017-18

This brochure details how our Organisation is helping governments face up to cross-cutting, systemic challenges with a more holistic approach that is increasingly joining the dots between environment, growth and equity:

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