Environment Directorate


  • Project on Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition

    The OECD is undertaking a major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy in the context of the German G20 Presidency. The final report from the project, entitled "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth", will be launched in the margins of the Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May 2017.

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  • New Zealand 2017

    This report is the third Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on water resources management and sustainable urban development.

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  • Tackling the diffuse water pollution challenge

    OECD countries have struggled to adequately address diffuse water pollution. It is much easier to regulate point source industrial and municipal polluters than engage with a large number of farmers and other land-users where variable factors like climate, soil and politics come into play. But, as the report points out, the cumulative effects of diffuse water pollution can be devastating for human well-being and ecosystem health. Ultimately, they can undermine sustainable economic growth. The report presents a risk-based policy framework to tackle this challenge.

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OECD Green Talks: Environmental impacts of 3d printing



3D printing has gained popularity in recent years with the 3D manufacturing market projected to grow at around 20% each year until 2020. Annual printer sales are projected to exceed $10 billion by 2021.


3D printing may be growing rapidly and innovations abound, but what does this mean for the environment?


During a Green Talks LIVE webinar on 27 February 2017 Shardul Agrawala of the OECD presented on the potential benefits and drawbacks of widespread 3D printing and what it means for environmental sustainability in OECD countries and beyond.