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  • 5-June-2013


    World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

    Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

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  • 14-May-2013


    Effectiveness of Policies and Strategies to Increase the Capacity Utilisation of Intermittent Renewable Power Plants - Environment Working Paper No. 57

    Intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, will become increasingly important in the electricity supply mix if ambitious renewable energy targets are to be met. This paper presents evidence on the effectiveness of different strategies and measures to increase the capacity utilisation of wind and other intermittent renewable energy plants.

  • 26-April-2013


    Environmental Policy and Firm-Level Management

    During the last few years OECD countries have witnessed an increased awareness on the part of firms of the potential to realise certain commercial objectives through improved environmental performance.

  • 8-March-2013

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    Brochure: Project on Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation (EPTI)

    It is vitally important that environmental policies and policy instruments provide the right incentives for the development and diffusion of ‘environmental’technologies. Read our brochure for more information on this project.

  • 27-February-2013


    Indicator of environmental technologies (ENV-Tech Indicator)

    This site has been created in order to share information and facilitate research on ‘environmental’ innovation. The intended audience is the professional public. The definitions that will be published here are an outcome of extensive groundwork by many researchers.

  • 12-February-2013

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    Policy Brief: Greening Household Behaviour - Environmental Policy and Individual Change (EPIC) surveys

    These surveys represent a breakthrough by providing a common framework to collect empirical evidence which can be used in order to design more effective and efficient policies while taking into account social aspects. Five areas where households exert particular environmental pressures are examined: residential energy and water use, transport choices, food consumption, and waste generation and recycling.

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  • 5-December-2012


    Testing the Effect of Defaults on the Thermostat Settings of OECD Employees - Environment Working Paper No. 51

    Default options have been shown to affect behaviour in a variety of economic choice tasks, including health care and retirement savings. This study uses data from a randomized controlled experiment in which the default settings on office thermostats in an OECD office building were manipulated during the winter heating season, and employees’ chosen thermostat setting observed over a 6 week period.

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  • 26-November-2012


    Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

    This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

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  • 22-November-2012


    Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technological Trajectory

    This book presents a series of papers that explore the extent to which technological innovation can lower the cost of achieving climate change mitigation objectives.

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  • 9-November-2012


    Behavioural Economics and Environmental Incentives - Environment Working Paper No. 49

    This review aims to improve our understanding of the implications of the insights from behavioural economics for environmental policy design. The review focuses on the question of incentive design in two broad areas — risk, conflict and cooperation; and mechanism design. A number of lessons for policy design emerge from the literature and are highlighted in the paper.

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