Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) - Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, Paris, Tuesday 29 October 2013
The OECD Council approved on 13 February 2013 the Opinion of the Environment Policy Committee regarding the compliance by Israel with the OECD Decision C(2001)107/FINAL which establishes the OECD Control system for waste destined for recovery.
As a result, it is now possible for Israel to export and import recyclable wastes to and from OECD Member countries.
The Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) implements the OECD's Environment Programme. EPOC, consisting of Delegates from capitals, meets 1-2 times per year and holds meetings at Ministerial level approximately every four years. The latest Environment Ministerial took place in March 2012 under the theme "Making Green Growth Deliver".
2011 marked OECD's 50th anniversary and EPOC's 40th anniversary.
Since its establishment in 1971, this EPOC Committee has played a key role as a pathfinder for effective and economically efficient responses to pressing environmental challenges – from polluted air to municipal waste, from scarce water to the ozone depletion, and from biodiversity loss to climate change.
Brochure - 104 pages - pdf version (8 MB)
EPOC oversees work on country reviews, indicators, modelling and outlooks, climate change, natural resources management, policy tools and evalution, environment and development, and resource productivity and waste, consumption and innovation, supported by EPOC's Working Parties and their subsidiary bodies. EPOC also co-operates with other OECD Committees, including through Joint Working Parties on Trade and Environment and on Agriculture and Environment, as well as Joint Meetings of Experts on Tax and Environment and Joint Task Teams on environment and development issues. The Chemicals Committee, like EPOC, reports directly to the OECD Council. EPOC's Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology and the Chemicals Committee together form the Joint Meeting which overseas the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Programme.
The OECD Environment Directorate and the International Energy Agency (IEA) jointly serve as the Secretariat for the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) of the UN Convention on Climate Change, and underatkes studies of issues related to the negotiation and implementation of international agreements on climate change.
The OECD Environment Directorate also functions as the Secretariat for the Task Force for the Implementation of the Action Programme in Central and Eastern Europe (EAP Task Force). The Task Force provides a forum for dialogue and co-operation for countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA).
The Environment Programme is carried out in co-operation with international and regional organisation, e.g., the World Bank, UNEP, WTO, UNECE and Secretariats for UNFCCC, CBD and the Basel Convention. Key research institutes are also important partners, as is Civil society represented through business, labour and NGOs (stakeholder partners). EPOC is actively engaging with key emerging economies through Global Forums on Environment (GFENV).