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  • 27-November-2018

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    Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060 - Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences

    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). It explains the economic drivers determining the decoupling of economic growth and materials use, and assesses how the projected shifts in sectoral and regional economic activity influence the use of different materials. The projections include both primary and secondary materials, which provides a deeper understanding of what drives the synergies and trade-offs between extraction and recycling.The report projects a doubling of global primary materials use between today and 2060. Population and converging per capita income growth drive the growth in materials use. However, structural change, especially in non-OECD countries, and technology improvements partially dampen that growth. Metals and non-metallic minerals are projected to grow more rapidly than other types of materials.
  • 22-October-2018

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    Raw materials use to double by 2060 with severe environmental consequences

    The world’s consumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 as the global economy expands and living standards rise, placing twice the pressure on the environment that we are seeing today, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 22-October-2018

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    Environmental-economic modelling

    Modelling work is aimed to assist governments in identifying the implications of major socio-economic trends on environmental pressures and the consequences of policies or policy mixes to address these. Read the latest paper "The Macroeconomics of the Circular Economy Transition".

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  • 8-October-2018

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    Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: Consequences for Long-term Economic growth (CIRCLE)

    This project identifies how feedbacks from poor environmental quality, climatic change and natural resource scarcity may affect economic growth in the coming decades. CIRCLE has generated quantitative projections for economic growth which reflect the costs of policy inaction on climate change, outdoor air pollution and other environmental issues. These reference projections improve OECD projections of "baseline" economic growth.

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  • 7-September-2018

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    Monitoring land cover change

    Loss of biodiversity and pressures on ecosystem services are global challenges. Land cover change is the best measure available to monitor pressures on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. Read more on the new OECD indicator on land cover changes and conversions. Latest release: OECD uses European Space Agency data to measure green growth.

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  • 1-June-2018

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    Earth observation for decision-making

    The OECD is working with earth observation data providers and key partners to develop its geospatial data capacity. Earth observation data is a unique source of commensurable information; it can be combined with administrative, social and economic data at multiple scales for in-depth policy analysis.

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  • 10-May-2018

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    Green Growth Indicators

    Green Growth Indicators 2017 charts the progress that OECD countries and G20 economies have made since 1990. The 2017 edition places greater emphasis on productivity gains and on the role of policy action, with enriched analysis on environmentally related taxes and subsidies, technology and innovation, and international financial flows.

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  • 7-May-2018

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    Resource efficiency

    Improving resource efficiency is among the top priorities in today’s world, as governments, businesses and civil society are increasingly concerned about natural resource use, environmental impacts, material prices and supply security. Latest country study: Making the Slovak Republic a more source efficient economy.

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  • 6-May-2018

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    OECD environmental data and indicators

    As international concern about global environment and sustainable development becomes more pressing, government, business and the public all need reliable and harmonised data on the environment. Read more to find OECD environmental data on a specific country and theme.

  • 5-May-2018

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    Analysing data on protected areas

    The OECD is developing an improved method to generate more detailed indicators on protected areas, both terrestrial and marine, for countries across the world. It applies a harmonised methodology to data from the World Database on Protected Areas.

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