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  • 30-July-2019

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    Addressing Industrial Air Pollution in Kazakhstan - Reforming Environmental Payments Policy Guidelines

    Kazakhstan has recorded impressive economic growth rates since its independence, driven mainly by export of commodities and high rate of energy use. These rates are not sustainable and are generating significant air pollution, in particular from industrial stationary sources. This is putting at risk the country’s development ambitions to become one of the top global economies by 2050 and converge towards OECD living standards. Building on OECD previous analysis, this publication shows that Kazakhstan’s environmental payments (environmentally related taxes, non-compliance penalties and compensation for damage regulation) for industrial air pollutants, as currently applied, impede energy efficiency and pollution abatement with heavy-handed non-compliance responses and focus on rising revenues. They also add to the cost of doing businesses in the country with limited environmental benefit. In the spirit of the Polluter-Pays Principle, much more reforms of regulation of environmental payments are needed. This report provides guidelines for reform drawing from air pollution regulations in OECD member countries and the results of the analysis of the system in Kazakhstan carried out by the OECD in close co-operation with the Government of Kazakhstan.
  • 24-July-2019

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    Flyer - Climate Change Mitigation through a Well-being lens

    The forthcoming report on “Climate change mitigation through a well-being lens” (September 2019) aims to encourage and support governments in meeting their national and international climate mitigation goals. It argues that mitigation policies are likely to be more feasible to implement, politically, economically and socially.

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  • 24-July-2019

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    OECD Series on Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Compliance Monitoring

    The purpose of this document is to give guidance to Receiving Authorities on the evaluation of the GLP compliance status of nonclinical safety studies submitted for regulatory purposes. This guidance does not address the scientific evaluation and interpretation of the submitted data or the risk assessment based on these data.

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  • 22-July-2019

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    Global Forum on Environment - Plastics in a Circular Economy: Design of Sustainable Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective

    Policy instruments can be applied to improve the sustainability of plastics, including regulations, market-based instruments, information and voluntary tools. The report reviews the use of these instruments, provides good practice examples, such as product taxes and charges, eco-design standards, extended producer responsibility and environmental product labels, as well as discussing opportunities for their future applications.

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  • 19-July-2019

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    Policy approaches to incentivise sustainable plastic design - Environment Working Paper

    Policy instruments can be applied to improve the sustainability of plastics, including regulations, market-based instruments, information and voluntary tools. The report reviews the use of these instruments, provides good practice examples, such as product taxes and charges, eco-design standards, extended producer responsibility and environmental product labels, as well as discussing opportunities for their future applications.

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  • 19-July-2019

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    Section 4: Health Effects

    Consult the January and February 2019 deadlines for comment of various OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals: in Vitro 3T3 NRU phototoxicity test; Vitrigel Eye Irritancy Test Method; in vitro Macromolecular Test Method for Eye Hazard Potential; and In Chemico Skin Sensitisation Assays addressing the AOP Key Event of covalent binding to proteins.

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  • 18-July-2019

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    Private climate finance: Research Collaborative

    The Research Collaborative serves as a platform for researchers, finance providers and governments to share information about and discuss progress towards improved tracking of private finance for climate action, including publicly-mobilised private finance. It conducts and co-ordinates work to explore data sources and methodologies.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    OECD work on Chemical Safety and Biosafety brochure 2019-2020

    This new edition of the OECD work on Chemical Safety and Biosafety highlights the activities, results and ongoing projects as outlined by the 2019-2020 work programme.

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  • 17-July-2019

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    Release of the Global Harmonised Submission Transport Standard (GHSTS) version 2.0

    GHSTS is a standardised set of technical specifications for assembling electronic files for pesticide registration in a predefined manner. Once assembled according to the GHSTS, the dossier files can be transferred from a business to a regulatory authority and can be used in a regulatory process. Version 2.0 includes improved lifecycle management of documents over a series of submissions for one pesticide (or other) regulatory action.

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  • 16-July-2019

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    National Policy Dialogue on “Improving Access to Green Finance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Georgia”

    On 16 July 2019, the OECD, with the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, organised a National Policy Dialogue on Improving Access to Green Finance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Georgia, held in Tbilisi. Interesting discussions on ways to improve access to green finance and to take stock of initiatives and policy changes that could contribute to scaling up green lending and finance for SMEs in Georgia.

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