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Preserving the environment is high on the agenda for both governments and society. Governments in OECD countries are using a variety of instruments to change environmentally harmful behaviour, and taxes have proved a useful string to their bow. Using taxes to achieve an environmental objective, such as reducing emissions of a particular pollutant, is efficient from an economic point of view and offers flexibility to adapt for those
A broader OECD project has analysed the environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency of instrument mixes addressing selected environmental issues. In this connection, case studies of the instrument mixes addressing household waste have been prepared.
Statement by the Joint meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology concerning SAICM.
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Democratic governments want policies that are in the best interest of their citizens. But how can they – and their voters – be sure they are making the right choices? One answer is by learning from the experience of others. Among the OECD’s core strengths is its ability to offer its 30 members a framework to compare experiences and examine “best practices” in a host of areas from economic policy to environmental protection.OECD peer
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Selected environmental data covering land area, forests, threatened species, water, air and waste generation for all OECD Member countries.
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Selected economic data on GDP, industry, agriculture, energy and road transport for all OECD Member countries.
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Selected social data on population, health, income & poverty, employment, education, and official development assistance for all OECD Member countries.
The high price of some new non-polluting energy technologies makes it hard for them to compete with traditional energy sources. To curb industrial pollution, many OECD countries have intrduced poollution taxes.