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  • 18-October-2018

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    International Trade and the Transition to a More Resource Efficient and Circular Economy - Trade and Environment Working Paper

    The transition towards a resource efficient and circular economy has linkages with international trade through the emergence of global value chains as well as trade in second-hand goods, end-of-life products, secondary materials and waste. This paper highlights the interaction of international trade and the circular economy in order to map out potential issues to address and to guide further research areas to explore on this topic.

  • 18-October-2018

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    Energy Subsidy Reform in the Republic of Moldova - Energy Affordability, Fiscal and Environmental Impacts

    This report looks at the fiscal, environmental and social impacts of energy subsidy reform in Moldova with a particular focus on energy affordability. Reduced value added tax (VAT) rate on natural gas consumption and a VAT exemption on electricity and heat consumption by domestic users represent the largest fossil-fuel consumer subsidies in Moldova. Reforming these will imply an increase of the VAT rate, which will lead to an increase of gas, electricity and heat tariffs for households, and will in turn affect household consumption levels, related expenditures and energy affordability. If reform measures are to work, they will need to be accompanied by a carefully-designed social policy to protect poor households.
  • 16-October-2018

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    Mapping support for primary and secondary metal production - Environment Working Paper

    Public support for metal extraction and processing has received little attention relative to that for the agriculture, energy, or fisheries sectors. This report addresses this knowledge gap by mapping out the most common forms of support provided for primary metals (produced from mineral ores) and secondary metals (produced from scrap).

  • 11-October-2018

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    Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD)

    The OECD has developed the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD), a multilateral agreement which allows participating countries (including non members) to share the results of various non-clinical tests done on chemicals using OECD methods and principles. MAD reduces duplicative testing, allows governments to work together when assessing chemicals, and saves government and industry resources.

  • 10-October-2018

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    The OECD QSAR Toolbox

    A patch for QSAR Toolbox version 4.2 was released to fix several bugs. It is a minor update to version 4.2 and can be installed as a separate product or alternatively version 4.2 can be updated to version 4.2.1 using the provided patch.

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  • 8-October-2018

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    Global Forum on the Environment and Climate Change - organised by the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) - October 2018

    8-9 October 2018 - The Global Forum brought together delegates from both OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss the theme of transparency of reporting on technology transfer, capacity-building and financial support, accounting for baseline NDC targets, indicative climate finance, Article 6 and common timeframes; and the role of land-use in the transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.

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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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  • 4-October-2018

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    Conference "Closing the financing gap for water in line with SDG ambitions: The role of blended finance"

    4-5 October 2018, Germany - Jointly organised by the OECD and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the conference aimed to discuss innovative applications of blended finance as the strategic use of development finance for the mobilisation of finance towards sustainable development in developing countries in the water sector.

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  • 27-September-2018

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    Work country programmes and National Policy Dialogues on water in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

    The regional component of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) focuses on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). It supports work of the European Neighbourhood Policy and of the EU-Central Asia Platform for Environment and Water Cooperation, and helps to promote the progressive approximation to EU water policies, particularly to the EU Water Framework Directive, in EECCA countries.

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  • 25-September-2018

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    Governments need to honour their climate pledges as risks grow

    Three years on from the commitments made at COP21 in Paris, the overwhelming majority of governments have not taken the necessary action to contain growing risks to the climate. With emissions on the rise again, OECD governments need to get serious about shifting their economies to a low-carbon model and stop investing in carbon-intensive infrastructure.

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