Environment Directorate

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Germany 2012

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Published on May 31, 2012

Also available in: German, French

This OECD Environmental Performance Review provides an independent assessment of Germany’s progress in achieving domestic and international environmental policy commitments, together with policy relevant recommendations. It has been conducted to promote peer learning, to enhance countries’ accountability to each other and to the public, and to improve governments’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. These Reviews are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data. Each cycle of the Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected partner countries


General notes
Executive summary
Actions taken on the 2001 OECD Review Recommendations
Progress towards sustainable development3 chapters available
Key environmental trends
Policy-making environment
Towards green growth
Progress towards selected environmental objectives2 chapters available
Environmental innovation
Climate change
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Press release

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that challenges remain in areas like air and water quality, the protection of biodiversity, and de-carbonising energy production.

OECD Environment Director, Simon Upton said, “Today’s massive environmental challenges demand cost-effective solutions that promote innovation and avoid technological lock-in. New sources of green growth can play an important part in the recovery from the current economic and financial crisis.  In this, Germany is leading the way.”


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