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The OECD is developing international policies to promote and harmonise the environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes within the OECD area.
The OECD Council approved the Opinion of the Environment Policy Committee regarding the compliance by Israel with the OECD Decision C(2001)107/FINAL which establishes the OECD Control system for waste destined for recovery. Since 1992, transboundary movements of recyclable wastes between OECD countries are regulated by this Decision, established by OECD Council, and designed as an agreement under Article 11 of the Basel Convention.
The OECD Environmental Strategy clearly outlines the need for governments to look for integrated solutions such as sustainable materials management to address current environmental concerns. Ideally public authorities should try to internalise all negative environmental externalities in the prices facing firms and consumers at all stages of the life-cycle.
Over the past two decades, OECD governments, the private sector and others have spent considerable resources on environmental protection and waste reduction. Yet, waste generation is still on the rise.
The OECD report “Greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for mitigation from materials management within OECD countries” provides support to governments in showing the importance of using a life-cycle approach to analyse GHG mitigation options from materials management.
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This inventory includes recent policy briefs, brochures and flyers related to the environment and chemical safety programmes.
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This flyer includes comprehensive information on the following waste areas of work: sustainable materials management, environmentally sound management of waste, transboundary movements of waste, waste prevention and minimisation, and radioactive waste management.
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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth.
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This report focuses on four key policy issues: life-cycle externalities, trade policy impacts, material substitution and hazardous waste policies, and used and end-of-life mobile device management. Across these key policy issues, this report has identified the following observations relating to sustainable materials management.
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The purpose of this report is to identify SMM policy instruments that are currently in use across OECD countries. Lessons learned from existing policy implementation have been used to formulate conclusions and recommendations for the structure of future SMM policy instruments.