OECD work on environment helps countries design and implement effective policies to address environmental problems and sustainably manage natural resources. It examines the linkages between the environment and economic, sectoral or social concerns in the various key topics below.

Video - Ensuring a green recovery

The enormous resources being made available to stimulus packages provide a historic opportunity to “build back better”: to not only quickly restore growth and create jobs, but to also reorient growth in a way that heads off environmental crises and creates a cleaner, safer, more inclusive and more resilient world for all of us. But how, in practice, can it be done?

Protecting the planet – Environment timeline on the occasion of the OECD 60th Anniversary 1966-2021

Check out a timeline of OECD’s work on the environment, which has grown since the ad-hoc meeting on the safety of pesticides in 1966!

Brief - Biodiversity and the economic response to COVID-19: Ensuring a green and resilient recovery

Read this OECD policy brief that focuses on the vital role of biodiversity for human life and the importance of integrating biodiversity considerations into the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Brief: Making the green recovery work for jobs, income and growth

Read this OECD policy brief that looks at how countries can create opportunities for a green and inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

OECD work for a sustainable ocean

Working with both developed and developing countries, the OECD aims to ensure that all societies can harness the benefits of the ocean on a sustainable and inclusive basis.

Environment at a Glance

Discover the OECD’s online platform for environmental indicators, which are crucial in tracking environmental performance and progress towards sustainable development.

25 climate actions that can change our lives for the better

The OECD has compiled a list of 25 climate actions to get us on track for 2025, with a focus on the high-emitting sectors of agriculture, buildings, electricity, industry and transport.

Green Talks Webinars

The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings world experts together on pressing environmental issues for a global audience:

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- These free webinars are open to the general public;

- Participants are welcome to pose questions during the Q&A segment.

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Environment Focus Blog

Blog Environment Focus

The Environment Focus Blog aims to increase dialogue on a variety of environmental topics among policy makers, experts and the general public.

Blog authors include OECD policy experts writing about their current field of research reaching out to the wide public across the world to generate discussion.

See a full list of OECD blogs and articles related to the environment.


The OECD regularly publishes newsletters featuring the latest publications, analysis, events, Green Talks LIVE webinars, articles and blogs related to environment, chemical safety and biosafety and green growth and sustainable development. Sign up for our newsletters on:

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Read our books

Our books related to environment address the following topics:

  • biodiversity, climate change, chemical safety and biosafety, environmental country reviews, data and indicators, emerging and transition economies, green finance and investment, green growth, resource productivity and waste and water.

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Access our data

The OECD collects and analyses vast amounts of data every year to fuel its research. OECD.Stat includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies.

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