By putting a price on pollution, do environmentally related taxes spur innovation? Does the design of the tax play a critical role? What is the effect of this innovation? In analysing these questions, the report draws on case studies that cover Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Israel and others. It also covers a wide set of environmental issues and technologies, as well as the economic and policy contexts.
This study attempts to clarify what sort of impact was exerted by policy instruments on the development and spread of SOx reduction technology from the 1960s up to the present.
Country case studies of China, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and the United States in measures that may hamper trade in steel scrap, recovered paper and plastic scrap, and if and how they could be removed without compromising environmental protection.
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This report inventories eco-innovation policies in Japan. Similar reports are available on selected non-EU OECD members: Australia, Canada, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey and the US. They complement national roadmaps developed by EU member states under the Env. Technology Action Plan.
In his speech delivered at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, Angel Gurría discussed how promoting resource productivity and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) can protect the environment while sustaining growth and prosperity.
OECD member countries, as well as some non-member economies and other stakeholders, are pooling expertise and funding to test the human health and environmental safety effects of a number of nanomaterials.
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This report provides a descriptive overview of the Japanese database on 'firm-level environmental management and public policy', as well as preliminary conclusions from the analysis.
World leaders and water management experts will meet at the Third World Water Forum in Japan from 16-23 March to develop concrete actions to achieve the international water goals of halving the world populations without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
This survey report gives priorities to the review of traditional pollution control agreements as they have proven record of implementation over more than thirty years. A review of the new approach based on voluntary action plans is made in a parallel report of the case study for Japan.
This report was prepared by Mr. Hidefumi Imura, professor at the Institute of Environmental Systems, Kyushu University (Japan), in the context of the OECD survey on the use of voluntary approaches in environmental policy.