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  • 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).

  • 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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  • 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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  • 25-September-2018

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    Event: High-level Discussion on Financing Climate Futures

    On 25 September 2018 in New York, the OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group hosted a high-level panel discussion on their joint initiative “Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure”. The project is being undertaken with the support of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

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  • 25-September-2018

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    Launch of the Financing Climate Futures initiative

    I am delighted to be here this evening to kick off the launch of the joint OECD, World Bank and UN Environment initiative Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.

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  • 18-September-2018

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    Innovative Approaches to Building Resilient Coastal Infrastructure - Environment Policy Paper

    This Policy Paper comprises an Issue Brief and Background Report prepared by the OECD for the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers (19-21 September 2018, Canada). It outlines the rising risks faced by coastal communities, which are being exacerbated by climate change; and shows how governments can harness innovation to help improve resilience and emphasises the need for close engagement with coastal communities.

  • 18-September-2018

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    Improving Plastics Management: Trends, policy responses, and the role of international co-operation and trade - Environment Policy Paper

    This Policy Paper comprises the Background Report prepared by the OECD for the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers (19-21 September, Canada). It provides an overview of current plastics production and use, the environmental impacts that this is generating and identifies the reasons for currently low plastics recycling rates, as well as what can be done about it.

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