Climate change


  • Event: High-level Discussion on Financing Climate Futures

    25 September, New York - The OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group hosted a high-level discussion on their joint initiative,“Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure”. Scaling-up and shifting financial flows to low-emission and resilient infrastructure investments is critical to delivering on the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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  • Report: Inventory of Energy Subsidies in the EU's Eastern Partnership Countries

    This report aims to provide the first comprehensive and consistent record of energy subsidies in the EaP region, with a view to improving transparency and establishing a solid analytical basis that can help build the case for further reforms in these countries (this study covers Armenia, Azerbaijan Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

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  • Report: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

    Integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term, according to a this OECD report prepared in the context of the German Presidency of the G20.

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OECD climate change work is focusing on how to move countries to a low-carbon and climate resilient pathway, and how to improve the effectiveness of the global climate regime.

Key areas of work



Taxing Energy Use: Reforming energy tax systems to achieve environmental goals

With almost no emissions from energy use priced at levels required to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius, there is still considerable scope, and an urgent need, to improve the use of taxation to reduce pollution and combat climate change.

How do energy and carbon taxes differ across countries, different fuels and sectors? What should be done to reduce emissions and reach global climate goals at minimum cost?

Environmental tax economists from the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration discussed the key findings from the OECD publication, Taxing Energy Use 2018, which measures the magnitude and coverage of energy and carbon taxes in 42 OECD and G20 countries and provides a first appreciation of changes in energy and carbon taxes over time. Access the full presentation.


"CLIMATE action: time for implementation" LECTURE BY OECD SECRETARY-GENERAL Angel Gurría

Climate Action, Time for implementation, 2017

» OECD’s Gurría calls for renewed international commitment to fighting climate change, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada

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» Moving forward on climate: Looking beyond narrow interests, Insights blog



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