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  • 6-November-2013

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    Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

    Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

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  • 4-November-2013

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    Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

    Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

  • 23-October-2013

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    Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

    This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

  • 23-October-2013

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    International Conference on Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities, Tel Aviv

    The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv.

  • 15-October-2013

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    OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

    The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.

  • 9-October-2013

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    The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

    Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 9-October-2013

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    Reducing fossil fuel emissions isn’t enough, OECD Insights Blog

    We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century and need to come to grips with the risk of climate change. While many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2020, and even mid-century, further efforts are needed.

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  • 9-October-2013

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    Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

    Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

  • 8-October-2013

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    The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

    This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

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  • 3-October-2013

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    Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

    This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

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