The workshop will be held on 6-7 March 2014 in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. The main objectives of this expert meeting are:
- To present and discuss the draft Policy Manual “Creating Market Incentives for Greener Products” prepared by the OECD secretariat in order to help European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to design or reform economic instruments related to environmentally harmful products; and
- To exchange the experience of the design and implementation of four categories of product-related economic instruments – product taxes, environmental tax differentiation, deposit-refund systems and extended producer responsibility (EPR) – internationally and in EaP countries.
The meeting will bring together representatives of the EaP countries’ ministries of environment and economy and OECD/EU country experts. It is organised within the framework of the “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) Programme initiated by the European Commission and implemented by the OECD in partnership with the UNEP, UNIDO and UNECE.
Promoting green growth requires well-designed institutions and environmental policy instruments that are effective in achieving their environmental objectives without imposing excessive burdens on the economy. Economic instruments such as environmentally related taxes can be effective in stimulating a shift to less-damaging forms of production and consumption while providing producers and consumers with flexibility in making these adjustments. Behavioural changes stimulated by economic instruments may lead to the creation of new jobs and employment opportunities. Where economic instruments generate revenues, the appropriate deployment of these revenues can also make a significant contribution to enhancing incomes and growth. All EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) are interested in expanding the use of product-related economic instruments, particularly taxes on environmentally harmful products (currently in place in Armenia and Moldova) and extended producer responsibility (now being introduced in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine).
EaP GREEN: Greening economies in the European Union’s Eastern Partnership countries