Publications & Documents


20-November-2012

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Projecting emissions baselines for national climate policy: Options for guidance to improve transparency

This paper discusses good practice and presents options for how guidance might be developed for a number of elements in setting a national emissions baseline. For each element, two options are presented, which can be considered as “tiers” that move from less detailed to more detailed guidance.

12-November-2012

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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Mexico 2013

Rapid urbanisation, population growth and rising income are generating environmental pressures in Mexico. This review outlines steps taken to address these pressures and identifies cost-effective policies and practices to promote green growth and achieve environmental policy objectives.

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12-November-2012

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Global Forum on Biotechnology: The Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences

The OECD and the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum jointly organised a one-day Forum on 12 November 2012 in Paris. The event was both retrospective and forward-looking. The forum concluded that the promise of biotechnology is not set but evolves with fresh scientific knowledge, novel laws and regulations. The future of biotechnology needs to also integrate social and cultural dimensions.

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9-November-2012

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Behavioural Economics and Environmental Incentives - Environment Working Paper No. 49

This review aims to improve our understanding of the implications of the insights from behavioural economics for environmental policy design. The review focuses on the question of incentive design in two broad areas — risk, conflict and cooperation; and mechanism design. A number of lessons for policy design emerge from the literature and are highlighted in the paper.

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30-October-2012

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Fresh water concerns

“We’re going to run out of water much much earlier than we’ll run out of oil,” warned Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestlé, at the OECD Forum in May 2012. The projections in the OECD’s Environmental Outlook to 2050 certainly suggest that freshwater availability will be strained unless new action is taken.

26-October-2012

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Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars? -article by Julia Laplane, OECD

16-October-2012

English, PDF, 1,131kb

Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Policy priorities for engaging business to improve the health of ecosystems and conserve biodiversity

For many businesses, declining ecosystem services can pose real risks to their continued profitability. This has motivated some to adopt innovative internal biodiversity policies and engage in a range of activities that conserve biodiversity and improve ecosystem functioning.

15-October-2012

English, PDF, 1,466kb

Policy brief on Sustainable Materials Management: A Synthesis

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth.

12-October-2012

English, PDF, 1,424kb

Case Study on Critical Metals in Mobile Phones

This report focuses on four key policy issues: life-cycle externalities, trade policy impacts, material substitution and hazardous waste policies, and used and end-of-life mobile device management. Across these key policy issues, this report has identified the following observations relating to sustainable materials management.

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