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  • 30-January-2019

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    Australia needs to intensify efforts to meet its 2030 emissions goal

    Australia has made some progress replacing coal with natural gas and renewables in electricity generation yet remains one of the most carbon-intensive OECD countries and one of the few where greenhouse gas emissions (excluding land use and forestry) have risen in the past decade. The country will fall short of its 2030 emissions target without a major effort to move to a low-carbon model, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 30-January-2019

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    Environmental Performance Reviews 2019: Statistical Annexes for Australia and Turkey

    Companion data to the Environmental Performance Reviews of Australia and Turkey.

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  • 30-January-2019

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    OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Australia 2019

    Australia has managed to decouple economic growth from the main environmental pressures and has made impressive progress in expanding protected areas. However, it is one of the most resource- and carbon-intensive OECD countries, and the state of its biodiversity is poor and worsening.  Advancing towards a greener economy will require strengthening climate-change policy and mainstreaming biodiversity more effectively across sectors.This is the third Environmental Performance Review of Australia. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, and includes special features on threatened species protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and chemical management.
  • 28-January-2019

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    Highlights: OECD Environmental Performance Review of Australia 2019

    Australia is one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries and among the ten largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters in the OECD. It thus has considerable responsibility in global environmental protection efforts. Steady economic growth has helped improve the living standard of its growing population. However, the economy remains among the most energy- and carbon-intensive in the OECD.

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  • 28-January-2019

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    Saving Costs in Chemicals Management - How the OECD Ensures Benefits to Society

    The chemical industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the world and is expected to grow fourfold by 2060. Indeed modern life without chemicals would be inconceivable. Given the potential environmental and human health risks from exposure to chemicals, governments and industry have a major responsibility to ensure that chemicals are produced and used safely.The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that protect human health and the environment, and in making their systems for managing chemicals as efficient as possible. To eliminate duplication of work and avoid non-tariff barriers to trade, emphasis has been on developing shared frameworks for gathering and assessing information on potential chemical risks. The time-tested OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system provides a major basis for generating savings to governments and industry. This report provides an overview of the benefits and estimates the total savings from OECD work to be more than EUR 309 million per year.
  • 24-January-2019

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    “What will a changing ocean mean to us, our jobs and markets?”

    The iconic ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau once said “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realise that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

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  • 23-January-2019

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    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the Impact of Online Sales - Environment Working Paper

    Extended producer responsibility is a policy approach that aims to increase waste recovery and recycling. Extended producer responsibility systems aim to make producers responsible for the environmental impacts of their products throughout the product chain, from design to the end-of-life phase. This report focuses on free-riding of producers or retailers, which the fast expansion of online sales in recent years has been exacerbating.

  • 21-January-2019

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    Linking the Indigenous Sami People with Regional Development in Sweden

    The Sami have lived for time immemorial in an area that today extends across the Kola Peninsula in Russia, northern Finland, northern Norway's coast and inland, and the northern half of Sweden. The Sami play an important role in these northern economies thanks to their use of land, their involvement in reindeer husbandry, agriculture/farming and food production, and connection with the region’s tourism industry. However, in Sweden, as in the other states where the Sami live, the connections with regional development are often inconsistent and weak, and could do more to support the preservation and promotion of Sami culture and create new employment and business opportunities. This study, together with the OECD’s broader thematic work on this topic, provides actionable recommendations on how to better include the Sami and other Indigenous Peoples in regional development strategies, learning from and incorporating their own perspectives on sustainable development in the process.
  • 16-January-2019

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    Centre on Green Finance and Investment

    Investment in the green economy needs to take place on a greater scale over coming decades if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambition of the Paris Agreement. To support these objectives, the Centre’s mission helps to catalyse and to support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy through the development of policies, institutions and instruments for green finance and investment.

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  • 14-January-2019

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    Environmental Performance Reviews of partner economies

    The OECD has conducted over 90 environmental performance reviews (EPRs) of member countries and selected partners. Three reviews are of Key Partner countries: Brazil, the People's Republic of China and South Africa. A Green Growth Policy Review of Indonesia will be released in 2019.

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