Environmental policy tools and evaluation


  • Report: Taxing Energy Use 2018

    This report describes patterns of energy taxation in 42 OECD and G20 countries (representing approximately 80% of global energy use), by fuels and sectors over the 2012-2015 period.

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  • Report: The Land-Water-Energy Nexus

    This report contributes to the discussion of interconnections between scarce resources by highlighting the nexus between land, water and energy (the LWE nexus). It focuses on a dynamic, integrated, and disaggregated analysis of how land, water and energy interact in the biophysical and economic systems.

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  • Report: Tackling Environmental Problems with the Help of Behavioural Insights

    Behavioural insights can help policy makers obtain a deeper understanding of the behavioural mechanisms contributing to environmental problems, and design and implement more effective policy interventions. This report reviews recent developments in the application of behavioural insights to encourage more sustainable consumption, investment and compliance decisions by individuals and firms.

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Ensuring policies are economically efficient and environmentally effective.

Key areas of work


register to the green talks live: Leveraging the smart grid to optimise energy consumption

When: Thursday 15 March 2018 - 4 pm (Paris time) / 11 am (EST) 

Green Talks LIVE Leveraging the smart grid (GTL)Households typically cannot observe the price or the amount of electricity that they consume in real-time, so that they do not have the basis to make well-informed decisions about their electricity consumption.

Can providing information help consumers to reduce their environmental footprint? The roll-out of smart electricity meters, which enable real-time feedback on electricity consumption to residential consumers, can help answer this question.

Join OECD Environment's visiting Senior Economist Nicolas Rivers (Professor, University of Ottawa) to discuss OECD findings on the role of real-time electricity feedback in reducing consumption from the recently published Environment Working Paper "Leveraging the Smart Grid: The Effect of Real-Time Information on Consumer Decisions".

Duration: 1 hour (Presentation of 20-30 minutes followed by Q&A)

Where: The convenience of your computer

To register for the online webinar:

1. Go to the online registration.

2. Click on "Register" and enter the requested information. There is no password required for registration.

3. Click "Submit".


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 upcoming 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.


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