Croissance verte et développement durable

OECD Green Growth Newsletter December 2011 (Issue Ten)




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Focus on energy efficiency

A transformation in the energy sector is necessary. Fundamentally changing the ways we produce, deliver and consume energy are more than ever of critical importance. For this change to occur, governments can take action on two levels: immediate policy changes to promote energy-saving measures using existing technology, as well as long-term changes to existing infrastructure and stimulate technological innovations. 


In the short run, what concrete actions can states take to increase energy efficiency? The IEA has published a set of 25 policy recommendations geared towards energy efficiency in the areas of buildings, appliances, lighting, transport and industry. Such strategies are crucial to identifying gaps and achieving CO2 reduction targets. The OECD also reaffirmed that governmental policies are a powerful tool in increasing energy efficiency and achieving greener growth. Read more about energy efficiency.


Green Growth Studies: Energy now available

On 1 December, the OECD and the IEA launched the Green Growth Study on Energy. In the margins of the COP17 meeting in Durban, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría took the occasion to reaffirm the crucial importance of policy action: “The decisions made today in the energy sector will be critical to achieving greener growth in the future. We have a window of opportunity for establishing a policy framework to enable transformational change in the energy sector. The environmental imperative to reduce CO2 emissions coincides with a looming new investment cycle in power generation in most OECD countries. In the emerging market economies, many power generation facilities are quite recent, but many more will be built in the coming years to meet growing energy demand. We must act together now to create the momentum for fundamental change”.  

The Green Growth Study on Energy says governments need to increase energy efficiency and lower the carbon-intensity of the sector. As developed countries renew their energy infrastructure and developing countries build new power plants to meet growing energy demand, the time is right to make crucial choices for the future of the energy sector, the report says. With the energy sector responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions, green growth policies could halve worldwide energy-related emissions of CO2 by 2050 using a combination of existing and new technologies.


OECD reviews Clean Tech in Israel

At the occasion of the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy conference on 22-23 February 2012, the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme will present the preliminary findings and recommendations of the case study of Clean Tech in Israel, carried out at the request of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour.


The project has been undertaken as part of the OECD review series on Boosting Local Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation, which involves assessments in case study localities of the challenges and opportunities for stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation, the development of detailed policy recommendations, illustration of the recommendations with international learning model programmes and the development of a policy action plan with stakeholders through a local seminar.


Recent events

On December 15, the OECD and the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a side-event at the Rio+20 Second Intersessional Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The side-event highlighted how green growth policy mixes can accelerate progress towards sustainable development in both developed and developing country contexts and promoted a better understanding of the nexus between green economy and international trade.


The OECD presented their work on the sources of green growth, the policy frameworks needed and the indicators that can help measure progress towards green growth objectives. The WTO focused on the key green economy policy instruments that interact with trade, and the safeguards in the multilateral trading system against the emergence of new green protectionism. The Presidential Committee on Green Growth Representative, Korea and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands shared their countries' perspective and experience with implementing green growth policies.

L-R: Simon Upton, OECD, Karsten Steinfatt, WTO, Youngjin Yoon, Presidential Committee on Green Growth, Korea and Mark Overman, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands.

On 29 November-1 December, the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was held in Busan, Korea to assess 2010 targets and commitments of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action. OECD ENVIRONET held a side event on “Greening Growth for More Effective Development”, to present the achievements in advancing the commitments on environment - or “green” agenda since the adoption of the Paris Declaration, and raise awareness of the emerging concept of green growth and how it would support developing countries to meet national development and poverty reduction objectives.


The roundtable discussion focused on how green growth could play a more prominent role in supporting a more effective development agenda. Environmental policies and actions will bring more sustainable economic and development benefits and welfare improvements to developing countries.

Recent publications

>>Further reading

Fostering Innovation for Green Growth


December/January key events

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