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Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l
When OECD governments asked the Organisation to develop tools to support policy analysis and monitor the progress of green growth strategies, it was clear that by its very nature green growth is not easily captured by a single indicator, and a set of measures would be needed as markers on a path to greening growth and seizing new economic opportunities.
The first in a series of articles on the OECD’s contribution to the RIO+20 UN
A successful transition towards a greener economy will create new opportunities for workers, but also new risks. The challenge for labour market and skill policies is to maximise the benefits for workers and help assure a fair sharing of adjustment costs, while also supporting broader green growth policies (e.g. by minimising skill bottlenecks).
The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.
According to the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction, global water demand is projected to increase by 55% between 2000 and 2050, and tensions could increase as domestic users, manufacturing, electricity generation and other economic sectors compete with agriculture for access to resources. Green growth policies in the water sector need to address both quantity and quality issues, encourage water-related
Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress
We must improve mobility policies, foster energy technology and innovation and we must go seamless to improve efficiency and connectivity of transport. It is time to act now, to design, promote and put in place better transport policies for better lives!
The chemicals industry is a large, energy intensive sector and contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions - but it is also one of the most important providers of solutions to save energy and reduce emissions. Russel Mills, of the Dow Chemical Company and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD asks what does green growth mean for the chemicals industry?
For the 42nd Earth Day on 22 April, the latest issue of PISA in Focus looks at how “green” today’s students are and where most of their information about the environment comes from.
In October 2011 the Government of the Netherlands launched their Sustainability Agenda to examine how key sectors can help the country attain green growth.