Green growth and sustainable development

OECD Green Growth Newsletter Issue Four: February 2011



The OECD Green Growth Newsletter keeps OECD Committees and other stakeholders informed about the OECD’s green growth activities.


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Key documents now available


These documents are available on the International Green Growth Dialogue site. See below for access details. Other documents for the upcoming Green Growth Strategy Workshop will also be posted on this site.


Please note that to supplement the discussion at the Workshop on jobs and skills, a paper on “Labour Markets in the Transition to Green Growth: Challenges and Policy Responses” will be posted on the International Green Growth Dialogue on 8 February.  Copies will be available at the Workshop.

Registrations closing for Green Growth Strategy Workshop

The Green Growth Strategy Workshop will be held on 10-11 February 2011 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. The goal of the workshop is to encourage open debate around key issues in the Green Growth Strategy Synthesis Report and the Report on Green Growth Indicators. This will ensure that the Strategy’s key messages and policy recommendations are relevant to countries’ needs.


Government representatives from both member and partner countries, as well as stakeholders from business, trade unions and non-governmental organisation are encouraged to participate. We strongly urge representation from all relevant policy domains, in particular finance and economy ministries, as well as ministries for innovation, energy, agriculture, employment and statistics, and of course, environment.


Registration has been extended to 3 February. Officials interested in participating should contact their Delegation. For other stakeholders, please contact . Space is limited to ensure a balance of participants from different sectors.


For participants: Directions, hotels and access 

How to comment on the Synthesis Report

The final Synthesis Report of the OECD Green Growth Strategy will be delivered at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2011. It responds to the 2009 Ministerial mandate.


In addition to the Workshop in February, the Synthesis Report and the draft Report on Green Growth Indicators will be available for comment on the International Green Growth Dialogue site. The comment period will run until 28 February.


The second draft will be available for comment in late March.


Official country comments will be co-ordinated by the Delegations, but we also encourage feedback from business, civil society and international organisations.


More information about the consultation process.

Accessing the International Green Growth Dialogue site  


If you have access problems, please email Catherine Jeffcoat,

Focus on transport

Transport figures prominently on the green growth agenda for two reasons. First, transport has major environmental impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, local air emissions and noise. Managing congestion more effectively is also part of the broader agenda for more sustainable development and better use of resources invested in infrastructure.


Second, a large part of public expenditure to stimulate green growth has been directed at transport sector industries. This concerns most notably alternative vehicles, and particularly electric cars, a key part of strategies to decarbonise transport.

Several countries also financed car scrapping and replacement schemes as a short term response to the 2008 financial crisis. The primary goal was to stimulate the car manufacturing industry with, in most cases, a secondary goal of reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption through fleet renewal. As a central element of longer term green growth policies, some governments also invest in high speed rail, aiming to shift in passenger traffic from cars and short haul aviation to rail.


Green growth re-frames several existing concepts, including durable economic activity, reduced environmental impact and sustained growth in high quality jobs, under one banner. It does so in such a way as to identify coherent, cross-sectoral policies. But governments should also consider tradeoffs among various policy objectives. Reducing emissions, for example, may imply additional costs to current road users in the short run. As green growth policies spread it may be necessary to review the way the transport sector is taxed and contributes to aggregate tax revenue.


Read more about green growth and transport .


Recent events


Green Growth in Transportation

Many OECD member countries are currently trying to implement green growth related policies either as a short term response to the recent economic downturn or as more fundamental measures aiming at reducing fossil energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The International Transport Forum /OECD/ Korea Transportation Institute (KOTI) Joint Seminar “ Green Growth in Transportation ” was held on 25 November 2010 at the OECD.


This seminar addressed the issue of green growth in transport from a broad perspective.

The main issues included technological options such as low emission vehicles and their potential to contribute to green growth. Macroeconomic implications associated with green transport policies were also explored. Speakers and discussants at this joint seminar included KOTI staff, ITF and other OECD staff as well as invited outside scholars.


The OECD at Cancún


COP16 in Cancún, Mexico, was another important step forward in the international effort to address climate change. The OECD actively participated in several ways, including through OECD side events, participation in other side events, an official statement, and a publications stand. See the OECD Key Messages for COP16.


Recent publications


>> Further reading

February key events


For more information, see the events calendar on the International Green Growth Dialogue.

Contact us


Nathalie Girouard, Green Growth Co-ordinator,

OECD Green Growth website | International Green Growth Dialogue site



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