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  • 13-September-2016

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    Effective Carbon Rates - Pricing CO2 through Taxes and Emissions Trading Systems

    To tackle climate change, CO2 emissions need to be cut. Pricing carbon is one of the most effective and lowest-cost ways of inducing such cuts. This report presents the first full analysis of the use of carbon pricing on energy in 41 OECD and G20 economies, covering 80% of global energy use and of CO2 emissions. The analysis takes a comprehensive view of carbon prices, including specific taxes on energy use, carbon taxes and tradable emission permit prices. It shows the entire distribution of effective carbon rates by country and the composition of effective carbon rates by six economic sectors within each country. Carbon prices are seen to be often very low, but some countries price significant shares of their carbon emissions. The ‘carbon pricing gap’, a synthetic indicator showing the extent to which effective carbon rates fall short of pricing emissions at EUR 30 per tonne, the low-end estimate of the cost of carbon used in this study, sheds light on potential ways of strengthening carbon pricing.

  • 6-September-2016

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    Conference on Transition to the green economy

    This event, with involvement from the OECD, on 6-7 September 2016, is of major strategic nature during the Slovak Presidency of the European Council. Its ambition is to improve understanding of the green economy concept, identify conclusions and pathways for transition as well as to involve and mobilise various actors and stakeholders in the discussions of possible future actions.

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  • 11-July-2016

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    Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016 - A New Framework for Policy Coherence

    This report introduces the Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) - a screening tool that aims to support governments in designing and implementing coherent policies. It explores policy coherence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and suggests options for monitoring and tracking progress in SDG target 17.14, which calls on countries to "enhance policy coherence for sustainable development. The report also includes contributions from member states on their policy mechanisms and institutional arrangements for implementing the SDGs at the national level.

  • 6-July-2016

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    Green talks LIVE: Shipping after #COP21

    Register to join ITF expert Olaf Merk for the latest on what would be needed to help us prevent breaking the <2°C deal on Wednesday 6 July 2016. Maritime transport was not included in the Paris Climate Agreement, yet its CO2 emissions could reach 17% of total global emissions by 2050.

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  • 22-June-2016

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    Green talks: Going for a resource-efficient economy

    OECD expert Peter Börkey's green talk on how we can we maintain the value of products and materials for as long as possible and minimise waste generation through better resource-efficiency policies on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

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  • 22-June-2016

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    Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

    The 2016 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) will take place on 9-10 November 2016 at the OECD conference centre in Paris, France. It will focus on “Urban green growth, spatial planing an land use” by evaluating the environmental and economic outcomes of different land use and spatial planning policies.

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  • 22-June-2016

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    Extended Producer Responsibility

    OECD defines EPR as an environmental policy approach in which a producer's responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product's life cycle.

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  • 10-June-2016

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    OECD Workshop on Greening Regional Trade Agreements: Opportunities and Insights from International Experience

    The OECD will convene its 6th Workshop on Regional trade agreements and the environment on 10 June 2016, at the OECD Headquarters. The focus of the workshop will be on chapters of regional trade agreement (RTAs) that are concerned mainly with issues other than the environment, such as market access, investment, or government procurement, TBT, regulatory coherence or dispute settlement.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    The Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution

    This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the economic consequences of outdoor air pollution in the coming decades, focusing on the impacts on mortality, morbidity, and changes in crop yields as caused by high concentrations of pollutants. Unless more stringent policies are adopted, findings point to a significant increase in global emissions and concentrations of air pollutants, with severe impacts on human health and the environment. The market impacts of outdoor air pollution are projected to lead to significant economic costs, which are illustrated at the regional and sectoral levels, and to substantial annual global welfare costs.

  • 9-June-2016

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    Tackling policy fragmentation: the key to getting onto a path of rapid and sustainable productivity growth

    Further structural reforms are needed to help the business sector boost productivity growth and overcome the key challenges of sluggish investment in advanced economies and excess capacity in emerging economies, according to a new OECD report.

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