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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.
Rebuilding a fishery from a collapsed state could see up to five-fold increases in its value, depending on its ecological, economic and regulatory characteristics. Appropriately-designed rights-based systems can better align individual fisher incentives to promote sustainable fisheries.
In October 2011 the Government of the Netherlands launched their Sustainability Agenda to examine how key sectors can help the country attain green growth.
Korea has been at the forefront of green growth initiatives. The National Strategy for Green Growth (2009-2050) and the Five-Year Plan (2009-2013) of Korea provide a comprehensive policy framework for green growth in both the short and long term.
Green growth will require large scale changes in the behaviour of households, business and governments. Taxes and other market-based instruments are key policy instruments for providing clear and sustained incentives to reduce environmental damage.
Reports and brochures on sustainable development.
Environment Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Environmental Strategy, discussed priorities based on the Environmental Outlook to 2050 which is a strong case for green growth policies and adopted a policy statement as input to Rio+20 UN Conference.
Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.
We have passed the limits of our planet’s capacity to support us. It’s time for a big shift, to further advance our understanding on green growth and sustainable development, to share policy experiences and to foster a new environmental consensus, said the OECD Secretary-General.