Publications & Documents


  • 1-December-2009

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    The Financing of Nuclear Power Plants

    Many countries have recognised that greater use of nuclear power could play a valuable role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. However, given the high capital cost and complexity of nuclear power plants, financing their construction often remains a challenge. This is especially true where such financing is left to the private sector in the context of competitive electricity markets. 

    This study examines the financial risks involved in investing in a new nuclear power plant, how these can be mitigated, and how projects can be structured so that residual risks are taken by those best able to manage them. Given that expansion of nuclear power programmes will require strong and sustained government support, the study highlights the role of governments in facilitating and encouraging investment in new nuclear generating capacity.

  • 1-December-2009

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    Enhancing Developing Country Access to Eco-Innovation - OECD Environment Working Paper No.12

    This working paper explores the barriers developing countries face in accessing markets for eco-innovation. It outlines the key considerations policy needs to address to overcome these barriers.

  • 27-November-2009

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    Policies for the Development and Transfer of Eco-innovations: Lessons from the literature - Environment Working Paper No. 10

    This working paper reviews the economic literature on both the creation and transfer of environmental technologies, with an emphasis on how the development of new technologies in leading economies can lead to environmental improvements in developing countries.

  • 26-November-2009

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    OECD and EIB sign agreement to work together on global challenges

    The OECD and the European Investment Bank have agreed to share their expertise in support of economic co-operation and sustainable development. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and EIB President Philippe Maystadt signed a co-operation agreement to that effect today in Paris.

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  • 19-November-2009

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    Environmental Policy Framework Conditions, Innovation And Technology

    This paper focuses on the effects of environmental policy framework conditions on innovation with respect to air and water pollution abatement, and solid waste management.

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  • 19-November-2009

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    Comparison of survey results with other secondary data and methodology

    This document corroborates data from the 2008 OECD Household Survey on Environmental Attitudes and Behaviour.

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  • 4-November-2009

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    Launch of the conclusions and recommendations of the environmental performance review of Ireland

    Since the last OECD environmental performance review of Ireland in 2000, environmental policies have been improved, environmental institutions strengthened, and significant investments made in environmentally-related infrastructure. However, important challenges remain, such as strengthening efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a better financial viability of water use, warned the OECD Secretary-General.

  • 3-November-2009

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    Strengthening Regional Fisheries Management Organisations

    Analysis and case studies of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), who deal with management of sea resources and issues such as conservation of bluefin tuna and Atlantic tuna.

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  • 30-October-2009

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    Transport Energy and CO2 : Moving towards Sustainability

    Car ownership is set to triple by 2050, trucking activity will double and air travel could increase fourfold. This book examines how to enable mobility without accelerating climate change.  It finds that if we change the way we travel, adopt technologies to improve vehicle efficiency and shift to low-CO2 fuels, we can move onto a different pathway  where transport CO2 emissions by 2050 are far below current levels, at costs that are lower than many assume. 

    The report discusses the prospects for shifting more travel to the most efficient modes and reducing travel growth rates, improving vehicle fuel efficiency by up to 50% using cost-effective, incremental technologies, and moving toward electricity, hydrogen, and advanced biofuels to achieve a more secure and sustainable transport future. If governments implement strong policies to achieve this scenario, transport can play its role and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions by 2050.

  • 26-October-2009

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    Chile Energy Policy Review 2009

    Drawing on the experience of IEA member countries, this IEA review assesses Chile’s major energy challenges and provides recommendations. Six main themes emerge: the successful liberalisation of the power sector in the 1980s; the essential role played by the state in ensuring energy security; the re-formulation of Chile’s long-term energy policy; the proposed reorganisation of the institutional framework; greater independence for the system operators; and the need for a clear framework of regulation so that long-term investment decisions integrate social and environmental costs.
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