OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Latvia 2019
Latvia has come a long way in improving its environmental performance and the well-being
of the population. Large amounts of investment have helped increase the use of renewables,
improve energy efficiency of homes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and extend access
to water and waste services. However, convergence with more advanced OECD economies
is far from being accomplished. Forestry and agriculture play a key economic role,
but exert increasing pressures on biodiversity. Mainstreaming biodiversity considerations
into economic development policies should be a priority. Accelerating the transition
towards a low-carbon and circular economy will require major investment in sustainable
infrastructure, more waste prevention and recycling and stronger economic instruments.
This is the first Environmental Performance Review of Latvia. It evaluates progress
towards sustainable development and green growth, with special features on waste and
circular economy, and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
Published on October 17, 2019Also available in: French, Latvian
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