Publications


  • 17-March-2014

    English

    Water Governance in the Netherlands - Fit for the Future?

    This report assesses the extent to which Dutch water governance is fit for future challenges and sketches an agenda for the reform of water policies in the Netherlands. It builds on a one-year policy dialogue with over 100 Dutch stakeholders, supported by robust analytical work and drawing on international best practice.

  • 26-February-2014

    English

    The Power of Transformation - Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems

    Wind power and solar photovoltaics (PV) are crucial to meeting future energy needs while decarbonising the power sector. Deployment of both technologies has expanded rapidly in recent years, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak picture of clean energy progress. However, the inherent variability of wind power and solar PV raises unique and pressing questions. Can power systems remain reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE)? And if so, how?

    Based on a thorough review of the integration challenge, this publication gauges the economic significance of VRE integration impacts, highlights the need for a system-wide approach to integrating high shares of VRE and recommends how to achieve a cost-effective transformation of the power system.

    This book summarises the results of the third phase of the Grid Integration of VRE (GIVAR) project, undertaken by the IEA over the past two years. It is rooted in a set of seven case studies, comprising 15 countries on four continents. It deepens the technical analysis of previous IEA work and lays out an analytical framework for understanding the economics of VRE integration impacts. Based on detailed modelling, the impact of high shares of VRE on total system costs is analysed. In addition, the four flexible resources which are available to facilitate VRE integration – generation, grid infrastructure, storage and demand side integration – are assessed in terms of their technical performance and cost-effectiveness.

  • 24-February-2014

    English

    OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Croatia 2013

    This OECD Review of Innovation Policy in Croatia offers a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of Croatia, focusing on the role of government. It suggests that EU integration opens a window of opportunity for strengthening Croatia's science, technology and innovation systems, and recommends that Croatia improve governance, rebalance the innovation mix and do more to foster business innovation.
     

  • 14-February-2014

    English

    Euro Area: Economic Challenges and Policy Recommendations

    This book provides an overview of the key challenges currently faced in the Euro Area and OECD's main policy recommendations to address them. Drawing on the OECD’s expertise in comparing country experiences and identifying best practices, the book tailors the OECD’s policy advice to the specific and timely priorities of the Euro Area, focusing on how its government can make reform happen.

  • 13-February-2014

    English

    Greener Skills and Jobs

    Green skills, that is, skills needed in a low-carbon economy, will be required in all sectors and at all levels in the workforce as emerging economic activities create new (or renewed) occupations. Structural changes will realign sectors that are likely to decline as a result of the greening of the economy and workers will need to be retrained accordingly. The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This report suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

  • 10-February-2014

    English

    Mental Health and Work: United Kingdom

    Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on the United Kingdom is the sixth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries.

  • 10-February-2014

    English

    Germany: Keeping the Edge - Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth

    This book provides an overview of the key challenges currently faced in Germany and OECD's main policy recommendations to address them. Drawing on the OECD’s expertise in comparing country experiences and identifying best practices, the book tailors the OECD’s policy advice to the specific and timely priorities of Germany, focusing on how its government can make reform happen.

  • 3-February-2014

    English

    Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia

    Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia focuses on the role of local employment and training agencies in contributing to job creation and productivity. It looks at the role of Local Employment Coordinators, introduced by the Department of Employment to work in 20 "priority employment areas" which were identified as needing extra assistance following the global financial crisis. This report is part of a comparative OECD review of local job creation policies, which explores how countries are putting measures in place at the local level to stimulate quality employment, social inclusion and growth.

  • 23-January-2014

    English

    Mental Health and Work: Switzerland

    Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Switzerland is the fifth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Swiss system is well resourced to address the challenges in various policy fields; that due the involvemnet of a large number of stakeholders much needed policy coordination across different sectors is a difficult task; and that a stronger mental health focus is required in Switzerland's health, social and labour market policies.

  • 17-January-2014

    German

    Höhepunkte des Weltverkehrsforum 2013 - Finanzierungskonzepte für das Verkehrswesen : Zusammenfassung der Diskussionen

    Auf der ganzen Welt steigt der Mobilitätsbedarf rasant. Die Motorisierung der Schwellenländer schreitet in einem atemberaubenden Tempo voran. Bis 2020 soll die Anzahl der Kraftfahrzeuge weltweit einigen Schätzungen zufolge von mehr als 1 Milliarde auf gut 2 Milliarden anwachsen. In den nächsten 15 Jahren könnte sich, OECD-Prognosen zufolge, der Personenluftverkehr verdoppeln, die Luftfracht verdreifachen und das Containerhandling in den Häfen vervierfachen.

    Wenn wir Handel und Wirtschaftswachstum mit den Chancen, die sie uns bieten, nicht abwürgen wollen, müssen wir in Infrastruktur investieren - und zwar heute noch. Die OECD schätzt, dass allein bis 2030 rund 11 Billionen US-Dollar allein in die Schlüsselinfrastruktur des Verkehrssektors investiert werden müssen.

    Das Gipfeltreffen 2013 des Weltverkehrsforums brachte Minister aus den Mitgliedsländern und zahlreiche Wirtschaftsführer zusammen. Insgesamt 1 000 Teilnehmer aus 79 Ländern testeten Ideen und diskutierten mit Experten, um gemeinsame Sichtweisen auf die Fianzierungsprobleme und Ansätze zu ihrer Bewältigung zu finden. Diese Publikation enthält die Zusammenfassung der fachlichen Diskussion. Begleitend erscheinen die „Highlights in Pictures“, erhältlich über www.internationaltransportforum.org/pub.

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