The OECD’s Horizontal Project on Climate and Economic Resilience is using the multidisciplinary reach of the OECD to support governments in driving the swift transformational change needed to tackle climate change.
The project will provide analysis and insights for governments looking at the whole climate picture: driving a rapid and resilient transition to net-zero while building resilience to physical climate impacts, all in the context of lingering effects of COVID-19 and the far-reaching effects of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine.
Improving economic resilience has become a key priority for governments as they have grappled with recent turbulent events. At the same time, the climate crisis is becoming ever more urgent. Unchecked, climate change will pose a significant and escalating threat to global economic and social stability, in particular if irreversible “tipping points” are triggered.
This OECD Horizontal Project is supporting governments in taking rapid and resilient action on climate change as part of strategies to improve economic resilience and security. Key themes include:
This module focuses on framing the increasingly urgent climate crisis in the context of the current international economic and social circumstances. It includes better characterising and integrating the non-linear impacts of climate change, such as climate tipping points, into policy planning, as well as focusing on systems approaches to designing policies.
This module focuses on the policies needed to accelerate the transition towards net-zero emissions, while making sure the transition is itself resilient to changing economic, social, technological and environmental conditions. This includes new modelling and analysis that will examine the implications of macroeconomic, fiscal and budgetary policies for accelerating progress towards net-zero.
This module focuses on opportunities to build systemic resilience to the impacts of climate change. It builds on work on understanding the risk of losses and damages from climate change and contributes new analysis on developing strategies to build climate resilience in key systems such as food production, cities and in the financial system.
The International Programme for Action on Climate (IPAC) is a major OECD initiative aiming to deliver the tools and information needed to monitor and support country-specific actions towards net-zero emissions and climate resilience. In its initial phase, IPAC is embodied within the horizontal project and provides an important, data-driven tracking component, complementing the rest of the project’s analysis.
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OECD country governments are guiding the project via a leadership group comprised of senior officials from across the OECD’s wide range of policy committees.
Combined with the multidisciplinary policy expertise housed across the organisation, this maximises the unique value of OECD’s all-of-government reach.
The project also benefits from a dedicated high-level External Advisory panel made up of high-profile international leaders.
For more information, please feel free to contact Mr. Andrew Prag, Senior Project Manager, OECD Environment Directorate.