29th - 30th November 2012 – Santiago, Chile
Regional and sectorial approaches in Chile:
Sustainable construction – Sustainable tourism – Consumption and production of firewood
Chile continues to experience an increasing integration into the world economy, which implies, among others, that export companies are facing increasing environmental requirements. The environment has become a key aspect of competitiveness in international markets.
Furthermore, to improve the environmental quality of the country requires great efforts to reduce pollution of different types, as well as an efficient use of resources, followed by the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In turn, Chile's OECD membership presents additional challenges, both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses. This process involves the creation of qualified jobs that require appropriate education and vocational training.
The workshop applied this background to the sectors “construction”, “tourism” and “firewood consumption and production”, focused on different regions of Chile (north, center and south). In all these areas the Government of Chile has taken important commitments and is making significant efforts – together with other stakeholders – to move towards sustainability in these and other sectors. In this context, Chile needs to identify measurable indicators for a local transition to a low-pollution, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy.
The workshop and the related case study were proposed within the framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy.The results of the whole OECD-LEED project – especially the above mentioned indicators – will be the base for different regional and local decision makers. Read more about the OECD LEED Project on measuring the potential of green growth - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy.
Dr. Alwine Woischnik
Ministry of Environment
Santiago - Chile
Phone : (56-2) 2411870
For further information about the OECD LEED project, please contact Cristina Martinez-Fernandez at the OECD Secretariat.