Environment Directorate


  • Effective Carbon Rates

    To tackle climate change, CO2 emissions need to be cut. Pricing carbon is one of the most effective and lowest-cost ways of inducing such cuts. This report presents the first full analysis of the use of carbon pricing on energy in 41 OECD and G20 economies, covering 80% of global energy use and of CO2 emissions. The analysis takes a comprehensive view of carbon prices, including specific taxes on energy use, carbon taxes and tradable emission permit prices.

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  • Action on climate change

    The OECD has a long experience of exchanging knowledge and good practices through effective, policy-orientated and collaborative initiatives. The OECD is helping countries with policy analysis and guidance to implement NDCs and prepare their action plans on climate change mitigation and adaptation. How is the OECD supporting action on climate change? Find out more.

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  • Environmental country review: France 2016

    France has conducted a voluntary and ambitious environment policy, marked in 2015 by the Energy Transition Act and the Paris Agreement to COP21, and in 2016 on biodiversity. The great challenge now is to keep these commitments.

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We help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.


Green talk Mind the gap - carbon pricing

Thank you for joining our Green talk on 26 September. If you missed it, you can now watch the video.

OECD Environment Director, Simon Upton and Centre for Tax Policy and Administration Director, Pascal Saint-Amans, hosted Kurt van Dender, OECD environmental tax policy expert to discuss the OECD publication on Effective Carbon Rates - a new, combined measure of the extended to which countries use taxes and emissions trading systems to price carbon, and explore the carbon pricing gap.