Environment Directorate


  • OECD on the Road to COP21

    World leaders are facing a fundamental dilemma: take strong action to address the risks associated with climate change, or see the ability to limit this threat slip from their grasp. Check out how the OECD is contributing to get a successful outcome in December at COP21 in Paris.

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  • The Lake Taupo Nitrogen Market in New Zealand

    Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, and a national icon. Its pristine waters attract visitors from round the world for a multitude of water-based recreation and sight-seeing activities. It is also important to New Zealand’s indigenous peoples. In the late 1990s, scientific investigations by Environment Waikato (now the Waikato Regional Council), the regional authority responsible for environmental management in the Lake Taupo catchment, revealed that water quality in Lake Taupo was gradually declining.

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  • Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy

    Synthesis of the four organisations, OECD, IEA, NEA and the ITF’s initial diagnosis of where and how existing policy and regulatory frameworks may not be aligned with a low-carbon economy. This major collaborative report responds to a request made by ministers and representatives of OECD member countries and the European Union to identify where existing policy and regulatory frameworks are at odds with climate policy, i.e. where existing policies may make climate policy less effective than it could be otherwise.

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


  • Climate Lecture and video by the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the London School of Economics and Aviva Investors, in association with ClimateWise, July 2015



OECD work on environment 2015-16

What we do - Help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.

What we are - An extension to national governments’ analytical capacity, providing policy-relevant analysis and recommendations based on reliable environmental data, outlooks and cross-country experiences. A forum for governments and representatives from business and civil society for constructive dialogue on how best to develop and implement environmental policies across OECD and other countries.

Who we serve - OECD has 34 member countries and enhances its engagement with Brazil, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.


Did you know?

  • Global emissions of CO2 from the energy sector have grown by more than 1.5% per year since 1990. Explicit carbon pricing and supporting policies can help control this growth.

  • Although 60% of the world's population lives in Asia, the continent has only 36% of the world's water resources.

  • A global carbon market could help reduce "carbon leakage" where industries migrate to locations with no climate change mitigation policies.

Watch our video on Environment Key Facts.

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