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Green Talks LIVE


The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings experts together to discuss pressing environmental issues. For a global audience, these free webinars are open to the general public and participants are welcome to pose questions during the Q&A segment. Video recordings of our Green Talks are made available online afterwards.

Register for an upcoming webinar or watch the video recordings of our past webinars below.

register to join the webinar: Assessing the Economic Impacts of Environmental Policies

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Join us on 17 May 2021 from 15:00-16:30 CEST / 9:00-10:30 EDT, as OECD Chief Economist Laurence Boone presents evidence from a decade of OECD research and analysis, which looks at the relationship between environmental policies and economic outcomes such as employment, investment, trade and productivity. Over the years, governments have gradually adopted more rigorous environmental policies to tackle challenges associated with pressing environmental issues, such as climate change, air pollution, waste management or biodiversity loss. The ambition of these policies is, however, often tempered by their perceived negative effects on the economy.

In a world characterised by the rise in global value chains and capital flows, do differences in the stringency of environmental policies across countries alter firms’ competitiveness and cost jobs? Does taking the lead trigger a first-mover advantage? What are the differentiated impacts across firms, industries and regions? And are these policies effective in reducing emissions from industry?

We will explore these questions in the context of the Covid-19 crisis and green recovery with insights on designing environmental policies to ensure the largest benefits and compensate workers and industries that may lose out. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers.


Introduction: Rodolfo Lacy, OECD Environment Director

Presentation of key findings: Laurence Boone, OECD Chief Economist

Panel discussion with:

  • Al McGartland, Director, National Center for Environmental Economics, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Clare Lombardelli, Chief Economic Adviser, HM Treasury, United Kingdom
  • Riccardo Barbieri, Chief Economist, Italian Treasury

Moderated by: Shardul Agrawala, Head of the OECD Environment and Economy Integration Division

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes (Presentation and panel discussion, followed by Q&A session)

This webinar will take place via Zoom and advance registration is required.

Read more about OECD work on the economic impacts of environmental policies.


On 25 March 2021, Shunta Yamaguchi and Rob Dellink of the OECD Environment Directorate presented the role of international trade in the transition to a resource efficient and circular economy. The presentation highlighted findings from a series of recent OECD reports, including: The Consequences of a more resource efficient and circular economy for international trade patterns and International trade and circular economy: Policy alignment.

A circular economy aims to transform the current linear economy into a circular model to reduce consumption of finite material resources by recovering materials from waste streams for recycling or reuse, using products longer, and exploiting the potential of the sharing and services economy. Circular economy policies and initiatives largely take place domestically at the national or regional level. However, they have important interlinkages with international trade.

International trade plays an important role in circular supply chains in materials and products, end-of-life value chains in waste and scrap, secondary raw materials and second-hand goods. In this light, how can trade contribute to a more resource efficient and circular economy? How would the circular economy transition have an impact on global trade patterns? And in what ways can we secure coherence in these two policy areas?

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Recycling, waste, materials use, resource efficiency 






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