Climate change

OECD Conference on the Economics of Climate Change (18 September 2009)


The OECD has been working on the economics of climate change since the late 1980s. Thanks to this experience, we have developed a capacity to help countries to identify and implement cost-effective policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to integrate adaptation to climate change into all relevant policy areas. 



The purpose of the Conference was to bring together high level experts, government decision-makers and representatives from civil society to discuss how climate change mitigation and adaptation can best be tackled in an economically efficient manner, including by ensuring sufficient incentives for participation by all.


Background material


Analytical input to the Conference included OECD work on:




Session 1 : Mitigation Climate Change

  • Jorgen Elmeskov, Director, Policy Branch, OECD Economics Department PDF
  • Brian McLean, Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, US PDF
  • Chris Lenon, Global Head of Taxation, Rio Tinto Cie, BIAC PDF


Session 2 : Adapting to Climate Change

  • Shardul Agrawala, Senior Economist, Climate Change, OECD Environment Directorate PDF
  • Kazuhiko Takemoto, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environment, Japan PDF
  • David Bresch, Director, Sustainability and Emerging Risk Management, Swiss Reinsurance Co PDF
  • Shruti Mehrotra, Associate-Director, World Economic Forum PDF


Session 3 : Building Political Support for Global Action against Climate Change

  • Chris Dodwell,Head of International Climate Change Division, Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK PDF
  • Carlo Carraro, President, University of Venice, and Director of Research, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan PDF
  • Jose Garibaldi,Climate Change Advisor to Peru, Colombia and a number of other Latin American countries PDF




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