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About the Environment Directorate

Leadership

Alain de Serres, Acting Director, Environment Directorate

Mr. Alain de Serres

Acting Director, Environment Directorate (OECD)

Since 1 April 2022, Alain de Serres oversees the implementation of the Directorate’s programme of work over a broad range of environmental issues including green growth, climate change, biodiversity, quality of ecosystems, eco-innovation, circular economy and resource productivity.

Before that, Alain was Deputy Director in the Policy Studies Branch of the OECD Economics Department, where he has been overseeing the Department’s work on the role and impact of institutional and policy settings in addressing economic challenges, such as weak productivity growth, income inequality, high debt levels and climate change mitigation.

Alain also contributed to OECD work for the G20 and G7, including in the areas of economuic resilience and sustainable growth; and as recently worked on economic and financial resilience and, prior to that, on the policy determinants of investment in knowledge-based capital, as well as on green growth policies.

Part of his work has been published in journals such as Economic Policy, European Economic Review, Environmental and Resource Economics and the Journal of Economic Geography.

Before joining the OECD, Alain has worked for many years at the Bank of Canada and the Ministry of Finance in Ottawa.

Alain is a Canadian national.

Leadership

Kumi Kitamori, Acting Deputy Director, Environment Directorate

Ms Kumi Kitamori

Acting Deputy Director and Head of Division, Green Growth & Global Relations, Environment Directorate (OECD)

Since 1 April 2022, Kumi Kitamori supports the Acting Director in overseeing the work of the Environment Directorate, which provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice to support governments in identifying and implementing the environmental policies needed to support a cleaner, more resource-efficient and low-carbon green growth path, in coordination with other directorates.

As Head of Green Growth & Global Relations Division since 2015, Kumi oversees the mainstreaming of green growth in the work of various policy committees of the OECD and in member and partner countries. This includes a dedicated programme that promotes green growth policies, finance and investment in the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. Prior to this, she worked in the OECD Environment Directorate on various issues including emissions trading and taxes, water pricing, climate change, biodiversity, health & environment, among others. She led a flagship project OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 published in 2012. During 2005-2006, she served as Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General.

Prior to joining the OECD in 2000, Kumi was at the World Bank where she worked extensively in South and Southeast Asia on urban and environmental infrastructure projects (green finance for urban infrastructure, water supply & sanitation, cleaner production, etc). Kumi holds BA and MSc in development and economics from New York University and London School of Economics.

Kumi is a Japanese national.

Who we are and how we work

The Environment Directorate helps countries design and implement effective policies to address environmental problems and sustainably manage natural resources. It examines the linkages between the environment and economic, sectoral or social concerns in areas such as green growth, climate change, biodiversity, water, waste and the circular economy, the ocean, resource efficiency, environmental taxes, genetically modified crop safety, agriculture, transport, trade, investment and development.


The Committee structures

The OECD Environment Policy Committee

The Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) implements the OECD’s Environment Programme. Established in 1971, EPOC consists of senior-level delegates from capitals and meets three times every two years. The Committee holds meetings at the Ministerial level approximately every four years.

EPOC oversees work on: country reviews, indicators and outlooks, climate change, natural resource management, policy tools and evaluation, environment and development, and resource efficiency and waste, supported by EPOC’s seven Working Parties. EPOC also formally co-operates with other OECD Committees, including through Joint Working Parties on Trade and Environment and on Agriculture and Environment, as well as Joint Meetings of Experts on Tax and Environment. The committee also works with other OECD committees to ensure consistency of the messages as they pertain to environment as well as ensuring horizontal links with other work in the OECD.

The OECD Chemicals Committee

The Chemicals Committee, like EPOC, reports directly to the OECD Council. EPOC’s Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology and the Chemicals Committee together form the Joint Meeting which oversees the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Programme.

Newsletters

The OECD regularly publishes newsletters featuring the latest publications, analysis, events, Green Talks LIVE webinars, articles and blogs related to environment, chemical safety and biosafety and green growth and sustainable development. Sign up for our newsletters on:

» Environment;

» Chemical safety and biosafety;

» Green growth and sustainable development.

Contact us

You can reach the Environment Directorate via email at env.contact@oecd.org.

Our offices
OECD Boulogne
46, quai Alphonse Le Gallo
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt - France

Postal address
OECD Environment Directorate
2 rue André-Pascal
75116 Paris - France