Environmental indicators, modelling and outlooks

Beyond climate: Environmental indicators - COP21 side event


Wednesday 9 December, 17:15 Paris Time (4:15 PM GMT)


What do the indicators tell us?  Building on OECD indicators, Guillaume Sainteny, Aldo Ravazzi, Myriam Linster and Simon Upton repositioned the climate in the broader context of major environmental issues and related policies: the circular economy and material productivity, sustainable management of natural resources, environmental quality and health, biodiversity, taxation and economic instruments.


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  • Myriam Linster manages environmental information and indicators at the OECD. She co-ordinated Environment at a glance 2015. 
  • Aldo Ravazzi Douvan - Senior Advisor on green growth, sustainable development and environmental fiscal reform at the Italian ministry of the Environment; and Chair of the OECD Working Party on Environmental Performance. 
  • Simon Upton - OECD Environment Director since 2010. He is a former MP and Environment minister in New Zealand.
  • Guillaume Sainteny teaches sustainable development at the French engineering school Agro Paris Tech. He worked as a Director of economic studies and environmental evaluation at the French Environment ministry.
    He recently published Le climat qui cache la forêt (see below)


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Environment at a Glance 2015 cover

Environment at a glance 2015

OECD, 2015

The data are there to prove it: whether we are talking about natural resource consumption, waste generation or air emissions, decoupling is possible. These positive developments are attributable both to the rise of the services sector and with it, the displacement of resource- and pollution-intensive production abroad, as well as to policy action and technical progress. The economic crisis also contributed to relieve some pressures on the environment.
Environment at a Glance also reveals where progress has slowed or is insufficient. There is substantial scope for strengthening air and climate policies, changing patterns of energy consumption, improving waste and materials management, preserving biodiversity and natural assets, and implementing more integrated policies.


Le climat qui cache la forêt

Rue de l'échiquier, 2015

"Climate change is real and incredibly important, and we can’t deny it. But since the nineties, this subject has grown so much that it now dominates, sometimes hides and even damages environmental policies."
"Yes, climate change is a major problem, but it is not more important than air and water pollution, soil erosion or loss of biodiversity. That is what Guillaume Sainteny shows us by comparing, for example, the number of premature deaths induced by these different kinds of problems, their economic cost or the observations and the hierarchy of recommendations established by the major international organizations."

This book, released two months before the COP, opened the debate in the French media. See discussions (in French) on Slate and Reporterre.  



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