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  • 14-September-2020

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    More can be done to ensure a green recovery from COVID-19 crisis

    Many countries are making “green” recovery measures a central part of stimulus packages to drive sustainable, inclusive, resilient economic growth and improve well-being in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. However some countries are also implementing measures that risk having a negative environmental impact and locking in unsustainable growth, according to new OECD analysis discussed by member country ministers today.

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  • 11-September-2020

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    OECD countries make partial progress updating rules on international shipping of plastic waste

    OECD countries have agreed to update rules on the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes so that advance consent from destination countries will be required ahead of shipping. However, they did not reach consensus on updated arrangements for the export of non-hazardous plastic waste. OECD countries have agreed to review the situation for non-hazardous plastic waste in 2024.

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  • 8-September-2020

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    Countries must do more to ensure sustainable development of ocean activities

    Countries need to work together to defend the ocean from a steady rise in temperature, pollution and overfishing that threatens its ability to continue supporting marine life and providing food and income to billions of people, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 22-June-2020

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    Carbon pricing design: Effectiveness, efficiency and feasibility - An investment perspective

    Carbon pricing helps countries steer their economies towards and along a carbon-neutral growth path. This paper considers how the design of carbon pricing instruments affects their effectiveness, efficiency and feasibility. Design choices matter both for taxes and Emissions Trading Systems (ETSs). Considering the role of carbon price stability for clean investment, the paper shows how volatile carbon prices can cause risk-averse investors to forego clean investment that they would have undertaken with more stable prices. The paper then evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of policy instruments to stabilise carbon prices in ETSs, which tend to produce more volatile carbon prices than taxes. The paper analyses the auction reserve price in California, the carbon price support in the UK, and the market stability reserve in the EU ETS. Considering feasibility, the paper discusses the tax (or emissions) base, how revenue use can affect support from households and firms, and administrative choices.
  • 16-June-2020

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    Decarbonising Urban Mobility with Land Use and Transport Policies - The Case of Auckland, New Zealand

    The report presents an in-depth analysis of various policies that aim to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of urban transport. Decarbonising transport lies at the core of efforts to mitigate climate change and has close links to urban sustainability and housing affordability. The report identifies the drivers of rising emissions in the urban transport sector and offers pathways to reduce them through a combination of transport and land use policies. The analysis yields a holistic welfare evaluation of these policies, assessing them according to their environmental effectiveness, their economic efficiency and their impact on fiscal balance and housing affordability. The report concludes that significant reductions in emissions from urban transport can be achieved through a careful alignment of transport policies designed to promote the use of public transit and electric vehicles, and land use policies, which foster a more compact urban form. The study is based on the case of Auckland, New Zealand but the lessons drawn are relevant for institutions and governments working on issues relating to urban sustainability, transport, housing and climate change mitigation.
  • 12-June-2020

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    OECD-WWF High-Level Dialogues: Driving a Green and Resilient Recovery - A Green Recovery and the Financial System

    Friday 12 June: join the OECD and WWF for a High-Level Dialogue providing a dynamic platform and opportunity to share insights and look at pragmatic pathways towards building greener and more resilient post-COVID-19 societies. This third dialogue will focus on “A Green Recovery and the Financial System”.

  • 5-June-2020

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    OECD-WWF High-Level Dialogues: Driving a Green and Resilient Recovery - Nature-Based Solutions as a Force for a Green and Resilient Recovery

    Friday 5 June: join OECD and WWF for the second of three high-level dialogues aimed at informing the development of better, greener and more resilient post-COVID-19 societies. This second dialogue will focus on “Nature-Based Solutions as a Force for a Green and Resilient Recovery”. The next dialogue on "A Green Recovery and the Financial System" is scheduled on 12 June, the registration is now open.

  • 5-June-2020

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    Governments should use Covid-19 recovery efforts as an opportunity to phase out support for fossil fuels, say OECD and IEA

    As governments design stimulus measures for economies hit by the Covid-19 crisis, they should seize the opportunity of historically low oil prices to redirect some of the half a trillion dollars spent annually supporting fossil fuels into sustainable investments including low-carbon energy, according to the OECD and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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  • 29-May-2020

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    OECD-WWF High-Level Dialogues: Driving a Green and Resilient Recovery - Aligning NDCs with a post-COVID world

    Friday 29 May: join the OECD and WWF for three high-level dialogues providing a dynamic platform and opportunity to share insights and look at pragmatic pathways towards building greener and more resilient post-COVID-19 societies. The first dialogue will focus on “Aligning NDCs with a post-COVID world”. The next dialogues are scheduled on 5 and 12 June, the registration is now open.

  • 29-May-2020

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    Blog: Déja vu all over again... Or is it? Learning from the past to green the COVID-19 recovery

    As governments rush to commit vast sums of money to respond to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, there are growing calls to “green” these recovery packages. In a way, it’s like déjà vu all over again, to borrow a phrase from baseball legend Yogi Berra, reminiscent of similar calls in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007-08.

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