Policy Briefs

  • 29-September-2020


    Policy Brief: Biodiversity and the economic response to COVID-19: Ensuring a green and resilient recovery

    This OECD policy brief focuses on the vital role of biodiversity for human life and the importance of integrating biodiversity considerations into the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • 4-May-2020


    Policy Brief: Environmental health and strengthening resilience to pandemics

    This brief focuses on the role of environmental policy in enhancing environmental health and reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to pandemics and other shocks in the future. The brief highlights policy actions in relation to air quality, water and sanitation, waste management and biodiversity protection that can contribute to well-being and increased resilience.

  • 4-May-2020


    Policy Brief: From containment to recovery: Environmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

    The focus of this brief is on the immediate steps that governments can take to ensure that emergency measures implemented to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis do not derail their efforts to address pressing environmental challenges and improve the environmental health and resilience of societies.

  • 31-January-2020

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    Mexico Policy Brief : Building infrastructure compatible with climate change

    While Mexico needs to increase investment in infrastructure, the government should be mindful of environmental impacts and international commitments.

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  • 31-October-2016

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    Indonesia Policy Brief: Promoting Green Growth for Sustainable Resource Use

    Indonesia is a resource-rich and biodiverse country. Economic prospects are favourable, but realising them will require placing Indonesia’s development trajectory on a more environmentally sustainable path.

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  • 31-March-2016

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    Lithuania Policy Brief: Towards a Reduction in Energy Intensity

    Lithuania's energy intensity is high in international comparison. Lowering it will make the country less dependent on energy imports, while at the same time contributing to a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other pollutants.

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  • 31-January-2016

    English, PDF, 357kb

    Israel Policy Brief: Improving the Effectiveness of Environmental Taxation

    Despite a relatively good performance on several points compared to other countries, there is still scope for improving the effectiveness of Israel’s taxation policy from an environmental perspective.

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  • 1-December-2015

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    Policy Brief: Policy paths for tackling climate change

    Climate change mitigation requires globally, at national levels and locally, and across a range of policy areas. Priorities include widening the scope of carbon markets and investing more in innovative technologies. Efforts to cut emissions need to be stepped up, both in energy-related areas and in sectors like industry, agriculture and waste.

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  • 30-November-2015

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    Brazil Policy Brief: Improving Water Resources Governance

    Brazil has made significant progress in water governance over the past two decades, but the reform is still incomplete to fully reap the economic, social and environmental benefits.

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  • 23-November-2015

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    Policy Brief: Three steps to a low-carbon economy

    Tackling climate change will require action in three key areas. First, we must strengthen carbon pricing and remove fossil fuel subsidies. Second, we must remove barriers to green investment. And third, we must align policies across the economy to leave fossil fuels behind and improve transparency on climate finance.

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