OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives. Reviews promote peer learning, enhance government accountability, and provide targeted recommendations aimed at improving countries’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. They are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data and evidence-based analysis. Each cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected partner countries. The most recent reviews include: Spain (2015), Brazil (2015) and Chile (2016).
This report is the third Environmental Performance Review of France. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on energy transition and biodiversity.
The OECD Headquarters was open to the general public for the Journées du Patrimoine on 17-18 September 2016.
France has endured recent challenges to its freedoms and I am certain that it will respond again by reaffirming the very same values that we celebrated yesterday during Bastille day: Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.
France has improved its environmental performance over the last decade, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing some air pollutants and cutting its use of fresh water. Further effort will be needed, however, to reduce pollution by nitrates and pesticides and meet ambitious renewable energy targets, according to a new OECD report.
This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.
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Unemployment in France is finally stabilising but remains high, at 9.9% of the labour force in May 2016. It will slowly continue to decrease in 2017.
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2017 is now OPEN. The CRP supports work on sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, forests, fisheries and food production.
Allow me first to express again my congratulations to France for the climate agreement obtained at COP21. This is indeed a historic agreement that will influence the future of our planet. I am particularly proud that the OECD was able to contribute to this milestone!
The Paris floods are another call to action for the international community. Preventing such shocks from happening and limiting the damage they cause should be a public policy priority.
The global economy is stuck in a low-growth trap that will require more coordinated and comprehensive use of fiscal, monetary and structural policies to move to a higher growth path and ensure that promises are kept to both young and old, according to the OECD’s latest Global Economic Outlook.