Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

This report provides an assessment of how governments can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth. It describes the development pathways required to meet the Paris Agreement objectives and underlines the value of well-aligned policy packages in mobilising investment and social support for the transition while enhancing growth. The report also sets out the structural, financial and political changes needed to enable the transition.

Published on May 23, 2017

SUMMARIESavailable in 16 languages

English Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth (Summary in English)
French Investir dans le climat, investir dans la croissance
Spanish Invertir en el clima, invertir en el crecimiento
German Investieren in Klimaschutz, Investieren in Wachstum
Japanese 気候への投資、成長への投資
Italian Investire nel clima, investire nella crescita
Arabic الاستثمار في المناخ استثمار في النمو
Chinese 投资于气候,投资于增长
Dutch Investeren in het klimaat, investeren in groei
Hebrew השקעה באקלים, השקעה בצמיחה
Indonesian Berinvestasi dalam Iklim, Berinvestasi dalam Pertumbuhan
Korean 기후에 대한 투자, 성장에 대한 투자
Portuguese Investir no Clima, Investir no Crescimento
Russian Инвестируя в климат, инвестируем в рост
Swedish En investering i klimatet, en investering i tillväxt
Turkish İklime Yatırım, Büyümeye Yatırım


Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
A decisive transition for growth and climate
Pathways from Paris
Infrastructure for climate and growth
Growth implications of climate action
Policies for scaling up low-emission and resilient investment
Towards an inclusive transition
Mobilising financing for the transition
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OECD project on growth, investment and the low-carbon transition

In the context of the German G20 Presidency, the OECD undertook this major project on the economic growth and investment implications of the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy:


LAUNCH EVENT - 23 May 2017

Angel Gurria Petersberg Climate Dialogue 2017
The OECD-hosted international conference, in collaboration with the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and in conjunction with the Petersberg Climate Dialogueconference took place in the context of the German G20 presidency and attended by decision-makers from a large number of countries, business representatives as well as high-level actors of international co-operation.

‌The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría presented the results of this major report which provides a ground-breaking analysis of how low-emission and climate-resilient development can be achieved without compromising economic growth, competitiveness or well-being.

The programme and some of the questions debated at the event:

  • How can governments ensure that climate-friendly growth policies provide a major boost to short-term growth while increasing longer-term resilience?
  • What development pathways will get us to the Paris Agreement outcomes?
  • How do investment flows need to change to get us there? What are the growth and structural implications of going low carbon?
  • How can governments create the conditions to drive a prosperous transition?



Download the Summary of Discussion - Launch event (PDF)

dissemination activities and outreach

Since the launch of the report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" in Germany in May 2017, find out more on our communication activities and outreach events held in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

More events are being organised throughout 2018.

Dissemination activities and outreach for OECD report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" from OECD Environment

Synthesis and executive summary

Download the Synthesis: English / German / French / Japanese / Spanish / Chinese 

Download the Executive Summary: English / German / French / Japanese




Watch our video on the OECD report “Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth.

Governments around the world are facing the imperatives of re-invigorating growth while improving livelihoods and urgently tackling climate change.

The report provides an assessment of how they can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth.

Green Talks LIVE June 2017

Watch OECD Environment Director Simon Upton presenting key findings from the report during a Green Talks LIVE webinar held on 22 June 2017.

The report shows that integrating measures to tackle climate change into regular economic policy will have a positive impact on economic growth over the medium and long term.

A climate-friendly policy package can increase long-run output by up to 2.8% on average across the G20 by 2050 and if avoided climate damage are also taken into account, this rises to nearly 5%.

more Events

12 December 2017 - OECD at One Planet Summit

7-8 July 2017 - G20 Hamburg Summit

The OECD work and the OECD report "Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth" have been recognised and welcomed in the G20 Leaders’ Declaration.

G20 Germany 2017 Hamburg Angel Gurria Angela Merkel

G20 Summit Declaration of the Heads of State and Government

G20 Summit - Agreed document





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