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  • 2-February-2021

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    Trade as a channel for environmental technologies diffusion - The case of the wind turbine manufacturing industry

    Only a small number of companies, located in a few countries, have specific technological expertise in wind turbine manufacturing. New quantitative analysis shows this expertise to be a significant driver of trade in wind turbines. Moreover, countries’ wind power generation efficiency is shown to depend on access to higher quality wind turbines available in international markets. Trade in wind turbines thus provides access to technologies with a level of efficiency that cannot be replicated domestically in importing countries. These results have important policy implications: i) barriers to trade in wind turbines are also barriers to the dissemination of key environmental technologies which are not otherwise widely available; ii) trade-discriminatory measures can also negatively impact non-manufacturing job creation in the renewable sector, as this relies on the continuous deployment of wind energy, which in turn depends on access to high quality turbines from international markets; and iii) policies should not focus on the creation of national champions, but rather on ensuring that domestic firms can apply their specific capabilities to new opportunities in the global value chains of renewables industries.
  • 27-January-2021

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    Food systems face a daunting triple challenge requiring governments to take a more holistic approach

    Food systems face the triple challenge of providing food security and nutrition for a growing global population, and livelihoods to farmers and others working in food supply chains around the world, all while improving environmental sustainability.

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  • 25-January-2021

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    Better use of energy taxes could strengthen developing country finances while cutting pollution

    Developing countries could raise much-needed public revenues, while cutting emissions and air pollution, by making better use of energy taxes and reducing energy subsidies, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 8-January-2021

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    Mobilising institutional investor capital for climate-aligned development

    Financing from institutional investors will be critical to achieving the sustainable development goals and curbing climate change. However, these large investors have been largely absent from multilateral initiatives to mobilise private capital. Partly as a result, such initiatives have been unable to reach the scale required for development finance to go 'from billions to trillions'. Successful mobilisation of private capital – including from institutional investors – has instead frequently taken place at the local level, by strategic investment funds and some green banks. At the same time, some institutional investors have been changing their modus operandi, from an intermediary to a collaborative model, and are re-localising their operations. The elimination of financial intermediaries with a short-term focus removes a bottleneck between two categories of long-term investors – institutional investors and multilateral finance institutions. That opens new opportunities for collaboration, as discussed in this paper.
  • 6-January-2021

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    Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

    The OECD will hold its 2021 Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum, under the theme “Lessons from COVID-19 response measures for a green recovery: rethinking the built environment and transport for a resilient sustainable future"” (November 16-17).

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  • 24-December-2020

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    Decarbonising Azerbaijan's Transport System - Charting the Way Forward

    This paper reviews opportunities and challenges for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from Azerbaijan’s transport sector. It provides an overview of Azerbaijan’s transport system and reviews the country’s existing policies and future plans for reducing CO2 emissions from transport. The paper also provides an overview of the data on transport activity and emissions available for Azerbaijan, and the tools used by government agencies for assessing them. Finally, it proposes options for further action in the context of ITF’s 'Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies' (DTEE) project.
  • 18-December-2020

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    Towards Water Security in Belarus - A Synthesis Report

    This report presents the results of collaboration on improving water security in Belarus, between the beneficiary country, the OECD and its partners implementing the EU-funded European Union Water Initiative Plus project. It provides an overview of the composition and distribution of the country’s water resources, including the particular challenges facing different regions (oblasts), and lays out the policy responses that Belarus has taken and planned to progress its overarching policy objective of ensuring water security within the framework of the future national Water Strategy in the Context of Climate Change for the Period until 2030. The report also provides an assessment of potential opportunities to boost water security in Belarus by supporting the country’s ongoing water policy reform agenda.
  • 14-December-2020

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD at commemoration of 60th Anniversary of the signature of the OECD Convention, 14 December 2020

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was joined by several world leaders to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the signature of the OECD Convention, on 14 December 2020.

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  • 14-December-2020

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    60th Anniversary of the OECD - Leaders’ Conversations "A Transformative Recovery: Forging a New Consensus for Economic, Social and Environmental Progress", 14 December 2020

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, delivered the opening remarks of the Leaders’ Conversations "A Transformative Recovery: Forging a New Consensus for Economic, Social and Environmental Progress", on the occasion of the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the signature of the OECD Convention, on 14 December 2020.

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  • 10-December-2020

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    Green growth in countries and territories

    There are now 47 Adherents to the 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Romania has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the Declaration.

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