OECD Conference on the Economics of Climate Change - Friday 18 Sept 2009


10/09/2009 - As world leaders head into serious discussions in the coming weeks about how to address climate change, new OECD work will inform some of the most contentious issues of the debate – those related to the costs involved.


Examining the elements necessary for a successful agreement at Copenhagen’s COP15, discussions will focus on the most cost efficient ways to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, such as emission trading schemes or carbon taxes, as well concerns about competitiveness and “carbon leakage”. The funding of adaptation to climate change, and incentives for political support for global action will also be discussed.


OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, will hold a news conference at 14:00 on Friday 18 September in the OECD Conference Centre to outline the results of this meeting and other OECD work on the economics of climate change including a new book, “The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012”.


Conference participants from developed and developing countries include high-level officials from environment ministries, senior economists, climate change experts, business leaders and academics – each supporting the discussions with their expertise and point of view. Expected speakers include: Kazuhiko Takemoto, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environment, Japan; Liana Bratasida, Assistant Minister for Global Environmental Affairs and International Cooperation, Indonesia; Jos Delbeke, Director General for Environment, European Commission; Ross Garnaut, Special Advisor to the Australian government; Denny Ellerman, MIT Sloan School of Management; Angel Gurría,  OECD Secretary-General.


The programme is available at


Journalists wishing to request the book and/or register for the meeting and news conference are invited to contact [email protected] or phone + 331 45 24 80 97.


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