OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: United Kingdom 2022
Over the past decade, the United Kingdom has reduced several environmental pressures
while growing its economy. Ahead of its presidency of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference
of the Parties, it has led the way by raising its national ambition. However, air
pollution, deteriorating natural assets and missed biodiversity targets are all concerns.
Further efforts are needed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, prepare
for climate change, reverse biodiversity loss and ensure a more resource-efficient
circular economy. Strengthening co‑ordination between the United Kingdom and devolved
governments, as well as enhancing coherence between sectoral and environmental policies
will be key.
This is the third Environmental Performance Review of the United Kingdom. It evaluates
progress towards green growth, with a special chapter focusing on waste, materials
management and the circular economy.
Published on June 22, 2022Also available in: French
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