Climate change

Focus

  • Report: Human Acceleration of the Nitrogen Cycle

    20 November 2018 - This report examines the risks associated with the release of excessive nitrogen into the environment (climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, air pollution, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of soil quality). The report also examines the uncertainty associated with the ability of nitrogen to move from one ecosystem to another and cause "cascading effects".

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  • Report: Project Pipelines for Low-Carbon Infrastructure

    12 November 2018 - This report aims to provide policy makers with a comprehensive examination of “project pipelines”, a common concept in infrastructure planning and investment discussions, and one which has become a focal point in countries’ efforts to implement their climate commitments. The analysis is structured around some basic but important guiding questions, including: What is meant by project pipelines?

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  • Event: High-level Discussion on Financing Climate Futures

    25 September, New York - The OECD, UN Environment and the World Bank Group hosted a high-level discussion on their joint initiative,“Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure”. Scaling-up and shifting financial flows to low-emission and resilient infrastructure investments is critical to delivering on the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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OECD climate change work is focusing on how to move countries to a low-carbon and climate resilient pathway, and how to improve the effectiveness of the global climate regime.

Key areas of work

 

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Taxing Energy Use: Reforming energy tax systems to achieve environmental goals

With almost no emissions from energy use priced at levels required to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius, there is still considerable scope, and an urgent need, to improve the use of taxation to reduce pollution and combat climate change.

How do energy and carbon taxes differ across countries, different fuels and sectors? What should be done to reduce emissions and reach global climate goals at minimum cost?

Environmental tax economists from the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration discussed the key findings from the OECD publication, Taxing Energy Use 2018, which measures the magnitude and coverage of energy and carbon taxes in 42 OECD and G20 countries and provides a first appreciation of changes in energy and carbon taxes over time. Access the full presentation.

 

LECTURE BY OECD SECRETARY-GENERAL ANGEL GURRÍA - climate action: TIME FOR IMPLEMENTATION

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