Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Enabling Local Green Growth: Addressing Climate Change Effects on Employment and Local Development



This OECD report summarises the analysis, findings and policy recommendations from the project on Climate Change, Employment and Local Development undertaken by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme.  The project comprised a study visit, a series of interviews with public and private stakeholders at national and local level, two surveys, and various workshops and events.  Four countries participated in the full project: Australia (Sydney), Poland (Podlaskie/ Pomorskie), Spain (Extremadura) and United Kingdom (London).  The European Commission provided a financial contribution towards the project. Earlier findings as part of this work have fed into the OECD Green Growth Strategy

The global launch of the report took place in Sydney, Australia, on 5-6 December 2011 in the presence of the Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.  The report suggests that the transition to a green economy will not necessarily mean job losses, but there are some barriers that need to be identified and overcome in order to ensure an effective transition.  The need to align local and national strategies towards green growth, building strong partnerships, identify transferable skills, and better target up-skilling programmes, are some of the recommendations emanating from this report.  These and other recommendations are illustrated by good practice models identified across the globe.  The report also suggests different approaches that have proven to be positive. 

The report Enabling Local Green Growth is now available here.

follow-up project will be carried out in 2012 to analyse in further detail some of the aspects arising from the report.  Countries and regions are invited to enroll in this project.

For further information on the report and on this activity, please contact the OECD LEED Secretariat.