Environment Directorate


  • Event: Global Forum on Environment - Plastics in a Circular Economy

    29-31 May 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark (by invitation only) - The OECD Forum will be seeking to incentivise a shift in sustainable chemistry thinking at the product design stage by identifying good practices, including tools and approaches, as well as a policy framework to reduce the environmental and health plastics impacts.

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  • Event: OECD at 8th World Water Forum

    18-23 March 2018 - Brasilia, Brazil - The OECD will actively participate in the Forum on the theme “Sharing Water” through a series of events: Roundtable on Financing Water) and the launch of a new OECD report "Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance".

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  • Report: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth

    The report shows that combining strong climate action with fiscal and structural reforms will boost growth in both the short and long term. The report was noted in the final communiqué of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, which is a strong endorsement of the message that climate and growth policies must go hand-in-hand.

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We help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.


When: Monday 9 April 2018 - 4 pm (Paris time) / 10 am (EST)

Green Talks Live Financing water‌Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a historic scaling up of investment in water.

The benefits from strategic investment in water security could exceed hundreds of billions of dollars annually by delivering valuable water services and reducing risks of flood and drought. To date, a strong economic case for water-related investment has failed to translate into a compelling financing case at scale globally.

What policies and financing approaches can help to unlock investment and mobilise additional sources of capital? How to ensure that financing flows to investments that contribute most to water security and sustainable growth?

Join Xavier Leflaive and Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate to discuss the challenges of financing water, innovative solutions and ways forward to accelerate action. The presentation will draw on emerging messages from The Roundtable on Financing Water.

Duration: 1 hour (Presentation of 20-30 minutes followed by Q&A)

Where: The convenience of your computer

To register for the online webinar:

1. Go to the online registration.

2. Click on "Register" and enter the requested information. There is no password required for registration.

3. Click "Submit".

MISSED THE RECENT GREEN talks ON Leveraging the smart grid to optimise energy consumption?

On 15 March, OECD Environment's visiting Senior Economist Nicholas Rivers (Professor, University of Ottawa) discussed OECD findings on the role of real-time electricity feedback in reducing consumption from the recently published Environment Working Paper "Leveraging the Smart Grid: The Effect of Real-Time Information on Consumer Decisions".

Watch the video recording of this webinar.

Households typically cannot observe the price or the amount of electricity that they consume in real-time, so that they do not have the basis to make well-informed decisions about their electricity consumption.

Can providing information help consumers to reduce their environmental footprint? The roll-out of smart electricity meters, which enable real-time feedback on electricity consumption to residential consumers, can help answer this question.



This brochure details how our Organisation is helping governments face up to cross-cutting, systemic challenges with a more holistic approach that is increasingly joining the dots between environment, growth and equity:

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