Category: Circular economy & resource efficiency

Are lower pollution levels really the silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic?

By Rob Dellink, OECD Environment Directorate The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines with distressing messages about the negative effects on health and the economy. But sometimes a positive message creeps through. The long months of lockdown and reduced economic activity have reduced emissions… Continue Reading “Are lower pollution levels really the silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic?”

Can modelling help better understand the transition to a more circular economy?

By Ruben Bibas, Jean Chateau, Rob Dellink, Elisa Lanzi, Eleonora Mavroeidi, OECD Environment Directorate Economic models have been used for decades to quantify the future costs and benefits of climate policies. With increasing interest in the concept and implementation of a circular economy, the… Continue Reading “Can modelling help better understand the transition to a more circular economy?”

COVID-19 and the looming plastics pandemic

By Frithjof Laubinger and Nikhil Varghese, Circular Economy and Waste Team, OECD Environment Directorate During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the city was dealing with more than 240 tons of medical waste a day, a six-fold increase over the amount being… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and the looming plastics pandemic”

What is the environmental footprint of Christmas?

By Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate Type “Christmas and environment” into Google and you will get page after page of tips on how to have a sustainable festive and holiday season. Running the whole gamut of topics from the Christmas tree to… Continue Reading “What is the environmental footprint of Christmas?”