Category: COVID-19

Let’s choose to challenge the climate crisis with a gender lens

By Sigita Strumskyte, Dimitra Xynou, Amelia Smith and Shanda Moorghen, OECD Environment Directorate On 8 March, the world will observe International Women’s Day under the theme #ChooseToChallenge. It is a day to recognise achievements, spread awareness and strengthen commitments to creating more inclusive societies,… Continue Reading “Let’s choose to challenge the climate crisis with a gender lens”

2021: Adaptation comes to the fore

By Catherine Gamper and Nicolina Lamhauge, OECD Environment Directorate We entered 2021, full of hope that the approval of COVID-19 vaccines would bring some respite from the crisis brought about by the pandemic. With manufacturing delays, unequal access and delays in the roll-out of… Continue Reading “2021: Adaptation comes to the fore”

Securing natural capital on land

By Kumi Kitamori and Shanda Moorghen, OECD Environment Directorate We have built our economies on the premise that land is a primary factor of production. Much of our natural capital, such as biodiversity and ecosystem services, is based on land and there is little… Continue Reading “Securing natural capital on land”

Is the COVID-19 crisis spurring a transition to net-zero emissions in the oil and gas sector?

By Andrew Prag and Guy Halpern, OECD Environment Directorate Almost all economic sectors have suffered due to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. For the oil and gas industry, already battered on one side by low prices due to an oil price war between Russia and… Continue Reading “Is the COVID-19 crisis spurring a transition to net-zero emissions in the oil and gas sector?”

COVID-19 and the climate crisis: Combining green budgeting and tax policy tools for a better recovery

By Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Governance, and Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration It has been said that the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best for today. When the President of the French Republic confirmed France’s… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and the climate crisis: Combining green budgeting and tax policy tools for a better recovery”

Building back bluer

by Kate Kooka (Ocean Advisor) and Anthony Cox (Deputy Director), Environment Directorate “We must ‘Build Back Bluer’”, urged Kenya’s Ambassador Macharia Kamau (Principal Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs) at a Virtual Ocean Dialogue on the COVID-19 crisis, regional peace and security,… Continue Reading “Building back bluer”

The challenges of greening urban mobility in the post-pandemic era

By Katherine Farrow, Ioannis Tikoudis and Walid Oueslati, OECD Environment Directorate In the aftermath of the pandemic, policy makers face unique challenges in managing urban transport, but also an opportunity to steer urban mobility towards a more sustainable, resilient future. The Covid-19 crisis has… Continue Reading “The challenges of greening urban mobility in the post-pandemic era”

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”

Time for Nature: Is a global public health crisis what it takes to protect the planet’s biodiversity?

By Edward Perry, Policy Analyst, OECD Environment Directorate Today is World Environment Day. As countries across the globe are still reeling from the human, social and economic cost of COVID-19, dedicating today to nature might seem ill-timed. Let me tell you – it’s not.… Continue Reading “Time for Nature: Is a global public health crisis what it takes to protect the planet’s biodiversity?”

Déjà vu all over again …. Or is it? Learning from the past to green the COVID-19 recovery

By Shardul Agrawala, Head of the Environment and Economy Integration Division, OECD Environment As governments rush to commit vast sums of money to respond to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, there are growing calls to “green” these recovery packages. In a way, it’s like déjà… Continue Reading “Déjà vu all over again …. Or is it? Learning from the past to green the COVID-19 recovery”