Category: COVID-19

The green recovery: an opportunity to address inequalities?

By Enrico Botta, OECD Environment Directorate Over the past decade, inequalities in income and opportunities have increased. The income of the top 10% is over ten times larger than the bottom 10% while traditional opportunities for social mobility have withered. While official income inequality… Continue Reading “The green recovery: an opportunity to address inequalities?”

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?”

Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?

By Andrew Prag, OECD Environment Directorate When COVID-19 began to spread around the world, it brought with it many uncertainties. But one thing was quickly clear: the depth of the economic and social crisis was going to require massive government intervention to rescue jobs… Continue Reading “Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?”

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”