Tag: Environment

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 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”

Carbon tax, emissions reduction and employment: Some evidence from France

By Damien Dussaux, PhD, Environmental Economist, OECD Environment Directorate In September 2019 the French Parliament adopted a law on energy and climate which enshrines into French law the objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Carbon neutrality… Continue Reading “Carbon tax, emissions reduction and employment: Some evidence from France”

Why is the OECD looking at the environment?

By Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate Usually, the most interesting questions come out of left field. During the question and answer session at a conference on sustainable infrastructure last year, a young audience member asked the question: “Why is the OECD, an… Continue Reading “Why is the OECD looking at the environment?”