Environment and Sustainable Development
Responsable Delegate: Dr. Sven Reutzel, Tel. +33 (0)1 55 74 57 08, Contact Form
The OECD develops concrete recommendations for its Member countries to tackle environmental problems effectively and economically and regularly examines the status of environment policy in its Member countries using various indicators. The central issues, in which Germany is also particularly engaged, include climate change and climate finance and water resources management. The OECD also fulfils an important function as a forum for the exchange of experience and for policy coordination, something which Germany particularly appreciates.
The OECD supports its members through its work in the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC), Joint Working Parties such as those on Agriculture and the Environment, Trade and Environment and the Joint Meeting of Experts on Taxation and Environment, which cooperate with EPOC. Germany is represented here by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Permanent Representation.
The Environmental Performance Reviews, comprehensive analyses of environment policy in the Member countries and some non-members published regularly, are especially important. These analyses take the form of peer reviews, i.e. a country is monitored by representatives of other Member countries. An EPR was published for Germany in 2012.
Sustainable development is a cross-cutting task affecting all areas of the OECD’s work. To reflect this, the OECD has held an annual forum on different aspects of green growth and sustainability since 2012. The OECD’s goal of promoting economic development is also viewed from this new angle. “Optimum economic development” is now defined in terms of sustainability, which is an overarching regulatory principle nowadays. Sustainable development has three dimensions: economic, environmental and social. Numerous studies have been published on this.
In 2011 the OECD developed a Green Growth Strategy which aims to define a strategy for growth which is both environmentally responsible and sustainable. Now that it has become clear that the traditional parameter for quantifying growth – change in GNP – is in itself no longer sufficiently indicative, a further aim is to establish indicators with which to measure environmentally responsible growth.