OECD Green Growth Studies

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2222-9523 (online)
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2222-9515 (print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/22229523
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The OECD Green Growth Strategy aims to provide concrete recommendations and measurement tools, including indicators, to support countries’ efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which well-being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development.

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14 Oct 2013
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140
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9789264203525 (PDF) ;9789264203518(print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264203525-en

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This report synthesises the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives related to green growth in the agricultural sector, based primarily on material provided by governments. It discusses the overall approach that countries are taking towards establishing a green growth strategy in agriculture; the implementation of the OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth in agriculture; and the various policy instruments used.

A key conclusion is that, while most countries have some policies in place that relate to the concept of green growth, the degree of ambition shows considerable variation. A wide range of instruments and a variety of “policy mixes” are currently applied across OECD countries, with the majority of countries appearing to have strategic objectives covering a wide range of subjects related to green growth, particularly in the area of improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture. A coherent overall policy framework that has clear objectives, sets R&D priorities, and policy measures that are targeted and implemented at the appropriate levels are essential to establish a comprehensive strategy for green growth in agriculture.

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  • Foreword

    Green growth has been identified as an alternative global growth trajectory, and ina many countries all economic sectors are being scrutinised for the extent to which they offer growth potential that is environmentally benign and socially beneficial. This report synthesises the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives related to green growth in the agricultural sector, based primarily on material provided by governments. It discusses: i) the overall approach that countries are taking towards establishing a green growth strategy in agriculture; ii) the implementation of the OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth in agriculture; and iii) the various policy instruments used. A key conclusion is that, while most countries have some policies in place that relate to the concept of green growth, the degree of ambition shows considerable variation. A wide range of instruments and a variety of "policy mixes" are currently applied across OECD countries, with the majority of countries appearing to have strategic objectives covering a wide range of subjects related to green growth, particularly in the area of improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture.

  • Executive summary

    The purpose of this report is to synthesise the experience of OECD countries in developing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives related to green growth in the agricultural sector.

  • Green growth and agriculture

    Green growth has been identified as an alternative global growth trajectory, and in many countries economic sectors are being scrutinised for the extent to which they offer growth potential that is environmentally benign and socially beneficial. This introductory chapter provides a concise discussion of the concept of green growth and its relation to agriculture, and explains the objective of the report, which is to provide a synthesis of the policy instruments that OECD member countries have adopted in order to achieve their green growth objectives in agriculture.

  • Green growth strategies in agriculture in OECD countries

    Chapter 2 discusses the approaches that countries are taking towards establishing green growth strategies in agriculture, including strategic objectives and targets. While most OECD countries have some policies in place relating to green growth, the degree of ambition shows considerable variation. The most commonly mentioned strategic objectives refer to energy and to greenhouse gas emissions. Some countries have objectives relating to promoting sustainable production and consumption while very few have reported objectives aimed at creating more green jobs in the agricultural sector.
    This chapter also discusses the implementation of the OECD framework for monitoring progress towards green growth in agriculture.

  • Policies for improving productivity and resource efficiency in the context of green growth

    Innovation, together with market-based incentives and appropriate regulation and taxation, can accelerate the transition to greener growth and help decouple environmental degradation from economic growth. New technologies realised through R and D have the potential to reduce the load of known toxins in agricultural production, substitute safer alternatives, protect ground or surface waters, conserve natural habitats, reduce nutrient loads in soils, lower gaseous nitrogen loss and reduce the amount of nonrenewable energy used in the cropping cycle. This chapter discusses policies for improving productivity and resource efficiency in the context of promoting green growth, paying particular attention to R and D, technology and innovations.

  • Policies oriented towards improving the environment

    A central issue in achieving green growth is to ensure that all the costs associated with economic activity are reflected in production and consumption decisions. Market-based instruments (such as environmental-related taxes and charges and tradable permit systems) and non-market approaches (regulatory requirements or voluntary agreements) each have their own participation advantages and disadvantages.

  • Policy approaches, by country

    Chapter 5 presents a compilation of country experiences of policies and initiatives designed to achieve green growth in agriculture, by country, in the OECD area.

  • Conclusions

    A wide range of instruments and "policy mixes" are currently applied across OECD countries. Policy instruments relate not only to traditional regulatory approaches but to a much wider array of tools, including public-private partnerships and international cooperation in R and D to foster innovation for green growth in the sector.

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