OECD Green Growth Studies

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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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23 May 2013
9789264195134 (PDF) ;9789264194885(print)

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This report studies green growth trends, challenges and opportunities in the City of Kitakyushu, Japan.  It firstly analyses socio-economic trends and the environmental performance of Kitakyushu; secondly reviews urban policies for land use, transport, buildings, waste, energy, water and industries that contribute to economic growth and reduce pressure on the environment; thirdly identifies innovation assets and actors in Kitakyushu and the northern Kyushu region and assesses Kitakyushu’s potential to bolster a regional green innovation system; and finally examines local, regional and national institutions, including horizontal and vertical co-ordination mechanisms that strengthen cross-sectoral and multilevel governance for green growth.

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  • Foreword
    Green growth has been a strategic pillar of the OECD’s work since 2009, when OECD member countries mandated the organisation to develop a Green Growth Strategy. Green growth has entered a number of areas of work in the OECD, including the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. The Directorate’s mission is to help governments at all levels design and implement strategic, evidencebased and innovative policies to strengthen public governance, respond effectively to diverse and disruptive economic, social and environmental challenges, and deliver on governments’ commitments to citizens.
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  • Executive summary
    This case study analyses the economic and environmental performance of the City of Kitakyushu, identifying best practices for green growth in policy and governance, and providing recommendations to further strengthen its potential for green growth. The unit of analysis is the City of Kitakyushu, the Kitakyushu metropolitan area (for the discussion of land use and density), or Fukuoka prefecture, when data is not available for the City of Kitakyushu.
  • Environmental and economic trends in Kitakyushu
    Chapter 1 provides an overview of environmental and socio-economic trends and challenges in the City of Kitakyushu. It reviews environmental improvements achieved over the past decades in the city and assesses current socio-economic and environmental trends and challenges that underpin its economic performance and prospects for green growth. It focuses on areas with green growth potential, notably identifying an emerging green sector and its potential to contribute to growth in Kitakyushu.
  • Policies and sectoral opportunities for green growth in Kitakyushu
    Chapter 2 reviews Kitakyushu’s plans, strategies and sectoral policies and their potential for further strengthening green growth. It assesses urban sectors and activities that foster economic growth and reduce pressure on the environment, focusing on land use and transportation, waste recycling, energy, energy efficiency in buildings as well as potentially undervalued industrial assets that could foster green growth and exports.
  • Unleashing Kitakyushu's green innovation potential
    Chapter 3 reviews the green technologies innovation ecosystem in Kitakyushu and in the northern Kyushu region. It identifies assets and key players for a regional innovation system, focusing on links between research and business, conditions for entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises, higher education, and regional collaboration on innovation, as well as international co-operation.
  • Fostering green growth in Kitakyushu through multilevel governance
    Chapter 4 examines the local, regional and national institutions and governance mechanisms for strengthening green growth in Kitakyushu. It reviews multilevel governance mechanisms, notably with respect to the city’s relations with the central government, the opportunities and limitations of decentralisation, the role of citizens in shaping and implementing green growth in Kitakyushu, and opportunities for leveraging international networks and green exports.
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