OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Austria 2013

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This report is the third OECD review of Austria’s environmental performance. The report evaluates Austria's progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on chemicals management and climate change adaptation.

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Towards green growth

Austria has launched several initiatives related to green growth. This chapter examines Austria’s use of taxation policy to pursue environmental objectives and progress in removing fiscal incentives that can encourage environmentally harmful activities. It discusses public and private investment in environment-related services and infrastructure, as well as the use of subsidies to encourage environment-friendly investment. The growth of an internationally competitive environmental goods and services sector is examined along with its potential to serve as a source of economic growth and jobs. Finally, the chapter reviews Austria’s efforts to mainstream the environment in development co-operation programmes.

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