OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Germany 2012

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This OECD Environmental Performance Review provides an independent assessment of Germany’s progress in achieving domestic and international environmental policy commitments, together with policy relevant recommendations. It has been conducted to promote peer learning, to enhance countries’ accountability to each other and to the public, and to improve governments’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. These Reviews are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data. Each cycle of the Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected partner countries

English Also available in: German, French

Environmental innovation

Germany’s environmental innovation performance has been supported by a strong national innovation framework, a broad industrial base, a high level of participation in international trade, and strict environmental regulations. This chapter discusses the country’s rich experience in promoting innovation to reduce negative environmental impacts. It covers environmental and general innovation policies and the cross-cutting issue of policy co-ordination. Indicators of patenting activity, and examples from different areas such as air and waste management, energy, and transport, are presented. The chapter also analyses policies to promote renewable energy, including feed-in tariffs, which have helped German industry achieve a significant share of domestic and international markets for various renewable energy technologies.

English Also available in: German


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