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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Spain 2015

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The OECD Environmental Performance Review Programme provides independent assessments of countries’ progress in achieving their domestic and international environmental policy commitments, together with policy relevant recommendations. This report is the third OECD review of Spain’s environmental performance. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on biodiversity and the environmental performance of the private sector.

Reviews are conducted to promote peer learning, enhance governments’ accountability to each other and to the public, and improve countries’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. They 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. The most recent reviews include: Iceland (2014), Sweden (2014), Colombia (2014).

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Environmental performance of the industrial sector

Spain’s industrial sector has a smaller environmental footprint than most other European countries and is a leader in environmental management systems. However, as the economy recovers, environmental pressures are likely to increase. This chapter examines government and private sector initiatives to manage the industrial sector’s impact on the environment. A selection of policies that aim to strengthen the environmental performance of businesses and to enforce compliance are reviewed. These include the use of economic instruments and environmental management systems.

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