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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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Towards green growth

This chapter reviews Spain’s efforts to mainstream environmental considerations into economic policy and promote the greening of the economy. It analyses the use of taxation policy to pursue environmental objectives and progress in removing fiscal incentives that can encourage environmentally harmful activities. The chapter also examines Spain’s efforts to promote renewable energy and to improve energy efficiency. The role of the environmental goods and services sector as a source of employment and green growth is also discussed. Finally, it examines the country’s eco-innovation performance and R&D spending, as well as efforts to mainstream the environment into development co-operation programmes.

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