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OECD Plots Green Vision For 21st Century

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  • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
    Dear Colleagues, I thought this short summary (ENDS report) of last week s meeting of the High Level Segment of the Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC)
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 10, 2000
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      Dear Colleagues,
      I thought this short summary (ENDS report) of last week's meeting of the
      'High Level Segment' of the Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC) might be
      of interest to you (see transport rubrique in bold).
      Best regards!
      Peter

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      ENDS Environment Daily - Friday 7 April 2000
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      Copyright Environmental Data Services (ENDS) Ltd
      No copying allowed outside licence conditions
      Also on the web at http://www.ends.co.uk/envdaily
      <http://www.ends.co.uk/envdaily>

      IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

      OECD Plots Green Vision For 21st Century
      Senior officials work towards 2001 review of key
      environmental challenges, responses

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      OECD plots green vision for 21st Century
      ENDS Daily - 07/04/00
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      Member countries of the Organisation for Economic
      Cooperation and Development (OECD) have taken a first step
      towards a major new review of environmental challenges. At
      a meeting of the OECD's environmental policy committee in
      Paris this week, environment ministry heads reviewed early
      outlines of an environmental outlook to 2020 and strategy to
      2010. Both were requested by OECD environment ministers in
      1998.

      Preliminary elements of the OECD's environmental outlook to
      2020 are based on a red-green-amber classification, the
      organisation's environment director Joke Waller Hunter told
      ENDS Daily today. Red means major problems requiring urgent
      attention, yellow indicates uncertainty or potential
      problems and green indicates some improvements.

      Initial findings are that major industry sectors have
      several of these elements. Agriculture, for example, gets a
      green light for growth in organic farming, but a red light
      for agricultural pollution of water and air. Likewise,
      industry is "green" for making "major improvements" in
      resource and energy efficiency and reductions in point
      source pollution. However, chemicals get a yellow light due
      to the problems of indirect releases, and industry as a
      whole gets a red light because overall resource use is
      growing faster than efficiency gains.

      Meanwhile, transport is mainly a red light zone, displaying
      "threatening" trends in both air and road travel. Total
      OECD motor vehicle kilometres travelled are projected to
      increase by 65% between 1990 and 2020, Ms Waller Hunter
      said; air passenger kilometres are set to quadruple.

      In its review of the main environmental problems, the OECD
      has identified four "red lights". Global biodiversity is
      under serious threat due to pollution, land-use change and
      invasion of alien species. Groundwater pollution is
      expected to worsen, with agriculture posing the "major
      threat". Greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to rise
      sharply. And local air pollution leading to smog is also
      seen as a key challenge.

      This week's meeting also saw first indications of top
      objectives likely to be included in the OECD's environmental
      strategy to 2010. Economic growth needs to be decoupled
      from resource and environmental pressures. Environmental
      concerns need to be integrated into economic sectors,
      especially agriculture, transport and energy. The quality
      of life should be improved through better integration of
      social and environmental policies, for example through more
      environmental democracy and public participation.
      Governments must better address global environmental
      inter-dependency by improving global environmental
      governance. And information for decision making should be
      improved through clear and measurable indicators and
      targets.

      Follow-up: OECD ( http://www.oecd.org <http://www.oecd.org> ), tel: +33 1
      45 24 82
      00, and information on the OECD environmental policy
      committee ( http://www.oecd.org/env/epoc.htm
      <http://www.oecd.org/env/epoc.htm> ).

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