OECD The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has by the government been assigned to be responsible for Sweden's involvement in OECD's environmental work. svenska Share Contact Listen SEPA participates in eleven working groups linked to the OECD Environment Directorate, in the environmental-economic work such as the OECD's work on climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem services as well as sustainable production and consumption. Discussions on the environment and economy The OECD gives an opportunity to have discussions about the environment and the economy without member countries having to commit themselves formally. This provides a good basis for jointly producing new facts and creating a common platform even in controversial areas. The OECD is a meeting forum for, among others, the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Australia and the majority of EU countries. Important countries with rapidly growing economies such as Brazil, China, Russia, India, Indonesia and South Africa (BRIICS-countries) are often invited to the meetings. Meeting of the Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC) Because of COVID-19 EPOC the 28-30 April 2020 was held digital. Information was shared on how countries respond to COVID-19 with bearing on the environment, if there are any lessons learnt from the financial crisis in 2008 and in what way OECD can contribute. The following decisions were taken The EPOC's work program (PWB) for 2021–2022 To gather experience in 2021–2022 through, among other things, pilot reviews of volunteer members to an action plan for the fourth cycle of environmental reviews. To arrange the next EPOC ministerial meeting by late 2021 or early 2022 with the overarching theme: Including Green Recovery. Sweden's Environmental Performance Review One of the OECD's core activities is to review the countries' policies, including environmental policies. A review means that a country goes over its environmental performance and receives constructive feedback on how this can be more effective. It also gives a chance for the country under review to disseminate its good experience. A review therefore provides support for environmental measures at the national level and can thereby also reduce environmental impact across borders. In 2013–2014 a new review of Sweden's environmental performance was done - Sweden was reviewed also in 1996 and in 2004. In 2020 Sweden will performe a Mid Term Report to follow up on the recommendations given in 2014. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Sweden 2014 Aligning Policies for a low carbon economy In the coming years the OECD will be focusing on the analysis of the conditions and ways for continued economic growth without increased pollution and degradation of natural resources. The OECD has developed a strong expertise in and made fundamental analyses of the interaction between environment and economy. One recent example is the OECD project Aligning Policies for a low carbon economy. This report is produced by OECD in co-operation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). It identifies the misalignments between climate change objectives and policy and regulatory frameworks across a range of policy domains (investment, taxation, innovation and skills, trade, and adaptation) and activities at the heart of climate policy (electricity, urban mobility and rural land use). From Environmental Outlook to CIRCLE The OECD makes analyses of the environmental status of the OECD countries with the outlook on the world in general and with scenarios for future development, based on possible alternatives for the economic and political development. At the OECD Environment Committee's Ministerial Meeting in March 2012 the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 - the Consequences of Inaction (link below) was launched. In order to identify the benefits of action, a broad assessment of the costs of inaction and resource scarcity and their feedback on economic growth is needed. This will be done in the project Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: Consequences of Long-term Economic growth (CIRCLE). CIRCLE is part of the the OECD organisation-wide reflection process, New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC), aimed at continuous improve the analytical framework and policy advice of OECD. The parts about climate was ready in 2015 and the whole project will be in 2016. Sweden hosted the forth ad hoc technical expert workshop on CIRCLE, focusing on air pollution, in Stockholm the 24th of May 2016. Accession discussions On 28 April 2020, Colombia has officially become an OECD Member, the 37th country to do so in the Organisation’s near 60-year history. The accession review process is ongoing and Costa Rica.