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Environmentally Harmful Subsidies

Policy Issues and Challenges

Environmentally Harmful Subsidies by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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The reform of environmentally harmful subsidies is a high priority for OECD countries. But is there agreement on a common definition of subsidies and on methods to measure them? Are enough reliable data and methods available to identify, measure and analyse environmentally harmful subsidies?

These questions were addressed at an OECD workshop held in November 2002. For the first time, experts from a variety of backgrounds (government, academics, researchers and representatives of international organisations and civil society) had the opportunity to take stock of and share technical knowledge of subsidies and their environmental impacts. They addressed these issues in the context of such diverse areas as agriculture, fisheries, energy, industry, transport, forestry and water resources. The workshop identified a number of technical issues and policy challenges that needed to be examined in pursuing the reform of environmentally harmful subsidies, in particular the development of a common framework to define and measure subsidies. The use of a policy "checklist" was identified as a potentially valuable tool to help identify those subsidies whose removal would benefit the environment.

Proceedings of the OECD Workshop on Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, 7-8 November 2002.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
215 pages; ISBN 9789264104495
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Title: Environmentally Harmful Subsidies
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development