What is the EEB doing?
The EEB serves as a liaison between environmental NGOs in OECD countries and the OECD itself. This also allows the OECD to take advantage of NGO input.
Over the past few years, the EEB has provided input into general policy discussions in the EPOC (Environmental Policy Committee) of the OECD, at Environment Ministerial level and at expert groups and committees.
For this purpose, the EEB has developed a database of environmental NGOs from the OECD countries. This was created as the work of the OECD is seen as particularly importanct for the EU and its Member States.
The EEB also closely follows the work of the OECD on chemicals, environmental fiscal reform, subsidies, and sustainable development.
For the last 12 months the EEB has been following and participating in the OECD’s work to develop a Green Growth Strategy. Ministers at the OECD Council at Ministerial Level (MCM) in June 2009 endorsed a mandate for the OECD to develop a green growth strategy. It is being developed to address both economic and environmental challenges, with input from multiple disciplines.
As OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in April 2010:
"[...] Green Growth is not only an environmental imperative, it bears also the potential to contribute to better economic performance with new innovative technologies, new and more efficient productions methods with more sustainable value chains and new green jobs."
The final Green Growth Strategy Synthesis Report was presented to the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) in May 2011. Please see our reaction here.
The EEB continues to work with the OECD on the Environmental Outlook to 2050, expected to be launched in the spring of 2012.