New report from OECD linking climate action and well-being

In energy efficiency we are often discussing the so-called multiple benefits that include health, jobs and other social benefits.  Now the OECD Secretariat has released a report that tries to look at climate action with a social focus.

The OECD publication Accelerating Climate Action: Refocusing Policies through a Well-being Lens builds on the OECD Well-being Framework and applies a new perspective that analyses synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and broader goals such as health, education, jobs, as well as wider environmental quality and the resources needed to sustain our livelihoods through time. The report takes an explicit political economy approach to the transitions needed across five economic sectors (electricity, heavy industry, residential, surface transport, and agriculture) that are responsible for more than 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, concerns about issues such as affordability of energy and the impact of climate policies on jobs need to be taken into account to counter growing economic and social inequalities within and between countries. The report argues that reframing climate policies using a well-being lens is necessary for making visible such synergies and trade-offs; allowing decision-makers to increase the former and anticipate, manage and minimise the latter. This requires us to rethink societal goals in terms of well-being, reframe our measures of progress and refocus policy-making accordingly.

The highlights are provided in this document.

The book can be obtained here.

 

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