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OECD urges greener growth

(Xinhua)

08:15, March 31, 2012

PARIS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Chief of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Friday urged environment ministers to achieve economic recovery through making strategies for greener growth.

"We're on a collision course with nature," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria warned at the Environment Minister Conference under the theme "Making Green Growth Deliver."

"The truth is that advancing greener growth is the only credible strategy we have (for the recovery)," said the OECD chief.

Gurria called on OECD members to remove environmentally harmful subsidies and encourage green innovation.

"We need to make pollution more costly than greener alternatives," he said.

"If advanced countries used carbon taxes or auctioned permits to achieve Cancun pledges, they could raise 260 billion dollars per year in revenues by 2020," Gurria said.

The two-day OECD Environment Minister Conference, opening here on Friday, provides a platform for participants to review the implementation of the OECD Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century adopted in 2001.

Experts also discussed future priorities for action based on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 that provided analysis of practical policies to take countries in the right direction: The Consequences of Inaction, which makes a strong case for green growth policies.

Ministers are expected to adopt a policy statement as input to Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

"Taken together, the Environmental Outlook and our green growth strategy, along with our work on water, will go to Rio+20 this year," Gurria said.

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