The Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) is an OECD initiative, which operates as an annual event and each year focuses on a different cross-cutting issue related to sustainable development and green growth. The 2014 Forum will examine the distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, skills and income. Green growth’s combination of strong economies and a clean environment could increase the well-being of all citizens if the right policy mix is applied.
The Forum will discuss both the technical and political economy aspects of the issues, to propose workable solutions that can be implemented across different levels of government. It will also identify areas that need further research, analysis and collaboration to close knowledge gaps.
It will bring together experts from policy making and research to examine the evidence and options in two key domains – energy and jobs – based on concrete experience of dealing with the social implications for households and workers.
One of the sessions, held with with the International Energy Agency (IEA), will discuss energy sector reform and its impact on households:
- How will different households be affected by greening the energy sector and can these impacts be quantified?
- Will greening raise energy prices and increase energy poverty?
- How can governments make sure reforms are fair and do not penalize vulnerable groups?
- What are the taxes and social transfer measures that seem to be the most effective to tackle equity issues?