Climate and Growth: An OECD perspective on the future we need

Climate and Growth: An OECD perspective on the future we need

Date & time: 5–6.30pm 19 March 2018, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: The Auditorium, China in the World Building (#188) Fellows Lane Australian National University ACT 2601

Can we have strong climate action and robust economic growth at the same time?

This question has long been at the forefront of national and international discussions on climate, and particularly so since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, lays out the economic case for integrating climate policy into the heart of mainstream economic policy. It demonstrates that there does not need to be a trade-off between climate action, sustained growth and inclusive economic wellbeing.

Combining pro-growth structural and fiscal reforms with coherent climate policy and the alignment of policies across the economy is the key to reorienting our economies towards a low carbon future and increasing resilience to the effects of climate change.

This presentation will focus on what governments can to do boost economic growth and enhance productivity without locking the world into a high-emissions future.

This will be followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A.


  • Dr Emma Aisbett, Junior Professor in International Economics, University of Hamburg and Adjunct Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Other panellist TBC

About the speaker

Anthony Cox is the Acting Director of the OECD Environment Directorate where he leads OECD efforts to develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments, with the aim at helping them improve the domestic and international performance of their policies in the area of environment.

Since joining the OECD in 2000, Mr Cox has managed a wide range of policy analysis on water, climate, fisheries, political economy of reform, green finance and fossil fuel subsidies. In 2017, he led the major OECD project on Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, which played a central role in elevating the issue of climate in the G20 agenda.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr Cox worked as Senior Economist in the Australian Public Service, most recently in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in economics from the Australian National University.