The service sector - boon or bane for the environment?

As OECD countries embrace the service sector as their economic mainstay, there seems to be a tacit acceptance that, in moving away from manufacturing, environmental benefits must inevitably follow. But three recent reports concur that such a notion would be naive. They call for a policy spotlight on the environmental impacts of services - so as to regulate them effectively and harness their potential to deliver environmental benefits.

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