Rene Vossenaar

Independent Consultant

René Vossenaar formerly worked with UNCTAD as Head of the Trade, Environment and Development Branch. After his retirement in March 2005, he has occasionally worked as an independent consultant. He prepared several studies for ICTSD on linkages between the deployment of climate-friendly technologies and international trade, in particular on the renewable-energy supply, buildings and transport sector. He also contributed a paper on climate-related single-use environmental goods. Before joining UNCTAD, he worked for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Brasilia. Following his retirement he lives in Brasilia, but he spends part of the European Summer in the Geneva area.

Bridges news

9 December 2014
En julio del presente año, un grupo de 14 miembros de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) comenzaron las negociaciones plurilaterales destinadas a lograr el “libre comercio global” en una amplia gama de bienes ambientales. En una declaración conjunta , los participantes dijeron que los...
27 November 2014
Shifting to a cleaner energy mix is essential to limit the far-ranging consequences of climate change caused by ballooning greenhouse gas emissions. Trade policy can play an important role in this transition but a number of challenges will need to be addressed in a future Environmental Goods...
10 September 2010
Larger deployment of climate-friendly technologies and products offers the potential for environmental, developmental and trade gains. Yet building consensus on how the WTO negotiations on Environmental Goods and Services (EGS) could make the best-possible contribution to harnessing such potential...