Thomas L. Brewer

Senior Fellow

Thomas L. Brewer is a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva; he is also Convener of the E15 group on Measures to Address Climate Change and the Trade System, as well as member of the E15 group on Global Trade and Investment Architecture.

His current research focuses on the intersections of climate change issues with international trade, investment and technology transfer issues. He has developed a proposal for an Arctic Black Carbon (ABC) agreement, which is discussed in an ICTSD policy paper and in an associated blog and article for ICTSD.

He was a Lead Author of the chapter on International Cooperation in the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was a participant in a workshop in July 2015 in Beijing on “Bilateral Cooperation between China and the United States: Facilitating Progress on Climate-Change Policy." The workshop was co-organized by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Chinese National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation.

He has had recurring short-term appointments as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University in the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, and he has been a Schöller Foundation Senior Research Fellow at Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Germany. He is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, and an emeritus faculty member of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

He is the author of a Cambridge University Press book published in 2014: The United States in a Warming World: The Political Economy of Government, Business and Public Responses to Climate Change. He is the editor and author of the introduction to a symposium on climate-and-trade issues in the refereed journal The World Economy. His other publications include articles in the refereed journals Climate Policy and Energy Policy, as well as chapters in books published by the Brookings Institution, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and other leading publishers. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).







2 May 2018
The April 13 agreement on greenhouse gases at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) creates a window of opportunity. “It’s about time,” some might say. The targets for reducing emissions are apparently ambitious but what precisely have the IMO members agreed to do? Is it realistic to expect...
10 October 2017
Black carbon is a particulate matter with major implications on climate change, public health, and food production. In this post, the author puts forward a set of six policy recommendations arguing that there are numerous opportunities for the G20 to make significant contributions to efforts to...
29 October 2015
An Arctic Black Carbon (ABC) ‘club’ would be a cost-effective response to the increasingly dire prospects for ice melt in the Arctic region, global climate change consequences, and regional health impacts. That is the conclusion of a new ICTSD issue paper, Arctic Black Carbon from Shipping: A Club...

Bridges news

3 June 2015
Increased international maritime traffic raises questions around how to tackle black carbon, or soot, affecting the Arctic region. Black carbon – commonly known as “soot” – is a distinctive and serious climate change problem in the Arctic region. It was a central item on the agenda of the April...
14 July 2014
Los principios geológicos de los depósitos de gas de esquisto se conocen desde hace más de medio siglo, por lo que no hay tal revolución en cuanto a su descubrimiento se refiere. El reto tecnológico ha sido extraerlo a un precio viable de las formaciones rocosas bajo tierra o debajo de cuerpos de...
13 May 2014
Shale gas has become not only an energy exploration and production issue, but has been catapulted up national policy agendas, now impacting macro-economic policy, global environmental debates, public health and safety concerns, as well as energy security questions and potential trade flows.
22 March 2013
The emergence of the "Shale Gas Revolution" in the United States and the prospect of major shale gas production in other countries pose a wide range of new issues concerning trade and sustainable development. The issues have become more salient in recent months in the US as key members of Congress...
22 November 2012
On 9 September 2012, the leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies meeting in Vladivostok, Russia agreed to voluntarily liberalise tariffs on 54 environmental goods. Vladivostok Declaration signatories welcomed and endorsed the APEC list and committed to reduce applied...
1 October 2007
This article describes developments in the EU and US concerning border measures, which could be imposed on imports from countries with policies that are considered insufficiently responsive to the need for climate change mitigation. Abstractly, the underlying problem - in the terminology of...