Supporting Sustainable Energy Trade Initiatives: Launching the SETI Alliance

30 November 2012
Al Meena Street, 25556, Doha, Qatar

Removing obstacles to trade in sustainable energy goods and services and providing enabling international rules-based frameworks to govern trade and investment constitute an important opportunity for addressing climate change. At the same time, such policies and measures would bring about a wide range of benefits, such as enhancing access to energy for the rural poor, spurring green jobs and reducing vulnerability to fossil fuel imports.
This is why ICTSD and its partners the Global Green Growth Institute and the Peterson Institute of International Economics are promoting collaborative approaches that will inform Sustainable Energy Trade Initiatives, including eventual agreements (SETA). Such initiatives would bring countries together around the imperative of a massive, urgent scale-up of innovation, production and deployment of sustainable energy goods, services and technologies addressing tariffs, a broad range of non-tariff barriers and non-border distortive or obstructive measures.
In order to advance these concepts, concrete cooperation between companies, research institutes, intergovernmental organizations and governments can be designed. Such alliances can serve to identify specific obstacles to optimization of the supply-chain, conceive innovative solutions and support policy making at an intergovernmental level.
This networking session will shed light on the relevance of Sustainable Energy Trade Initiatives, as well as serve as the official launch of the SETI Alliance. Register here