THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP AND THE PARLIAMENTARY DIMENSION OF REGULATORY COOPERATION. By Alberto Alemann for the European Parliament Directorate General for External Policies – Policy Department (April 2014). This report examines the possible role of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) in forming a framework for future regulatory cooperation between the EU and US. In this context, the report examines potential parliamentary roles in this process and their implications for the EU legal order, concluding with recommendations designed to identify the most appropriate avenues for ensuring parliamentarian involvement . The full report can be found here.
A JAPANESE BREAKTHROUGH ON THE TPP? Produced by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (April 2014). In this webcast, Peterson Institute Senior Fellow Jeffrey J. Schott discusses how the tentative “path forward” in the US-Japan talks on agricultural tariffs – within the context of the broader Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations – needs further elaboration. He notes, however, that this could potentially pave the way for a broad accord later this year. The audio can be found here.
MEETING CHINA’S GLOBAL RESOURCE NEEDS AND MANAGING SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS TO ENSURE SECURITY OF SUPPLY: SYNTHESIS REPORT. By S. Zadek, M. Forstater, H. Cheng, J. Potts, and G. Huppé for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (April 2014). This paper focuses on China’s growing resource needs, noting that the management of sustainability impacts is essential toward avoiding supply disruptions. The authors therefore outline and test a commodity-by-commodity framework for assessing sustainability risks and vulnerability for importers, which is designed to be applied both at the micro and macro levels. The assessment methodology was tested through a desk study looking at copper and palm oil, with the two commodities being evaluated at both an enterprise and a national level. The full publication can be found here.
THE STATE OF SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES REVIEW 2014: STANDARDS AND THE GREEN ECONOMY. By J. Potts, M. Lynch, A.Wilkings, G. Huppé, M. Cunningham, and V. Voora for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (March 2014). This paper provides an overview of market and performance trends across 16 of the most prevalent standards initiatives operating across ten commodity sectors. The authors aim to strengthen the understanding of how voluntary sustainability standards are developing over time, both in terms of the systems used and the resulting market impacts. The full report can be found here.