This meeting, organised by ERCST in Brussels, aimed to bring together key stakeholders that are both affected by, and involved in managing,the negative social and economic impacts associated with the global transition towards a low-carbon society and economy. It was designed as a brainstorming session and will discuss the state of debate in Europe, and identify possible gaps between the EU, members state and international levels in the work to successfully manage the transition. 

The first panel aimed to illustrate how social and economic impacts caused by transitions have been dealth with in the past and present, and what we can learn from these examples and best practices. The second panel focused on the question to what extent the issue is being recognized and tackled by policy-makers and stakeholders, and how progress can be made, including in cooperation among different levels of policy-making. 

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Monday, 30 October 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

In order to meet the goals set out in the Paris agreement, it is necessary to urgently scale-up climate action. This must reach beyond climate policy. Trade policy is one tool which could be put to use to actively support climate action while removing any measures which may, sometimes unintentionally, slow down the transition to a low carbon economy. This event will look at the role of trade in NDCs, and dwell on how climate is featured in trade agreements. 

Trade is necessary for scaling up the dissemination of clean energy technologies and products with low-emissions content at the global level. In order for this to happen, externalities from trade, including transport, must however be adequately addressed, and counter-productive tools such as fossil fuel subsidies and local content requirements must be disciplined. The role of trade policy in contributing to the success of the Paris Agreement is thus pivotal.

The international community is beginning to recognise the role of trade as a facilitator for climate action. The full potential of trade in accelerating climate action is however far from being reached. Indeed, while 45 percent of all Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) include a direct reference to trade or trade measures, less than half of these are specifically geared towards fostering mitigation.

At the same time, the climate-trade nexus is increasingly becoming visible in regional trade agreements, RTAs. A number of recent, innovative RTAs make specific reference to climate concerns, either through broad declarations of intent in the preambles or more specific commitments, for instance through carefully drafted trade exceptions for environmental measures.

This side-event explored steps that can be taken to increase the potential of trade and trade measures to support climate protection by presenting an overview of trade in NDCs, as well as climate provisions in RTAs. The event drew upon research by ICTSD, as well as on an assessment of the recently agreed Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, CETA, between the EU and Canada, commissioned by President Macron of France and to which ICTSD contributed. 

The side-event took place on Wednesday, 15 November, from 18:30-20:00 at the EU Pavilion in the COP23 Bonn Zone.

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Trade Elements in Countries’ Climate Contributions under the Paris AgreementClimate Change and Sustainable Energy Measures in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs): An Overview
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Date: 15 November 2017

Time: 18:30-20:00

Participants must have COP 23 Bula or Bonn zone badges to access the event.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Purposeful trade policies which support climate action can pave the way for a low-carbon future. It will therefore be of utmost importance that the world’s largest economies work together under the G20 to set out an agenda for collaboration towards a global trade system that supports change.

The low-carbon transition envisaged by countries under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers significant opportunities not only for the environment, but also for the global economy at large. The success of the transition will depend on the international community’s ability to implement it in a timely, inclusive and cost-effective way.

Trade can be a decisive factor in achieving this, given its unique role as an enabler for the dissemination of clean energy technologies and products with a low emissions intensity needed for implementing countries’ NDCs.

To leverage the role of trade in supporting the low-carbon transition, it will therefore be of crucial importance that countries purposefully design their trade policies in a cooperative manner. The G20, bringing together the world’s largest economies and emitters, has a unique role to play in this. Most G20 members have recognised the need to move forward in implementing the Paris Agreement as articulated at the Hamburg summit in July, and have recognised the centrality of trade and investment frameworks for sustainable development.

This side event, taking place in parallel with COP 23, weeks before the 11th ministerial meeting of the WTO and as Germany is about to hand over the presidency of the G20 to Argentina, engaged key stakeholders and decision makers on the role the G20 can play in this context.

The event was co-hosted by ICTSD and the DIE, co-chairs of the T20 task force on trade during the German G20-Presidency. It contained a presentation of preliminary findings from a yearlong project run by ICTSD regarding an agenda on trade, climate change and the G20, as well as findings from the work of the T20 during the year.

The side-event took place on Tuesday, 14 November, from 14:00-16:30 at the Interconnections Zone of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). 

This event is generously co-sponsored by the KR Foundation.

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Black carbon in shipping and aviation: A G20 imperative on trade and climate emissionsPhasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the G20: Progress, Challenges, and Ways ForwardThree-Dimensional Climate Clubs: Implications for Climate Cooperation and the G20Sticking to the Job: Key Trade Policy Considerations for the G20 Hamburg Summit and BeyondMaking the Global Economy Viable for the Future: A Trade and Climate Agenda for the G20
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Date: 14 November 2017

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm