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Trade policy can play an important role in supporting climate action. By facilitating the dissemination of clean energy technologies and products with low-emissions content, trade can make a significant contribution to the transition to a low-carbon future and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The global trade system offers many opportunities for the climate and the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. To fully leverage the potential of trade in climate action, it is necessary however to ensure that possible tensions between the trade and climate regimes are being addressed. Externalities from trade, including transport emissions, and counter-productive tools such as fossil fuel subsidies and local content requirements need to be disciplined.

It is against this backdrop that the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy organised a workshop on trade and climate change to discuss how trade policies could support climate action. This closed-door event provided for an informal exchange of views among a select group of experts on how to utilise and strengthen the trade regime to address climate change. ICTSD was represented by its Chief Executive, Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, who facilitated a session on disciplines in the trading system that might be applied to promote climate action. 

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reduction and the World Trade OrganizationOptions for Disciplining the Use of Trade Remedies in Clean Energy TechnologiesTrade Elements in Countries’ Climate Contributions under the Paris AgreementGlobal Rules for Mutually Supportive and Reinforcing Trade and Climate RegimesEnabling the Energy Transition and Scale-up of Clean Energy Technologies: Options for the Global Trade System
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 9:15am to Friday, 1 December 2017 - 3:00pm

Eliminating tariffs on environmental goods through a binding agreement in the WTO would not only improve market access and therefore lower the costs of environmental goods, but it would also contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

In 2014, a number of WTO members launched negotiations of an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). The agreement is intended to eliminate tariffs on a list of environmental goods by the signatories, after which the tariff concessions would be extended to all WTO members based on the most-favoured-nation principle. A successful conclusion of the EGA negotiations would be a first step towards binding tariff concessions at the international level, complementing efforts like those by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, which are non-binding, or regional and bilateral efforts in preferential trade agreements.

In light of this, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, with support of ICTSD, held an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) symposium in Beijing on August 29, 2017. The symposium informed industries and policy makers on the state of play in the EGA negotiations and how the EGA would establish a win-win relationship for the environment and business.

The keynote speech was given by Prof. Tu, one of the leading experts in the area of trade and environment in China, followed by 2 panel discussions, with speakers from Chinese, European, Japanese and US industries, and academic and government agencies.

 

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Options for Disciplining the Use of Trade Remedies in Clean Energy TechnologiesBuilding Supply Chain Efficiency in Solar and Wind Energy: Trade and Other Policy ConsiderationsThe Environmental Goods Agreement: How Would US Households Fare?The Relevance of the Environmental Goods Agreement in Advancing the Paris Agreement Goals and SDGs: A Focus on Clean Energy and Costa Rica’s ExperienceReducing Import Tariffs for Environmental Goods: The APEC ExperienceMutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment: A Deliverable on Non-Tariff Measures for the EGA?Addressing Energy Efficiency Products in the Environmental Goods Agreement: Issues, Challenges and the Way ForwardIdentifying Products with Climate and Development Benefits for an Environmental Goods Agreement
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 12:30pm

Торговые меры могут помочь охране окружающей среды

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В этом выпуске «Мостов» содержатся статьи, в которых рассматриваются вклад торговой политики в охрану окружающей среды, в том числе устойчивое управление водными ресурсами, опыт АТЭС в снижении импортных тарифов на экологические товары, использование странами односторонних и многосторонних торговых мер в борьбе с незаконным рыбным промыслом, вопросы охраны окружающей среды в соглашениях о свободной торговле.

 

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