Linking Trade, Climate Change and Energy

Brief
Date period
1 November 2006

SummaryClimate change has emerged as one of the greatest threats to sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been paid to greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption, very little analytical work has been conducted to explore the impact of international trade flows on global warming and the role of trade policies and international regulatory frameworks as possible solutions. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is proud to release this special collection of issue briefs addressing this emerging policy area, produced by ICTSD analysts and a wide range of other contributors on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, held 6-17 November 2006.

This special collection of issue briefs begins with an introduction that summarises ICTSD’s analysis of the key links between three broad areas that are too frequently addressed in isolation from each other: trade, climate change and energy. The second section explains more specifically some of the most important issues facing policy-makers concerned with international policy on energy and trade, including the specific circumstances in Asia and especially China. The final section focuses on bioenergy, looking both at the global picture and at experiences in Africa, Asia and Brazil.