Summary: Fostering Low Carbon Growth: The Case for a Sustainable Energy Agreement

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Date period
18 December 2012

This sheet is a Q&A based summary of the issues paper “Fostering Low Carbon Growth: The Case for a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement” by a team of experts at ICTSD, produced by ICTSD in collaboration with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Global Green Growth Institute.

The issue paper highlights the role of trade in contributing to massively scaling up and deploying renewable energy, a crucial step in supporting a shift away from fossil fuel so as to ensure energy security and to address climate change. It identifies a number of barriers to trade in sustainable energy goods and services (SEGS), while pointing to a significant governance gap in a number of key issue areas in the trade and sustainable energy interface.