Summary: Issue and Considerations for Negotiating a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement

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18 December 2012

This sheet is a Q&A based summary of the issues paper “Issues and Considerations for Negotiating a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement” by Gary Hufbauer and Jisun Kim, produced by ICTSD, in collaboration with the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Global Green Growth Institute.

The paper examines the conditions necessary for achieving a credible, low cost alternative to fossil fuel-based energy, placing an emphasis on how trade policy can be used to spur development in the sector, and the key issues that need to be addressed in order to accomplish a sustainable energy trade agreement (SETA).