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International Trade Policy in the Context of Climate Change Imperatives

International Trade Policy in the Context of Climate Change Imperatives

In their policy paper "International Trade Policy in the Context of Climate Change Imperatives" for the Committee on International Trade, Christiane Gerstetter, Michael Mehling und Tanja Srebotnjak examine the relationship between trade and climate change as well as the potential of trade and trade policies to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The standard briefing International Trade Policy in the Context of Climate Change Imperatives [pdf, 720 KB, English], a policy paper written by Ecologic Institute, sheds light on the most important aspects of the relationship between trade and climate change policies. The policy paper investigates which trade-related policies should be adopted to combat climate change and reviews the compatibility of those measures with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The paper concludes that the relationship between international trade and climate policies is a complex one. This article provides recommendations on trade policies that can be pursued by the European Union in light of the challenges posed by climate change. It is available for download.


Citation

Gerstetter, Christiane; Michael Mehling and Tanja Srebotnjak 2010: International Trade Policy in the Context of Climate Change Imperatives. European Parliament, Brussels.

Language
English
Funding
Publisher
Year
2010
Dimension
24 pp.
Project ID
2610-06
Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPERATIVES
1 INTRODUCTION
2 TRADE AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
2.1 TRADE, TRADE LIBERALISATION AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
2.2 TRADE AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION
3 RISKS AND POTENTIALS OF CARBON-RELATED COMPETITIVENESS MEASURES
4 CLIMATE CHANGE, TRADE AND PROCESS AND PRODUCTION MEASURES
5 TARIFFS AND TRADE IN CLIMATE TECHNOLOGIES
6 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE USE OF CLIMATE TECHNOLOGIES

Keywords
Development, Foreign Policy, Development Policy, Environment Policy, Governance, Foreign Policy Committee, European Parliament, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, climate policy, trade policy, intellectual property rights, Global,