Saturday 9th December | 09.00 – 10.15 GST Gulf Standard Time

Location: Global Alliance of Universities on Climate Pavilion (no need to register)

At this event, leading researchers and experts in the field of climate-trade policy discussed the prospects and limitations of international cooperation related to BCAs. This event also launched our project’s final report Bridging the Divide: Assessing the Viability of International Cooperation on Border Carbon Adjustments.

Description:  

Cooperation on climate change and trade is intensifying, evidenced by the announced G7 Climate Club, transatlantic talks on a Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminium (GASSA), and new discussions at the World Trade Organization. At the same time, major trading nations have begun to adopt a host of measures to support domestic industries in the transition to net zero. As more jurisdictions consider introducing their own border carbon adjustments (BCAs), an emerging patchwork of bespoke approaches could exacerbate existing trade tensions and erect new barriers to international trade. More importantly, lack of coordination also threatens to sour diplomatic relations at a time when cooperation is as essential to close the persistent climate policy ambition gap.  

Against this backdrop, the Making the Trade System Work for Climate 2.0 project investigates how international trade policy can be amended to better support global climate targets – with a focus on Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) and the potential of plurilateral agreements to increase climate-trade policy efficacy. 

During this session, you will hear from leading researchers and experts in the field of climate-trade policy, as they discuss the prospects and limitations of international cooperation related to BCAs. This event will also launch our project’s final report Bridging the Divide: Assessing the Viability of International Cooperation on Border Carbon Adjustments, which brings current insights into the international state of play for international cooperation on BCAs. 

Speakers:  

Keynote Speakers

Professor Harro Van Asselt – Hatton Professor of Climate Law, University of Cambridge  

Harro Van Asselt is a Hatton Professor of Climate Law with the Department of Land Economy, and a Fellow with Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge. His research specialises in international climate change law and policy, trade and environment interactions, international environmental governance, and the implementation of European environmental law and policy. 

Professor Michael Mehling – Deputy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT 

Michael Mehling is Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at MIT, and a Professor at the University of Strathclyde Law School. His work focuses on climate policy design and implementation at both the domestic and international level, addressing the intersections between environmental, energy, financial market, and trade policy. 

Dr Daniel Ramos – Legal Officer (Trade and Environment Division), WTO 

Dr. Daniel Ramos is a Legal Officer at the WTO Trade and Environment Division and the Secretary to the WTO Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade. In his capacity, he supports Members deliberations in different committees and provides legal advice to dispute settlement panels. 

Catrina Rorke – Senior Vice President for Policy and Research, Climate Leadership Council  

Catrina Rorke is senior vice president for policy and research at the Climate Leadership Council and executive director of the Center for Climate and Trade. Catrina manages the Council’s research program and works with a diverse group of stakeholders from industry, environment, labor, and academia to design and advance U.S. climate policies.  

Geneviève Pons – Director General of Europe Jacques Delors institute

Geneviève Pons is the Vice-President and Director-General of Europe Jacques Delors, a Brussels-based think tank shaping different aspects of European environmental policy, and former head of the WWF’s European Office. Since 2019, together with former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, she has published a series of policy papers on greening the EU’s trade policy, having written extensively on the EU CBAM and, more recently, on the trade, environment, and development nexus and the external dimension of the European Green Deal. 

Agenda

9:00-9:05Welcome and Introduction
Inés H. Jiménez Rodríguez, Programme and Networks Associate, Climate Strategies
9:05-9:20Presentation of Climate Strategies report: Bridging the Divide: Assessing the Viability of International Cooperation on Border Carbon Adjustments
Professor Harro van Asselt, Professor of Climate Law, University of Cambridge
9:20-9:35Presentation of ERCST report: Options and Priorities for the EU-U.S. Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminium
Professor Michael Mehling, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT
9:35-10:00Responses
– Catrina Rorke, Senior Vice President, Policy and Research, Climate Leadership Council
– Geneviève Pons, Director General and Vice President (Europe), Jacques Delors Institute
– Dr Daniel Ramos, Legal Officer (Trade & Environment Division), World Trade Organization
10:00-10:15Q&A with audience