Thursday, 19th of October 2017
Crozet, France (Close to Geneva)
The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 created a new context for the interface between climate change and trade policy. Various measures with trade consequences are contemplated in the national climate pledges put forward under the Agreement, and calls for trade measures have intensified following the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Agreement.
This changing context draws attention to the role of the international trading system in the response to climate change, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as regional and plurilateral trade agreements. Though much emphasis has been placed on how international trade rules could conflict with climate policies in the wake of the rulings on renewable energy subsidies, this workshop seeks to explore how the trading system could make a positive contribution towards achieving climate objectives.
The workshop brought together practitioners and researchers from the climate and trade communities for an in-depth and substantive discussion, focusing on options related to border carbon adjustments, fossil fuel subsidies, as well as options addressing institutional relations between climate and trade. The workshop presented interim findings on those options from an ongoing Climate Strategies project, with a view to informing and engaging trade and climate policy-makers.