The Paris Agreement requires its parties to make plans to fight climate change and enhance their ambitions over time. The ultimate goal is to limit the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to stay below 1.5°C. To achieve this, improved energy efficiency, a substantial scale-up in the production of renewable energy, and enhanced access to clean energy technologies are necessary. In a globalised world, this vision cannot be realised without including trade policy in the national and international climate agenda.

This brief summarises the draft messages of the final report from the Climate Strategies project Making the International Trade System Work for Climate Change, funded by the KR Foundation. This report explores how the international trading system could help contribute to achieving the climate goals by systematically assessing 22 policy options, drawing from all research undertaken within the project. The full report is available for download.