Some of the challenges for a carbon-neutral energy transition

International trade agreements are important. However, investor-state dispute-settlement provisions are blamed for impeding government action and that can have a negative impact on environmental policies.  An article in The Economist gives a good account of many of the issues at stake.   How some international treaties threaten the environment In use for over six decades, … Continue reading Some of the challenges for a carbon-neutral energy transition

How Canada integrates environmental issues into trade agreements

Trade agreements increasingly integrate environmental issues. For years, the World Trade Organisation has been working on agreements related to environmentally-traded goods. Jean-Frédéric Morin, Laura Mordelet and Myriam Rochette from Université Laval write an article on the Policy Options website explaining about Canadian practice. Maybe there will be lessons for Britain's Brexit negotiators. The environment in … Continue reading How Canada integrates environmental issues into trade agreements

Strong developments in trade of renewable energy technologies amongst developing countries

The Business Recorder from Pakistan provides good news about trade in renewable energy technologies amongst developing countries.   Renewable energy sector: trade among developing states growing rapidly A study shows that renewable energy (RE) trade among developing countries is growing faster than global and North-South RE trade as developing countries, led by China, take advantage … Continue reading Strong developments in trade of renewable energy technologies amongst developing countries

World Trade Organisation about to re-start negotiations on green goods

After the failure of the Doha Round, the WTO was paralysed for a considerable period. Now the new head of the WTO is trying to get the ball rolling again, according to Shawn Donnan in the Financial Times. Green goods trade talks set to start The world’s leading economies are due on Tuesday to launch … Continue reading World Trade Organisation about to re-start negotiations on green goods