Briefings Can trade and investment policy support ambitious climate action?

Briefings
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Can trade and investment policy support ambitious climate action?

Since the 1990s, international climate agreements have largely taken a country by

country approach to mitigating climate change. However, in recent years, the
conclusion of numerous bilateral or regional trade and investment agreements has
led to an exponential growth in the global flows of goods and capital across
borders. This growth has translated into a significant increase in emissions that 

cannot be bound to a single country. Thus, actions designed to tackle climate
change require a new set of tools and strategies. The following joint-report offers
a set of complementary options that could be implemented to tackle climate
impacts. 

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Published November 2017 TJM

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