Briefings International Trade and Climate Change

Briefings
READING TIME 15 mins

International Trade and Climate Change

At a time when countries need to be dramatically ramping up action to tackle climate change, trade policies need to help, not hinder these efforts. However, trade and climate change policies as they currently stand tend to work in opposite directions. This is largely due to the fact that the international climate change regime and the international trade regime have been designed in almost complete isolation from one another. This brief summarises five ways in which trade rules are damaging the climate, and lists potential reforms to bring those rules into line with the shared international imperative to avoid dangerous climate change. 

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Published May 2017 TJM

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