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April 2018
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
The Managing a Sustainable Transition to a Low-carbon Society: The socio-economic impacts of mitigation policies policy brief looks at how to identify and manage the expected and unintended socio-economic impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policies.
March 2018
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Fossil fuel subsidy reform is recognised as a vital component of the transition to a sustainable future. A group of 12 countries issued a Ministerial Declaration on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (WT/MIN(17)/54) on the occasion of the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017. Drawing on the knowledge and policy options generated by ICTSD and partners over recent years, this policy brief Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies through the Trade System is intended to support WTO members in building on this declaration.
December 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
The paper How the WTO Can Help Tackle Climate Change through Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Lessons from the Fisheries Negotiations assesses whether the WTO should have a role within the broader context of climate change and, more specifically, in advancing fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR).
December 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The paper Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in the WTO: Options for Constraining Dual Pricing in the Multilateral Trading System discusses the practice of energy dual pricing in the broader context of fossil fuel subsidy reform.

December 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
The paper International Trade Governance and Sustainable Transport: The Expansion of Electric Vehicles has been conceived as an exploratory scoping exercise intended to identify and better understand trade-related issues and knowledge gaps, including how various types of trade measures and policies affect the electric vehicle industry and its value chains.
September 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
The paper Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the G20: Progress, Challenges, and Ways Forward analyses progress and challenges to implementing the G20’s commitment and outlines policy options for G20 policymakers, drawing upon the international trade framework as a means to overcome current implementation deadlocks.
March 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The manufacture of clean energy goods and provision of clean energy services, vital to climate change mitigation efforts, increasingly takes place through globally dispersed supply chains.

March 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), initiated in 2014, is intended to reduce tariffs on a list of goods by the signatories, after which concessions will be extended to all WTO members based on the most-favoured-nation principle.

December 2016

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential role of the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the sustainable development goals of 2015, paying particular attention to potentia

October 2016
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015, includes Sustainable Development Goals with respect to climate change (SDG 13) and to ensuring access to sustainable energy (SDG 7).

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