Negotiations focus on:
- reduction/elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods and services;
- relationship between existing WTO rules and specific trade obligations (STOs) set out in multilateral environmental
agreements (MEAs); and
- information exchange between MEA Secretariats and the relevant WTO bodies
i. Reduction/Elimination of Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers on Environmental Goods and Services
Various options have been proposed to reduce / eliminate tariffs on goods and liberalise services related to environment. No agreement yet on the approaches to liberalise market access for environmental goods and service. Approaches identified include:
- Liberalise Trade in Goods and Services Related to Climate Change and Clean Energy:
- Goods: elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers on 43 products identified as goods directly linked to addressing climate change, including clean energy technologies on an accelerated timeframe.
- Services: under take commitments in GATS schedules to facilitate trade in services that could contribute to efforts to address climate change, such as environmental, energy, architecture, engineering and construction services.
- Negotiate an Environmental Goods and Services Agreement (EGSA):
- Goods: WTO Members subject to formula cuts in NAMA to negotiate commitments to eliminate tariffs and address relevant non-tariff barriers to trade.
- Services: These same WTO Members to negotiate commitments binding existing market access and national treatment and undertake new liberalisation in areas where significant impediments remain to trade in a broad set of environmental and climate-related services as part of an EGSA.
ii. Relationship between Existing WTO Rules and Specific Trade Obligations (STOs)
- In 2001, it was agreed that Members identify the relationship between existing WTO rules and STOs set out in multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Currently, Members remain divided over the eventual outcomes of the negotiations, i.e. whether to pursue disciplines in a legal form.
iii. Information exchange between MEA Secretariats and the Relevant WTO bodies
- Discussion focus on identifying procedures for regular information exchange between MEA Secretariats and the relevant WTO bodies:
- to ensure that the work being undertaken at the MEAs and the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) was not in conflict with each other; and
- to identify the criteria for the granting of observer status to MEAs that will become permanent observers at the CTE.
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