Publication - Briefing Note

29 March 2022

Securing a Just and Inclusive Global Green Economy Through Trade Policy

We are witnessing a wave of green regulation as countries increasingly adopt trade-related environmental measures to tackle the climate crisis and protect biodiversity. At the World Trade Organization, countries are debating how trade policy can best contribute to addressing these environmental concerns.

This briefing note provides ideas for that debate. It sets forth a vision for the green transition; rules and principles for the design of trade-related environmental measures; and a diagnostic exercise for the development of data-driven trade policy.

The briefing note is part of a series of expert contributions curated by TESS designed to inform and enrich dialogue on trade, environment, and sustainable development, with a focus on advancing multilateral cooperation and action.

Trade and sustainability policy should contribute to the creation of a just and inclusive global green economy where all countries—developed and developing—have equal competitive opportunities to supply goods and services in a green economy.

Nicolas Lockhart, Dominic Coppens, Katherine Connolly, and Stella Perantakou

Recommended citation: Lockhart, N., Coppens, D., Connolly, K., & Perantakou, E. (2022). Securing a just and inclusive global green economy through trade policy. Forum on Trade, Environment, & the SDGs (TESS).