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Assessment of Proposals on Climate Tech Transfer

August 2009 to January 2010

Technology transfer is one of the central issues in the international climate negotiations, reflecting a general consensus that effectively mitigating climate change and adapting to it will require the wide-spread use of climate-friendly technologies. Despite this consensus, many of the details – such as funding, institutional mechanisms and the role of intellectual property – remain controversial. Through this project, the Ecologic Institute examined national and international proposals made in the context of recent UNFCCC technology negotiations. Prospective rules andRead more

News

Newsweek: A Green Trade War?

Some details of the climate bills discussed in the US may have undesired repercussions for the international climate negotiations, argues Stefan Theil in an article in the Newsweek Magazine issue of 4 May 2009. Benjamin Görlach of Ecologic Institute was interviewed for and is quoted in the article. The analysis points out that fears about the competitiveness impacts of climate policy on domestic industries are exaggerated, and that the measures discussed to counter such threats may backfire in international negotiations.

Climate Change and the Economy

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28 April 2008
Berlin
Germany

As part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a workshop on "Globalization, Trade, and Environment: German-American Cooperation or Confrontation?" in Berlin on 28 April 2008.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic moderated the panel on Climate Change and the Economy.

The Speakers were:

  • Claudia Kemfert, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • Sascha Müller-Kraenner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Miranda Schreurs, Free
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Trade and Climate Change

January 2008 to January 2009

In the framework of this project, Ecologic wrote a policy paper shedding light at the most important aspects of the relationship between trade and climate change policies. The policy paper investigates which trade-related policies should be adopted to combat climate change and reviews the compatibility of those measures with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Particular attention is given to issues that are of relevance to developing countries.

Please find more information on the policy paper.Read more

Trade and Climate Change

Triggers or Barriers for Climate-Friendly Technology Transfer and Development?
In their policy paper for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation’s Dialogue on Globalization section, Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf and Christiane Gerstetter of Ecologic Legal, shed light at the most important aspects of the relationship between trade and climate change policies. They investigate which trade-related policies should be adopted to combat climate change and review the compatibility of those measures with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Particular attention is given to issues that are of relevance to developing countries. The first focus of the paper is on the transfer of climate-friendly technologies to developing countries.Read more

To What Extent have Trade SIAs Changed the Way we Make Trade Policy?

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21 March 2006
Brussels
Belgium

The Directorate-General Trade of the European Commission held its "Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment Stocktaking Conference: Implementing Sustainable Trade" in Brussels on 21-22 March 2006.  R. Andreas Kraemer chaired the key first session looking at the extent to which Trade Sustainability Impact Assessments (SIAs) have changed the way the European Union makes trade policy.

The session addressed general issues of the policy debate:

  • After six years of carrying out Trade SIAs, to what extent has this policy tool changed the
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Development in Hong Kong: Non-Agricultural Market Access, IPRs and Services

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8 February 2006
London
United Kingdom

The ongoing world trade negotiations are expected to have significant impact on sustainable development and the production and consumption patterns world-wide.  After the Meeting of Trade Ministers in Hong Kong at the end of 2005, Chatham House convened a conference on 6-7 February 2006 to look at the WTO as well as the Sustainable Development Agenda and its prospects after Hong Kong.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic chaired a key session on NAMA, IPRs, and Services.Read more

International Trade Policy in a World of Different Carbon Prices

More and more instruments require the internalisation of greenhouse gas emissions costs. Yet it is very unlikely that a single global price for carbon will prevail. A frequently voiced concern is that states with stringent climate policies will place domestic industries at a disadvantage relative to competitors in states with less ambitious climate efforts. In this chapter, published in the briefing paper "Competitive distortions and leakage in a world of different carbon prices" for the European Parliament, the Ecologic authors Michael Mehling, Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf und Ralph Czarnecki analyse restrictive trade measures to offset the regulatory burden of climate policies, particularly border adjustments, from a legal point of view.Read more

Climate Change: Are Border Adjustment Measures only the Third-Best Option (Out of Three)?

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15 September 2008
Berlin
Germany

Border Adjustment Measures (BAM) have been discussed as a tool to equalize costs that industries with stringent greenhouse gas requirements have to bear, as some international competitors do not face these costs and allegedly enjoy a free ride. At a workshop of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf and Michael Mehling discussed whether BAM are an adequate tool to address competitiveness concerns arising from the EU's ambitious climate change policies.Read more

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