Clean energy technologies and the trade system

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With the challenges of access to energy, energy security and climate change imperatives becoming more pronounced in recent years, an interest in clean energy has surged. There is a need to phase out the use of fossil fuels, reduce energy intensity, and shift to a cleaner energy mix, making reform of the supply and use of energy a key priority for the global community.

As countries strive to accomplish this shift – often in combination with other policy goals such as generating domestic jobs and revenue – a range of policies and measures have been put in place, some of which have trade implications. Consequently, tensions arise and there is an increasing recourse to the WTO and its dispute settlement mechanism. This raises questions as to whether the existing rules are the most adequate to arbitrate and adjudicate.

Currently, there are no energy-specific rules or commitments in the WTO, nor any structured discussion in the WTO on issues related to renewable energy. Yet research indicates that a supportive framework of rules as well as targeted trade reform could contribute to fostering the scale-up of renewable energy. Given the considerable potential sustainable development benefits, this avenue should be fully explored and sustained.

Reports from the Expert Group on Clean Energy Technologies and the Trade System can be found here.

Members


Theme Leader and Convener

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RMO
Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz
Chief Executive at ICTSD

Group Manager

Ingrid Jegou
Ingrid Jegou
Ingrid Jegou
Programme Manager at ICTSD

Forum Contact

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Sean Doherty 200px
Sean Doherty
Director of Supply Chain & Transport at World Economic Forum

Abraham_James
Abraham_James
James Abraham
Managing Director at Sunborne Energy
Bosco Astarloa
Bosco Astarloa
Bosco Astarloa
Senior Community Manager, Head of Renewable Energy Industry at World Economic Forum
Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe
Senior Partner at Ocampo & Manalo Law Offices
Nicola Borregard
Nicola Borregard
Nicola Borregaard
Chief of the Division for Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Energy, Chile
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Senior Fellow at ICTSD
Peter Brun
Peter Brun
Peter Brun
Managing Director, SETI Alliance at ICTSD
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Associate and Senior Climate Change & Trade Advisor at IISD
Thomas Cottier
Thomas Cottier
Thomas Cottier
Managing Director at WTI
Fabian Delcros
Fabian Delcros
Fabian Delcros
Senior Policy Advisor at Rock Creek Global Advisors
Dolun_Muge
Dolun_Muge
Müge Dolun
Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO
Harbinson_Stuart
Harbinson_Stuart
Stuart Harbinson
Private Consultant
Horlick Gary
Horlick Gary
Gary Horlick
Attorney at Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Professor of International Law at NYU
Veena Jha
Veena Jha
Veena Jha
Director at Maguru Consultants Ltd.
Beatriz Leycegui 1
Beatriz Leycegui 1
Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui
Partner at SAI Law & Economics
David Luff
David Luff
David Luff
Partner at Appleton Luff
David Manning
David Manning
David Manning
Representative of Alberta to Washington D.C. at Government of Canada
Amelia Porges
Amelia Porges
Amy Porges
Principal at Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
Jodie Roussell
Jodie Roussell
Jodie Roussell
Director of Public Affairs, Europe at Trina Solar
Rubini_Luca
Rubini_Luca
Luca Rubini
Reader in International Economic Law at University of Birmingham
Richard Samans
Richard Samans
Richard Samans
Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board at World Economic Forum
Sandholdt_Kaare
Sandholdt_Kaare
Kaare Sandholt
Chief Expert at China National Renewable Energy Centre
Yulia Selivanova
Yulia Selivanova
Yulia Selivanova
Independent Consultant
Tamura_Akihiko
Tamura_Akihiko
Akihiko Tamura
General Manager of Beijing Office at Japan-China Economic Association
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Naigen Zhang
Professor at Fudan Univeristy
Zhao Hong
Zhao Hong
ZHAO Hong
Director General at Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China

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Thematic Team and Project Management

Francesca Bianchi
Francesca Bianchi
Francesca Bianchi
Project Associate, International Trade and Investment at the World Economic Forum
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Marie Chamay
Senior Manager, E15Initiative at ICTSD
Rashmi Jose 1
Rashmi Jose 1
Rashmi Jose
Project Officer, E15Initiative at ICTSD
Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh
Harsha V. Singh
Former Deputy Director-General at WTO

Contributing Authors

Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe
Senior Partner at Ocampo & Manalo Law Offices
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Senior Fellow at ICTSD
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Associate and Senior Climate Change & Trade Advisor at IISD
Horlick Gary
Horlick Gary
Gary Horlick
Attorney at Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Professor of International Law at NYU
Jonas Kasteng
Jonas Kasteng
Jonas Kasteng
Trade Policy Adviser at Swedish National Board of Trade (Kommerskollegium)
Amelia Porges
Amelia Porges
Amy Porges
Principal at Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
Rubini_Luca
Rubini_Luca
Luca Rubini
Reader in International Economic Law at University of Birmingham
Mahesh Sugathan
Mahesh Sugathan
Mahesh Sugathan
Research Fellow at ICTSD